For the four friends who met in St. Michael the Archangel High School marching band, forming the rock band Loudness War was a natural move.
What started off as friends playing instrumental Beatles covers has developed into an original (and loud) rock band that has gained a following in Baton Rouge.
Guitar player Stevie Springs, 19, joked the band exclusively played instrumental covers at first because everyone was too scared to sing. Now, the band is playing and singing original music. Despite their increased vocal chops, Springs said fans can't really hear the vocals anyway.
That’s the point.
Bass player Quinn Tull, 19, described their sound as “distorted ’60s music,” stacked with overpowering guitars and heavy melodies. True to their name, Springs said the band is always clad with excess amplifiers, pushing its sound to the venue’s limit.
Still, the music sticks. The band’s 2015 full-length “Extraterrestrial Hangover,” released in tandem with a Lagniappe Records show and on the Lafayette record shop’s label, sold in the hundreds, and the band is continuing to develop a fan base.
Springs said he has spotted the same random people at their last shows. Though he said he was surprised at first, it’s a good sign.
“I’m not sure if the random people are there for other bands or us,” Tull interjected. Springs just shrugged and laughed it off.
Guitar player Matthew Urquhart, 20, said the band is writing new songs and will put out a new album in the spring.
Unlike the last makeshift-style EP, “Sellout School,” this go around the band will learn the songs before recording them, something new for them, Urquhart said.
Growing out of the heavy chord progressions, Tull said the new songs pack more licks, allowing the songs to sound less antiquated compared to their debut “Garbage Rock.”
Urquhart, who writes the songs with Springs, said the stronger melodies and riffs come through the band’s increased musical ability.
“Everyone’s just gotten a lot better at their instruments,” Urquhart said.
Closing out 2015, Loudness War played a show at the Spanish Moon in early December.
Barring any exam and music festival conflicts, the band hopes their show schedule is a bit more cluttered this year.
In 2016, the band hopes to play more shows in Baton Rouge, Lafayette and New Orleans. Urquhart said he doesn’t want to only play and bring the band’s music to Baton Rouge.
“You hit a saturation point in Baton Rouge. Then you can’t keep playing that often,” Urquhart said.
Now Loudness War is all about getting their music heard for fans near and far.
“I think we’ll only become louder,” Springs cheekily added.