London, Tuesday February 20, 2018
Husky Loops is an Italian three-piece band based in London. The trio, Danio (vocals and guitar), Pietro (drums and samples) and Tommaso (bass), dress in black and play songs built on funky grooves and metallic riffs.
Tonight the Huskies play The Lexington, a somewhat smaller venue than the ones they’ve been playing recently while supporting Placebo on their arena tour. But that’s the fate of being a band that’s starting to make waves, you fluctuate between the bigger and the smaller jobs – one moment you have to try and win over someone else’s audience, and the next you are headlining a venue the size of the stage you played a few nights ago. I can’t help thinking that, that contrast must be a bit of a mindfuck. But if it is, it doesn’t show.
Husky Loops come across as a confident group of musicians, secure in their sound and with their style. Many bands don’t like being compared to someone else’s sound, but I guess it’s human nature to find reference points when trying to understand and describe something. Depending on our former reference points, our education and knowledge, different people might hear the same piece of music differently, and for me, if having to explain what Husky Loops sound like, based on my limited knowledge of them, the first reference points that come to mind, is a curious mix between Franz Ferdinand and Chemical Brothers.
Though the Huskies are pretty new to me, and I can’t name any of their songs, they clearly have a bit of a following in the audience who know the songs better than I do and respond very enthusiastically. Their music is funky and edgy and great to dance to, and the gig gets people going from start to finish.
Husky Loops setlist