“Jumbo Jet” by Shout Out Louds

Swedish pop masters Shout Out Louds will release their fifth full-length album Ease My Mind.

On opening track “Jumbo Jet,” Shout Out Louds manage to kidnap one’s thoughts, bringing them to some warm, faraway place, perhaps with a beach nearby. Seagulls. A life free of thankless tasks. A place one never wants to leave. Surely, the album was recorded during summer’s most beautiful months, someplace where palm trees grow. Maybe Los Angeles?

“We recorded the album in a basement in a Stockholm suburb from October to March,” says frontman Adam Olenius. Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Bebban Stenborg adds, “Not the most obvious place to make ‘sunset rock.’ But I suppose that’s the power of escapism.”

Of the inspiration behind the song title, Adam says: “I was afraid of flying (I still am sometimes, unfortunately) and would pop all kinds of pills before crossing the Atlantic. But when I found the love of my life living on the other side of the planet, I had to get over it somehow. I started learning everything about planes: all the models, engines, airports—all the nerd stuff. The Jumbo Jet (Boeing 747) came to be my favorite one. Consider the title an homage to Joe Sutter and all aeronautical engineers. May we never fall from the sky.”

“Ease My Mind celebrates music as a means of escape, a need to take a break from feeling petrified with fear,” Adam and Bebban write. “The world is a different place now than it was in the beginning of the 2000s. We didn’t grow up very aware of political messages in music and probably didn’t feel much of an urgent need to understand the world around us, in that sense. However, that has changed over the years. The world has seemed extremely dystopic and frail for quite a while now, and having children and getting older forces you to open your eyes to issues more devastating than heartbreak and feeling lost. But in our music, we still allow ourselves to address things the way we always have: through emotions rather than analysis. Ease My Mind is a lot about that for us.”

Shout Out Louds are Adam Olenius, Bebban Stenborg, Carl von Arbin, and Ted Malmros. The band has announced a full world tour, including North American shows in the fall, which can be found below.

Shout Out Louds on tour:
Sep 16 Darmstadt, DE – Golden Leaves Festival
Oct 04 Vienna, AT – Wuk
Oct 05 Graz, AT – PPC
Oct 06 Salzburg, AT – Rockhouse
Oct 07 Winterthur, CH – Salzhaus
Oct 09 Munich, DE – Muffathalle
Oct 10 Erlangen, DE – E-werk
Oct 11 Leipzig, DE – Täubchenthal
Oct 12 Cologne, DE – Live Music Hall
Oct 13 Hamburg, DE – Uebel & Gefährlich
Oct 14 Berlin, DE – Astra Kulturhaus
Oct 25 Malmö, SE – Kulturbolaget
Oct 26 Göteborg, SE – Pustervik
Oct 27 Stockholm, SE – Vasateatern
Oct 30 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
Oct 31 Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
Nov 02 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
Nov 03 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
Nov 04 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
Nov 05 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
Nov 06 Toronto, ON – Mod Club
Nov 07 Columbus, OH – The Basement
Nov 08 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
Nov 09 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line
Nov 12 Vancouver, BC – Venue Nightclub
Nov 13 Seattle, WA – Crocodile
Nov 14 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
Nov 15 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
Nov 17 Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theatre
Nov 18 Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room