loulou is the music of Melbourne/Naarm based musician Louis Whelan, played alongside bandmates Henry Reese, Allison Walker and Brodie Davis. Influenced by post-punk and new-wave the band play music full of memorable hooks and upbeat garage instrumentation; often landing somewhere in the sonic realm of Eddy Current Suppression Ring and The Clean. Treating their practice as a form of rock and roll catharsis, loulou write songs which explore the quirks of being human, exploring life and sadness through their offbeat and contemplative lyrics.
Forming in late 2019 loulou have had a strange first couple of years as a band. Starting out in Meanjin/Brisbane the band released their first single 'Photosynthesis' in August 2019 with a sold out launch, and over the following summer kept busy gigging around SE-QLD and heading out on a debut tour of New Zealand in support of Marlins Dreaming. Heading into 2020 loulou returned with debut EP 'It Spills Out', which was released from lockdown to critical acclaim from music media and radio stations nation wide, charting in the AMRAP metro charts and taking out a spot in 4zzz Hot 100 2020.
"Brisbane’s loulou present a collection of tracks that manage to be endearing, thought-provoking, and wholly catchy all at the same time. A quintessential Australian-rock record with charm to spare"
~ Calen Le Couteur (Music Is My Muse)
"What a charmer, real nice layers in this. Thanks loulou!"
~ Steph Hughes (Triple J)
Through the rest of 2020 and into 2021 loulou continued to perform and release new music as regularly as possible, with highlights including a main stage performance at Yonder Festival 2020, a collaboration with Queensland Music Award winner Matt Hsu's Obscure Orchestra, and a debut east-cost tour in support of 2021 single 'Positive Outlooks for the Apocalypse'. This single received the widest attention yet for the band including airplay on Triple J's Home And Hosed and reviews from music media around Australia and abroad.
"This is the first I'm hearing of loulou, but dammit if I'm not totally in love with their sound"
~ Nathan Lankford (Austin Town Hall)
After relocating to Victoria, loulou released their most recent single 'Depend On Me' in early 2021. This unconventional and upbeat love song was premiered on Backseat Mafia and is set to be featured in an upcoming AMC TV series in summer 2021. The band now find themselves turning lockdown-lemons into lemonade, and for the latter half of this year have kept busy writing new material.
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loulou would like to pay respect to the traditional custodians of the country on which we create our music, the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people, and to acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded.