When it comes to Husky Loops, expect the unexpected; the London-based three-piece’s curveball tunes will keep you guessing at every turn, thanks to shapeshifting riffs, oddball arrangements and a visceral energy.
The band, made up of Danio (vocals and guitar), Pietro (drums and samples) and Tommaso (bass), first met at school in northern Italy before relocating to the capital and starting their latest musical voyage. Since then, they leave no stone unturned in terms of influence, with everyone from impressionist painters to Beyoncé inspiring a brooding rock sound that incorporates elements of hip-hop and RnB into its sonic palette.
With the first single from their October-bound sophomore EP out now, we caught up with their frontman to discuss all things Husky Loops.
‘Girl Who Wants To Travel The World’ is a great tune. How did the track come about?
“Hi. Danio here, replying from the darkest chamber. ‘Girl Who Wants To Travel The World’ was a three part creation process. I wrote the song after seeing a girl with a big back pack on the Bakerloo line and the entire lyrics came to my mind in a second right then. At the time, that image was matching part of my personal life, so those lines came about very naturally. The arrangement was created in my room: the beginning the song was basically a hip-hop beat with samples and sampled drums done with my MPC and after adding the chords and melody on top of those groovy things, I brought the song to the guys and they added the live Husky Loops feel to it. It was fun. This tune is very different from the songs people would expect us to have and that was the main reason why we decided to drop it as the first single of this new EP. We like surprises.”
How did Husky Loops start out?
“We re-met in London and we wanted to play in a band together. Boring, but true. At the beginning we were in different bands, but it was easier for us to connect much better together because we were all very motivated and we’re all from the same place.”
What inspired your name?
“The entire movement of German architectural modernism was known as Husky Loops. Beginning in June 1907, Pietro Garrone’s pioneering industrial design work for the German electrical company AEG successfully integrated art and mass production on a large scale. He designed consumer products, standardized parts, created clean-lined designs for the company’s graphics, developed a consistent corporate identity, built the modernist landmark Tiny Factory and made full use of newly developed materials such as poured concrete and exposed steel and yellow socks. Garrone was a founding member of the Tiny Factory, and both me, Clare Britt and Tommaso Medica worked for him in this period. It was hard to have such a difficult story as a background, but Husky Loops was a much better name than Oasis.”
Who are the Top 5 biggest influences on your sound right now?
“Month of August 2017:
Any other new bands that you’ve played with and would recommend?
“Count Counsellor, Estrons, YAK, and Pleasure Complex. It was particularly amazing to play with these guys, but every single band that supported us or we supported was a great experience for us and we don’t forget.”
And finally, what does 2017 hold for Husky Loops?
“Uh oh, woo. Woo. Some GREAT gigs in Europe: we’re playing Reeperbahn Festival on September the 23rd, then we are going on tour all around the UK supporting Placebo in October, and THAT will be bloody amazing… also we’re writing, writing, writing and putting down ideas all the time. We are going to release a new EP on October the 6th on our own label, and hopefully we will fall in love.”