Loathe have revealed a new collaboration version of their track “Is It Really You?”, with LA-based alt-rock band Teenage Wrist. Taken from their 2020 record “I Let It In And It Took Everything”, “Is It Really You?” has been identified as one of the pivotal moments in Loathe’s sonic evolution, in part due to its shoegaze laced atmosphere. This new version is a lustrous interpretation, embracing the track’s almost dream-pop aesthetic.
Marshall Gallagher from Teenage Wrist stated:
“We discovered ‘I Let It In and It Took Everything’ while we were tracking ‘Earth Is A Black Hole’, and it immediately became one of my favourite records of that year. Honestly, I only listened deep to a handful of records while we were making ours and that was one of them. So, it was pretty wild to get to dig through the actual tracks and do our own interpretation of ‘Is It Really You?’ – I was already such a big fan and that song in particular really hit me. It’s extra cool to know that we’re fans of each other’s music and hopefully we get to share a stage soon”.
Loathe stated: “Teenage Wrist are great! We’ve been fans of their music for a while and soon after the release of their latest record we caught wind that they’d be interested in collaborating with us. And so their take on ‘Is It Really You?’ was born. It’s interesting to hear our song through another artists respective lens, especially from artists you appreciate and enjoy too”.
Loathe will be undertaking a huge 23-date US tour in April/May 2022 as support to Code Orange. They are currently working on the follow-up to 2020 studio album “I Let It In and It Took Everything” and 2021 ambient instrumental record “The Things They Believe”.
2021 was an incredible year for Loathe, especially in the live arena, completing their biggest UK headline tour in December, in which they performed “I Let It In and It Took Everything” in full each night. They racked up a number of live UK dates with While She Sleeps, also appearing at the Download Festival Pilot, Reading and Leeds Festival, and Slam Dunk.
Loathe’s latest record “The Things They Believe” was released unannounced in February 2021; an ambient soundtrack album accompanying a limited edition photobook by Mark Unthank. Despite the critical success of 2020’s “I Let It In and It Took Everything”, some of the record’s central themes were left incomplete. The Things They Believe drew out some of the ideas from “I Let It In and It Took Everything”, pushing them in a radical new direction. “I Let It In and It Took Everything” showcased Loathe’s hard and heavy experimentalism, while “The Things They Believe” brought out a more esoteric side to the band.
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