Lou (Louise) Duffy-Howard
UK based professional gigging and recording musician, Lou is currently bassist and vocalist in her psychedelic outfit Loudhailer Electric Company. Making waves with three album releases Lou has had a continually active live schedule since she first made the charts as bassist in prophetic Indie band from the north of England, Red Guitars.
Currently as well as playing in her own Loudhailer Electric Company Lou can still be seen playing her recognisable style of dub n slide bass on her vintage Stingray with medieval-with-attitude fusion collective festival band Celtarabia.
Lou plays a Reverend Jetstream 390 Merchant City Music special and is delighted to be a Reverend Guitars artist.
Loudhailer Electric Company “Cutting edge, psychedelic music of the highest quality.” Tom Robinson show on BBC 6 Music.
“The room rocked from the first track to their encore. If you do nothing else this year, get yourself to another of the Loudhailer Electric Company’s Psychedelic Gatherings and enjoy their sound for yourself.” Browse Mag.
Loudhailer Electric Company’s debut album Cursus – Universal Soundscape’s album of the year.
“Loudhailer Electric Company are a great festival band …straight out of the gates we are presented with the sound of a highly competent band that to me sound a bit like a psychedelic Siouxsie and the Banshees.” Terrascope Magazine.
Video: Hawk Moon by Loudhailer Electric Company at Kardomah94
In the early days Lou was the bassist in Red Guitars. First single Good Technology was championed by the late, great John Peel who played it on Radio One. It made number 1 in the Indie chart and number 11 in his Festive Fifty. Two albums, a handful of Peel sessions and top ten Indie hits later they had toured with The Smiths, appeared on numerous UK and European TV shows. They were fiercely independent, played hundreds of gigs, went out to dinner with Richard Branson, and eventually signed to Virgin Records. Discover more here.
After that Lou made NME and Sounds’ records of the week with The Planet Wilson. “Crazy-James-Chance-meets-Holger-Czukay…Lou’s bass playing is unbelievable – not just the tunes she invents, but the actual sound of her fingers hitting the strings, Mike Watt of Firehose is probably the only person who could match this.” (David Cavanagh, Sounds). They were highly acclaimed by just about all the music press, played loads of gigs, and released two albums.
Lou also plays dub n slide bass with medieval-with-attitude fusion collective Celtarabia.
Video: Loudhailer Electric Company recording for Fairview Studio’s 50th anniversary album 2016
Visit Lou at the Loudhailer UK home page here
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