Husky Loops are not your average rock band. In fact, they want to redefine what a rock’n’roll band can be. Sure, there’s three members – Danio Forni (vocals/guitar/production), Pietro Garrone (drums) and Tommaso Medica (bass) – but instruments certainly doesn’t mean that they’re stuck in familiar territory rock music has found itself in. They’re far more forward thinking than that.
So what on earth are Husky Loops all about, then? The London trio, by way of Bologna, Italy find it hard to put a single label on it themselves, but that is part of the charm. Each song takes on a unique framework that is informed by new and diverse experiences – the DNA of this band is an ever-changing and exciting prospect. One song will utilise the basslines from modern day hip-hop or the ambitious production usually saved for electronic music, with the next incorporating beats typically found in modern-jazz or even UK Garage.
Danio jokingly suggests that people new to the music should expect something like “Mark Ronson if he were in Led Zeppelin”, basically a creative polymath that meets with a bombastic live band. “I’m not saying I’m as good as Mark Ronson, but production is a big thing for me. The Led Zeppelin part is because we’re proud of being a live band, not because we sound like them. Like, if you come see Husky Loops, you’ll see a good band. You can love it or hate it, but what we do is completely live and real.”
Want proof of this diverse spirit? Go check out their mixtape from last summer, ‘Good As Gold’, released on the band’s label, Fighting Ourselves. Crafted in just seven days to a self-imposed deadline, it’s a breath-taking journey full of unexpected detours. On it, there are collaborations with their ever-growing pool of musician friends and admirers, like US singer Mother MaryGold and pop renegade Count Counsellor. They’ve since found friends and collaborators in the shape of Jammer, from seminal grime group BBK, as well as members of the experimental pop collective Superorganism.
Their debut album ‘I CAN’T EVEN SPEAK ENGLISH’ – a tongue-in-cheek nod to their continental roots in divisive times – builds on that playfulness. Take the lead single ‘Everyone Is Having Fun Fun Fun But Me’ and its video, shot on Peckham High Street in the middle of the night. The reflective take on modern-day disconnect is paired with a video that apes The Verve’s ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ and Richard Ashcroft’s sullen stroll down a busy London street. “That’s my favourite video ever and I thought I’d be honest and just copy it. The Verve did that too when they copied Massive Attack’s video for ‘Unfinished Sympathy’. Maybe someone else will copy us,” Danio smirks.
The album was produced by the band at EastCote Studios in Kensal Road, and features contributions from friend and collaborator Fred Gibson (Plan B, Charli XCX, Stefflon Don), and is mixed by Spoon’s drummer, Jim Eno. But it is merely the start of where the band wants to go. Danio says that the band is working on custom-made outfits for their tour, mind-blowing visuals and a game-changing artwork to accompany their album.
Check out the video to ‘Everytime I Run’: