Credit: Louis Antoniou
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Credit: Louis Antoniou
An unpredictable blend of 60's alt rock and hard hitting riffs, Louis & The Shakes sound is gripping and unique, bringing a breath of fresh air to an oversaturated genre. With trademark tongue-in-cheeks lyrics over a bluesy backdrop, the songs are relatable and undeniably catchy, journeying through doomed romances and a new concept of 'Dystopian rock,' with the frontman Louis' exaggerated visions of the future.
2018 has seen the band perform live on BBC introducing, filmed for the crypt sessions and continue to pack out shows, including a barnstorming set at OnBlackheath, Sebright Arms & The Old Blue Last - this exhilarating live band are set for a huge 2019.
Tell us a bit about yourself? I'm alternative rock artists with a bluesy twist from the holy lands of Watford. If you like satirical lyrics like Father John or Matt Maltese with a bluesy backdrop, then you've come to the right place. I started out in Nottingham in my last year of university. I was something a blues troubadour back then, really tired to hone in on that but then I realised that was something I didn't really want to become, it was kinda pretentious of me in a way. Now I've infused my love of indie rock with my my bluesy influence, with my tongue in cheek lyrics sprinkled on top. I suppose the obvious influence is Arctic Monkeys, but I prefer writing darker bluesier stuff. I'm big on Alexandra Savior, QOTSA, L.A Salami. My music also has something of a 60's influence lurking in the background. I think my love for the The Doors & The Beatles can be heard at time. I guess I kinda mock myself & the idea of being this rock n roll star. I want people to watch me laugh, revel in the mockery, laugh with me and at me when I play the fool. That's why when I perform with my band, I let rip, I don't take any prisoners. The shirt comes off and the dad dancing ensues for approx 30mins.
There are a lot of emerging artists in the UK right now. What sets you apart from the rest? I'm not afraid to write about my insecurities, particularly with my past love affairs. I like to mock myself, which I think is something different. I want people to laugh with me about my songs. Even though I write quite profoundly at times and satirically, I think this makes my lyrics relatable. It's all really tongue in cheek stuff, but it extends to lyrics like 'Uber will introduce dogging next.' I've got a song about how we all make love with our phones. I've got a tune about hearing my girlfriend talk about their past, and I let envy get the better of me. 'Was he hung like a horse, of course he was well endowed, might as well throw in the towel.'
What’s your back-story? At the time when I wrote a lot of my singles currently out, I was going through a break-up. Although the topic is rather cliche, I made sure the lyrics were new & inventive, but still relatable. 'I Let the Rain Fall Hard,' is the idea of seeing your ex everywhere you turn. 'Lonesomeville' is the idea that you're waiting for your partner to 'realise,' that breaking up was a mistake. 'Why don't you join me, for the last chance saloon. Don't you know you're playing the sweetheart role, I'll bring you flowers before every show.' I guess i'm something of a hopeless bard aha.
What are you working on at the moment? I'm shooting some music videos in the coming months for 'You Ain't The Girl,' and hopefully 'Rag Doll.' Me and my band are being filmed for the Crypt Sessions which is exciting, and should be out in May/June. I'm constantly writing more material, hoping to persevere with my dystopian, twisted satirical concept for an EP/album, but I still feel like I have a lot to give in regards to my personal outlook on love, so we'll see. Playing OnBlackheath in Sept too which should be a tasty affair.
What's the first song you remember hearing? The Eastenders theme tune.
You're in a Karaoke Bar - What's your go to song? Pina Colada Song always goes down well, that's probably my go to.
What was the first gig you went to? My first proper gig (excluding Busted at the age of 9) was Red Hot Chili Peppers at Earls Court. I remember Flea performed naked for the whole set and my mum tutted throughout the whole set.
Which song do you wish you'd written? This may come as a shock, and to some horror, but, for me, 'Claire De Lune,' by Claude Debussy encapsulates everything emotion you want a song to evoke. It moves me every time. Either that or 'I'm Too Sexy.'
Which song changed your life? Crazy Frog. That's when I knew, anything was possible
Which song would you like played at your funeral? I've got two in mind. The first to play when people are walking in, mourning over the loss of a supreme songwriter, 'Death Of A Disco Dancer.' Not only is the song by one of my favourite bands but also because it would be a truly heartbreaking lost to the dancing world when I clonk out. Then the finale, would be 'Always Look On The Bright Side of Life.' For those that know me, this is my ethos in life.
What song is stuck in your head right now?Eastenders theme tune. It's on loop I swear
What was the first Album you bought? Gorillaz debut album
Which song made you want to play music? I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor