-- New album 'Spanish Moss And Total Loss' released on July 17th, 2012
--Named "One of the 10 best new bands on Earth" by Q Magazine
--Featured on the cover of CMJ magazine (May 2009), and charted in the RPM Top 20.
--Reintegration Time released in Europe in February 2010 through ADA Global.
--Shout Out Out Out Out toured Canada and east and west coasts of the US in March/April/May/Oct 2009, the US in March 2010, Europe in April 2010, and the US and Canada in September/October 2010 in support of Reintegration Time.
--March 3 - "Reintegration Time" released on CD and 3xLP through Nrmls Wlcm Records
Yep, I’m writing a bio for my own band. Welcome to the world of Shout Out Out Out Out. We do a lot of things ourselves, really. I produce and record our records, Jason and I run a small record label that releases our records, Lyle designs our website, Gravy takes our photos, Will and Clint provide youthful exuberance and comic relief, we all do our part. We live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It’s an alright place: cold in the winter, hot in the summer, people are, for the most part, friendly here (regardless of what our exceptionally high murder rate would suggest). There’s not that much more to say about it really. I guess it is the kind of place where if you want to get anything done, you pretty well have to do it yourself, so maybe that’s why I am here writing this.
Shout Out Out Out Out formed in the summer of 2004. We had all been playing in a variety of scrappy rock and punk bands, and came together with a shared interest in synthesizers, a burgeoning interest in electronic music as a whole, and a strong desire to take ourselves out of the comfort zone of our previous musical experiences. Our earliest incarnations were pretty crude, learning as we went along, but luckily it seemed to resonate with local crowds, more so than any other project we had previously been involved in. We released our first album, Not Saying / Just Saying in 2006, and it was well received beyond our expectations, earning us a nomination for a Juno Award (we didn’t win, oh well), and raising our profile in Canada significantly. This led to a buttload of touring throughout North America, with the reputation of our (truly) live show helping to expand our base of fantastic supporters. It eventually took us 3 years to record our sophomore effort Reintegration Time, which we released this time in Canada, the US, and the UK/Europe to an inspiring and positive response, again beyond our expectations. More touring followed, in all of the markets where Reintegration Time was released.
Our new album, Spanish Moss and Total Loss, was recorded over the course of 3 months in our hometown of Edmonton. We strongly feel that it is our best work to date (and so we should, what would be the point otherwise?). The album marks a bit of a departure from our previous material, or rather a natural progression. Since our humble beginnings in 2004, we have grown to be fully encompassed in the world of electronic music, and this is now our world and the way we think about things. We tried to write a record that we would all personally listen to, and a record that we would be proud to play as DJs (we do that too). This is our most ambitious production to date, expanding our previous instrumentation of two drummers and four bass players (with a mountain of analog synths), to include Rhodes piano, baritone guitar, saxophone, and well, even more synths. As on our previous two albums, I sing through an old analog vocoder, and lyrically I try to tackle my own demons, dreaming of a life where I can just stay on vacation forever, not having to deal with being broke all the time or be reminded of personal failures. Yeah, I know, poor me… but really, writing dance music is actually a pretty therapeutic way to diffuse my problems. To our ears, this album breathes nicely, is more melodic and varied than our previous efforts, and marks a step forward in our ability as songwriters as well as our comfort level as producers of electronic music. We have been strongly influenced by classic House music, Techno, Disco, Krautrock, and a variety of cosmic synth music, and I feel all of these influences have crept their way into Spanish Moss and Total Loss. We are tremendously proud of this album, and we hope you enjoy it.
March 20, 2012
Shout Out Out Out Out have shared the stage with Chromeo, !!!, Reuben Wu (Ladytron), Holy Fuck, MSTRKRFT and a whole lotta other like-minded dancey-pantses, as well as participating in festivals such as SXSW, NXNE, CMW and CMJ.
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Nik Kozub - vocoder, bass, samplers/electronics/synth
Jason Troock - synth, bass
Will Zimmerman - bass, synth
Lyle Bell - synth, bass
Clint Frazier - drums
Gravy - drums
12" single, Nrmls Wlcm Records
Nobody Calls Me Unless They Want Something
Nobody Calls Me Unless They Want Something (Mocky Remix)
Album, Nrmls Wlcm Records
Not Saying/Just Saying
12” single Nrmls Wlcm Records
Dude You Feel Electrical
Self Loathing Rulz (Malente remix)
Self Loathing Rulz
12" single, Nrmls Wlcm Records
In The End It's Your Friends
In The End It's Your Friends (San Serac Remix)
Album, Nrmls Wlcm Records
12" Single, Nrmls Wlcm Records
How Do I Maintain (Emperor Machine Remix)
In The End It's Your Friends (Mugwump Remix)
Guilt Trips Sink Ships (Headman Remix)
Guilt Trips Sink Ships (Headman Remix Instrumental)
Album, Nrmls Wlcm Rcrds
Spanish Moss And Total Loss
Shout Out Out Out Out: Dumb Name, Album of the Year
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By Michael Lopez in CD Preview Thursday, Mar. 5 2009 @ 7:17AM It's just barely March and I alrea...By Michael Lopez in CD Preview
Thursday, Mar. 5 2009 @ 7:17AM
It's just barely March and I already have a solid pick for my favorite album of the year. Animal Collective gave us Merriweather Post Pavilion and I fawned over it. It's a solid offering, scaling back the Baltimore act's weirdness to produce some very catchy tunes. But I got a tip a few weeks ago to check out Edmonton punk/electro group Shout Out Out Out Out. They are insanely unique and rather odd, employing four bass players, two drummers, and plenty of synthesizers. What comes forth is a funky, Canadian take on dance-punk. The band is known for its legendary live shows. But pay no mind to how they actually do it, because Shout Out Out Out Out's sound is bigger and funkier than anything I've heard all year. Reintegration Time, their second LP, is, hands down, my favorite album of 2009.
Canadian music can be a fickle beast, especially when it isn't out of Toronto or Montreal. The fact that Shout Out Out Out Out is from Edmonton makes their music all the more incredible, because Toronto or Montreal usually claim all the relevant Canadian talent (Arcade Fire, Chromeo, Fucked Up, Broken Social Scene, Metric, Stars). Whatever it is, the members of Shout Out Out Out Out can channel into their music from their chilly Edmo (as the kids call it) confines is okay by me. Their sound is a mix between eight-minute prog-rock freakout jams, aborted !!! songs and vocoder-heavy indie rock (yes, someone outside of hip-hop finally found a tolerable way to use the vocoder). Whatever it is got into these white dudes' heads, I'm buying it. They have got me to throw away my conventions when it comes to praising a band for making such enjoyable music. I am usually not one for a song over 5-6 minutes, especially if that song is instrumental. But Shout Out Out Out Out (I hate typing their name as much as you hate reading it) has other ideas for what convention should be. Their songs range from no shorter than 5 and a half minutes to over 10 minutes long - and I love every minute of it. Having two drummers is a gimmick usually reserved for a shitty industrial bands, but Shout Out Out Out Out rely on this dual percussion to give their electro-punk its bite and unique grooves.
The band asks both Cadence Weapon and label mates San Serac to add some guest vocals to two of the better songs on the album ("Coming Home" and "One Plus Two Plus Three"). Edmo rapper Cadence Weapon may very well have the best part of the album when he starts howling the line "We do acid!" on the track "Coming Home," infusing the album with a dark, powerful energy that the previous three tracks failed to achieve. The song is overflowing with dancefloor ready grooves, which no doubt adds to the band's already mythical, legendary stage reputation. The latter half of the album continues on this journey on into "One Plus Two Plus Three," featuring the vocals of one-man disco outfit San Serac. The track's thumping bass is met with Serac's aching, desperate vocals about simple arithmetic, segueing on into the trippy, funked out synths provided by head honcho Nik Kozub. The eighth song on Reintegration Time, "Remind Me in Dark Times," is by far the best song on the album. It combines everything Shout Out Out Out Out does so very well into one 9-minute absolute club banger. The drums keep the time while bass layers pour all over the song, setting up creepy, eerie vocoder lyrics - all while battling staccato synths and even more slaptastic, funky bass, thrown in for damn good measure.
What more can I say about this album that hasn't already been done? I may be too far in the forest to see the trees, but I have no qualms about regarding Shout Out Out Out Out's effort as my favorite of 2009 thus far. It is still early, but it will take a hell of an effort to knock these Edmo dudes from the top of my list. They embody everything I normally despise in a band (dumb name, more than one drummer, vocoder, white dudes playing eight-minute long instrumental songs) but they manage to absolutely murder the effort on their sophomore album.
Reintegration Time is out now in Canada on NRMLS WLCM. It will be released in the U.S. on May 5.
Check out the songs "Bad Choices," "Guilt Trips Sink Ships," "Coming Home" and "In The End It's Your Friends" all from Reintegration Time at the band's MySpace.
New Sounds: Shout Out Out Out Out
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New Sounds: Shout Out Out Out Out Eden Munro / email@example.com If Shout Out Out Out Out’s f...New Sounds: Shout Out Out Out Out
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If Shout Out Out Out Out’s first album, Not Saying/Just Saying, rose up out of Edmonton’s boom times, an ideal soundtrack for a generation surrounded by money and yet still swimming in debt, then the band’s new one, Reintegration Time, is a fitting followup, coming as it does when the freeflowing coin of the past few years has slowed to a trickle.
Right from the record’s opening there’s a sense that it’s going to take more work to make it through this album than it did the previous one. That’s very much because SO4 has avoided turning Not Saying/Just Saying into a blueprint for future efforts.
The opening track of Reintegration Time, “Run,” fades in from a distance, its beat propulsive but cloaked in a new darkness that unfolds slowly as a welcoming bass line enters, leading into some majestic chords that soar across the tune. “Run” builds slowly, its shifting dynamics and sounds almost imperceptible at times, until they’ve taken over and legs are moving and heads bobbing in time. By the time that first track has ended, it feels as though it’s miles removed from where it began, and yet still only the introduction to something more.
What that is, exactly, is a trip that covers a shadowy version of the electronica soundscape that SO4 is at home in, moving through eminently danceable tunes like the bouncing “Guilt Trips Sink Ships” and the trance-inducing “Bad Choices,” as well as “Coming Home,” a hypnotic and aggressive collaboration with Cadence Weapon and some crazy prog-dance-rock on “How Do I Maintain” parts one and two.
Part of what makes Reintegration Time work so well is the refusal to rush anything, giving each piece the space it needs to breathe, rising and subsiding as it moves along towards what seems an inevitable conclusion in the title track. But it’s really the final three songs, “Remind Me in Dark Times,” “In the End It’s Your Friends” and “Reintegration Time,” that provide a climax and resolution to the record.
After the smoothness of the SO4/San Serac collaboration “One Plus Two Plus Three,” “Remind Me in Dark Times” begins with a forceful bass, joined by a series of synths seemingly blown in on an apocalyptic wind that leaves plenty of space for the uneasy feeling that pervades the track until it becomes more forceful as the number of notes rise during the chorus, laying back again afterwards.
After nine minutes, “Remind Me in Dark Times” recedes back into the bass, clearing the path for “In the End It’s Your Friends,” its chorus of “In the end it’s your friends that’ll fuck you over” a warning on the surface but a veritable call to arms for the band and likeminded souls bubbling underneath.
Finally, there is “Reintegration Time”; like the album opener, the closing number is an instrumental structured as a crescendo, but when it finally gives away it devolves into a distant whisper, releasing into nothingness over nearly five minutes it’s the sort of closer that leaves one breathless, acting as the perfect culmination to a remarkably whole record. V
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Shout Out Out Out Out - "Sometimes less is more, but when it comes to Edmonton, Canada's Shout Out O...Shout Out Out Out Out - "Sometimes less is more, but when it comes to Edmonton, Canada's Shout Out Out Out Out, more is never enough! Folks from NYC to Austin couldn't get enough of this six-piece that includes two drummers rocking clear Vistalite kits, four bass players, a ridiculous assortment of synths, vocoders, cowbells and samplers, plus one drum pad that goes "BEW!" Kicking out "volatilelectricodebtrock" since 2004, Shout Out x4 has used geographical isolation to nurture. "It can get so cold [in Edmonton]. . .we have nothing to do but stay indoors and be creative, collaborate," says producer-bassist Nik Kozub. That community sense infuses the band's debut full-length, 'Not Saying/Just Saying', masking day-to-day reality with prismatic filter funk." -TW
Not Saying/Just Saying Review
“One of the best Canadian releases of the summer.” NNNN
Most talked about band nobody had ever heard of before last Wednesday: Shout Out Out Out Out!
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“Shout Out Out Out seemed to genuinely come out of nowhere and become the talk of the town by Saturd...“Shout Out Out Out seemed to genuinely come out of nowhere and become the talk of the town by Saturday night once their show at Lit was upon us. They were a pure, unadulterated dance party, from all accounts…for one week, they were on the lips of every scenehead and tastemaker worth their weight in technorati rank.”
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CMJ 2006, thecjm.ca: "Shout Out Out Out Out: OH. MY. GOD. These guys put on one of the best shows I...CMJ 2006, thecjm.ca:
"Shout Out Out Out Out: OH. MY. GOD. These guys put on one of the best shows I have ever seen. 2 drummers, 4 other dudes rotating between keyboards and bass(es), an old school drum machine, and a lead singer addicted to his vocorder. They were amazing, fun, energetic, and impossible to not dance to. It's as if Soul Sonic Force was reborn in Edmonton. I think the best way to describe them is to say that when Daft Punk said they were making an electronica rock record, it should have sounded like the Outs and not like the bland crap it ended up being. These boys kept me dancing until 2 in the a.m. I think I'm ready to crown them the new Rock'n'Rollah Ayatollah."
Vancouver Province, Edmonton Journal:
"Shout Out Out Out Out: This Edmonton sextet's ridiculously danceable no wave sound even had the Austin PD officer at the Alberta BBQ getting his groove on. Are they Canada's best unsigned act?"
CMW 2006, Chartattack.com:
Canadian Music Week report card score 97/100
“If all dance music was this good, everyone would be listening to dance music and nothing else. Ever.”
"Anyone who missed this Edmonton collective's set should kick themselves long and hard. The robotic-voiced, dual drum, multi-bass and keyboard-infused disco punk band absolutely killed. Imagine the post-punk electroclash thud of Trans Am and the '80s dance pop of Trans X rolled into one orgiastic ball of energy and you start to get the idea."
"...you’d have to be a truly spiritless, puppy-kicking, monster to be unmoved by the joyful display that is Shout Out Out Out Out."
2005, Now Magazine:
"SHOUT OUT OUT OUT OUT - Edmonton six-piece crafts the illest, most danceable shit this side of James Murphy.... The wicked live party boasts two drummers, three basses, sloppy keyboards, robot vocals and three cowbells. Like Daft Punk playing at Tony Iommi's house."
Interview: Shout Out Out Out Out Catch Fire
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Shout Out Out Out Out's frontman Nik Kozub waves his left fingers around, showing off burn marks on ...Shout Out Out Out Out's frontman Nik Kozub waves his left fingers around, showing off burn marks on two of them.
"I was probably lit on fire six times," he sighs.
He's talking about the Edmonton synth-bass-drum band's first and fiery video, "Coming Home," directed by Steven Hope.
With the help of a special effects crew -- and an Aliens-style flame-thrower -- the six Shout Outs and their gear erupt into a giant inferno as Edmonton rap hero Cadence Weapon watches.
But Kozub's blisters have nothing to do with the 17-hour shoot. The vocoderist was smeared with a layer of what he describes as cold toothpaste. Fire-retardant gunk.
"No one was hurt, no injuries," he says.
"I came home (from the shoot) and burnt my knuckles on the toaster oven. What a loser, hey? Like I need some special effects guy following me around whenever I want to make a pita pizza. It's pretty symbolic of my life."
Switching roles -- from one of Canada's electro visionaries to ordinary Joe -- isn't always easy for Kozub or the rest of his bandmates.
After four years and thousands of kilometres on the road with Shout Out Out Out Out -- including gigs at the Virgin Festival in Baltimore, Maryland, and stops at New York's hip CMJ Marathon -- he's still no closer to balancing his two lives. His attempts -- and subsequent frustration -- are two of the themes of the group's second album, Reintegration Time, available Tuesday on Normals Welcome Records.
"It's the same thing for anyone who has a five-day work week and your entire world is a cubicle," he says. "How do you figure out to be normal after that and get into a social situation and decompress?"
The first single, "Coming Home," featuring spacey squelches and Cadence Weapon's "We do acid!" cries, tries to answer those questions. So does "One Plus Two Plus Three," starring Maryland vocalist/electro artist San Serac.
Or maybe not. "I think he might be dissing us," laughs Kozub. "It's hard to tell what he's on about."
"Remind Me In Dark Times" is much more straightforward. Think of it as a sympathetic shoulder for the times you lose interest in the very things you thought you loved -- your job, your band, your city.
"It has a negative theme, but I think of it as a rallying point," says Jason Troock, one of Shout Out Out Out Out's four bassists/synth players. "It's an acknowledgment that things aren't going well but we have control over this ship, so let's get it going in the way we want it."
As it turns out, "Remind Me In Dark Times" is a perfect fit for the album. Roiling with sinister burbles, phaser-like fire, Kozub's roboticized vocals, and the dual percussion of Clint Frazier and Gravy, Reintegration Time feels more like a safety valve -- helping to release the pressures of life.
Yet it's not filled with the same abandon as the band's Juno-nominated debut. Not Saying/Just Saying, released in 2006, was punctuated with hip-shaking, four-string, party-time grooves -- provided by Will Zimmerman and Lyle Bell -- but their latest is much more atmospheric, largely propelled by analog synths, particularly Kozub's Minimoog Voyager synthesizer.
"What we're bringing to the table is not the popular status quo," he says. "There's a trend toward a lot of hard bangers and I think we're pretty unified in our decision not to go that route. We wanted to try to do something with substance. We wanted to make something that people like and that can last."
Canadian tour dates include:
March 5, Calgary
March 27, Victoria
March 28, Vancouver
April 21, Saskatoon
April 22, Winnipeg
April 25, Toronto
April 29, Ottawa
April 30, Montreal
Editors' Music Pick: Shout Out Out Out Out
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When you work at a music magazine, dozens of CDs per day show up in the mail - even more in electron...When you work at a music magazine, dozens of CDs per day show up in the mail - even more in electronic form in your email inbox. It's work to sort through them all, and more work to listen carefully to each to decide who you should cover, so the occupational hazard is that the very thing that makes this your dream job - being around great music and the latest technology - can begin to burn you out.
That's why we're delighted when we come across something that reminds us why this is our dream job. Something like Reintegration Time, the sophomore album from Edmonton, Alberta synth rockers Shout Out Out Out Out. Soaring harmonies sung entirely by vocoder are the signature here, and though the sound of a vocoder, not to mention that of the underlying analog pads and basses, is "retro" by definition, the band scuplts that sound so creatively and musically that any possibility of cutesy-throwback vibe is nipped in the bud. In fact, they seem to avoid any of the sonic posturing that too often permeates dance, trance, techno, and electro. Instead, this is just plain good music, performed in an electronic medium.
I've said the following about records before, and it's always been because I really, really mean it: Rabid fans of the genre will have no problem getting behind Reintegration Time, but it's also the exact album you should run out and buy if you think you don't like techno.
Highly recommended - and of course, look for a full interview with the band in the June issue!
-Stephen Fortner, Executive Editor
CMJ weekly cover Q Magazine Billboard various reviews
CMJ Weekly cover
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How Do I Maintain Pt I
How Do I Maintain Pt II
Guilt Trips Sink Ships
Dude You Feel Electrical
Procrastinator's Fight Song
Remind Me In Dark Times
In The End It's Your Friends
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