Looper now have three albums, Up a Tree
, The Geometrid
and The Snare
. The second album, named after the species of moth whose larvae are known as loopers, is as full of samples
as the first, but adds more keyboard
s and maybe a bit more guitar
. It also has more singing
, with four of its ten tracks definitely counting as actual songs and two more featuring bits of singing here and there. This is no bad thing; while I love his monologue
s, Stuart David
also has a fine singing voice. The second album also starts to show some hip-hop
influence, and the hip-hop beats are taking over on the third. The Snare
has a darker sound, with the laid-back spoken-word monologues replaced entirely by sleazy grooves
with deep basslines and heavy breakbeats
The band had four official members for The Geometrid: Stuart David on lead vocals with his wife Karn sometimes providing backing, Ronnie Black (Stuart's brother) on guitar, and Scott Twynholm playing keyboards. On The Snare, Scott Twynholm is listed under Accomplices along with ten other people, while the listing for the band itself now includes Evil Bob on 'Baritone Sax, Beats, Bass Programming, Guiro, Backing Vocals (on Fucking Around)'. Looper left Jeepster after Up a Tree to sign for Sub Pop, released The Geometrid and then moved to Mute. After The Snare, they left Mute, declaring that record labels are obsolete and they never really liked them much anyway. They have apparently made half a million or more in royalties on their track Mondo 77 since it was adopted by Xerox, so they seem to be doing rather well as an unsigned band.
Their web site, Looperama.com, now offers several internet-only MP3 EPs for download. They're rather good.
Looper is also a slang term meaning 'crazy,' although for all I know no-one besides Stuart David actually uses it.