Loop at Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, April 16, 2014
Reunited English outfit Loop kicked off their first U.S. tour in 24 years on Wednesday night, taking the stage at Philadelphia’s Kung Fu Necktie, a cozy dive bar with a capacity of roughly 200 that’s located in the neighborhood of Fishtown. The legendary psych-gaze quartet — which formed in 1986, disbanded in 1991 after releasing three albums, and reconciled in 2013 — performed an intimate, 75-minute set that revived the band’s breed of of manic, layered guitar-rock. Singer-guitarist Robert Hampson’s katana-sharp tones cut deep. The bass growled. Pot smoke hung over the crowd. Senses were assaulted. And the riffs were just as unhinged and transfixing as they were decades ago.