Loop was formed in Croydon, London, 1986 by Robert Hampson (vocals/guitars) and partner Beki Stewart (Bex) on drums. Following several line-up changes, the band were to take a more primal rhythmic foundation captured on their impressive debut full-length Heavens End (1987). The band managed to hypnotise all with their discordant, trance-like spell which served as an antidote to the prevailing trend in British pop at the time – they resurrected the concept of loud out there-rock for a new era, creating droning soundscapes of bleak beauty and harsh dissonance, loosely influenced by bands such as The Velvet Underground, The Stooges, The MC5, but retaining an avant-garde and experimental edge from Can, Faust, Neu!, Rhys Chatham, Glenn Branca and minimalist systems music.
Live shows were revelatory, Loop, allowing LOUD as a constant descriptive term, they pushed PAs to the very edge of their existence, creating a sonic pummel not really experienced since. After three albums (‘Heaven’s End’, ‘Fade Out’ and ‘A Gilded Eternity’) and four years of pushing the boundaries, the band disbanded in 1990. They returned in 2015 with the ‘Array 1’ EP released on ATP Recordings, and a new line-up is set to bring Loop back to the live stage in 2017.