'Lice' is testament to the power Loom are capable of creating when left to their own devices
Listen to the shameless Stooges thrust on ‘Salt’ and the homage to Nirvana’s sludgier moments on the sleazy ‘Acid King City’, and there’s no getting away from how derivative Loom’s sound is. But in Tarik Badwan they have a frontman with enough personality and energy in his Faris-in-pain yowl to make moments hidden within their garagey racket their own. Hear him drawl “no I don’t answer to you, and I’ve got nothing to prove” on ‘Acid King City’ and be drawn into his world. Another plus is that Loom’s cover of The Jesus Lizard’s ‘Seasick’ on this debut EP doesn’t grab as violently as their own tunes, which is testament to the power they’re capable of creating when left to their own devices.