Louis and the Shakes – “Blame”


Fondly producing a sound reminiscent of The Arctic Monkeys, “Blame” is a stellar track from Louis and the Shakes, the London-based act previously known as Louis Antoniou. Last year saw the band highlighted on BBC Introducing, with the frontman playing two tracks live on air. They also performed at The Crypt Sessions and the OnBlackheath Festival. Louis And The Shakes cite Jesse Jo Stark, Queens of the Stone Age, and Alexandra Savior among their influences.

Suave guitar licks adorn “Blame” from the get-go, with the Alex Turner-esque vocals emitting a sly presence. The first hook arrives at the 51-second mark — “the joke you’re not letting me in on,” — as a melodic twist is successfully maneuvered. Past the two-minute mark, the guitars pick up in stride alongside the vocals: “I’ve only got myself to blame / Lady Envy has got a hold on me.” A melodic guitar solo wraps up this catchy gem.

“Blame” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of September 2019’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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