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'Average White Boy' single reviews:

“This single is a triumphant blast of confidence in impossibly grand (and intelligent) pop music. It's an exhilarating listen and it's madly danceable.  I can’t think of anything even remotely like this in contemporary repertoires.” – Sam Saunders, Whispern’ & Hollerin’ 

“You will be blown away by The Average White Boy.  Spasmodic Popjazzpunk with speedy bass lines and a frenetic vocal with impeding presence. This is a headlong search for the most intense pop song in history.  Delightful anarchy… They couldn’t have chosen a better way to introduce themselves to the world” – 

"It's unashamedly pop music, but it's something else as well. Trombones and saxophones parp up all over the place, and female backing choir provide a bit of West End-pizzaz. Meanwhile band leader Rob Paul Chapman sings and shouts like a maddened former punk trying to keep up with the noise around him. It's joyous." - Tom Goodhand, Leeds Guide 

“Anything but average…  This record is a remarkable achievement… many bands would do well to take heed of this” – Stephen Vigors, Vibrations Magazine 

“A mix of Motown and classic Rhythm & Blues dragged into the contemporary scene. Refreshing and highly entertaining, Loqui are what music should be all about.” – Jim Ody, Room Thirteen 

“With the energy & passion of prime Nick Lowe, Loqui create one hell of an addictive racket!!!” – Jeremy Chick, Subba Cultcha 

“Like a jazz show tune going head-to-head with an 80s radio jingle - a battle of trombones, saxes, bass-led drums and percussion. Loqui do an undeniably good line in musical theatrics.  A proud exclamation, rather than a depressing realisation - delivered with an on-the-edge-of-sanity vibe.  This is a messed up, jazz-tastic fairytale of a song…. where everyone lives happily ever after”. – Is This Music? 

'I Can't Belive It's Not Better' album reviews

"Some bands would inevitably baulk at a reviewer calling their work overblown and over-the-top, but when the band in question is Loqui, there really aren't any other descriptions that do them justice. Led by the ultra-charismatic vocals of Rob Paul Chapman, the songs veer between cabaret – see their tongue-in-cheek lounge cover of Blur’s ‘Song 2’ – and West End musical, exemplified by ‘Starship (Part 1)’, which comes complete with horn section and a chorus-line straight out of Joseph & His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
They can do pop music too – ‘Remote Control’, with its insistent ‘Turn on, tune in, turn off again’ motif is set to an 80s-inspired backing track with vibrant snatches of Stu Hudson’s lead guitar battling with synths and a brilliantly expressive bassline. And all in just over two and a half minutes!
Like fellow Yorkshire performance-pop-artists Rent, the band revel in the theatrical nature of what they do, and as such, this record, and indeed their live shows, may not be to everyone’s taste. It really is worth sticking with though, as it’s not everyday you’re going to hear songs like ‘Hamsterman’ and ‘Down At The Toothbrush’ played by such a twisted rock and roll band with this much panache.
Much of it leaves you with a smile on your face. Hudson’s guitar lines frequently cross the line between virtuoso and cock-rock silliness, but somehow everything holds together brilliantly.
An acquired taste then, but one definitely worth trying out." - Bob Henderson,
The Music Guru, December 2005

"It really is in a class of one. I've never heard anything a bit like it. For a band who seem to find taking things too seriously a physical impossibility, the quality of arrangements and instrumental playing is pro session player level. In every one of the dozen tracks there's something else to sit up and lean forward to.
Garage punk jazzness... punchy horn sections and splatteringly tight rap lyrics... SOUL COUGHING quality keyboards and rhythm section... Chapman's demonic laughter adds more than traces of nut... slams The Stranglers into a studio with raving jazzfunksters.
The track you will scream to have turned off or turned right up could have been named to celebrate the rodentesque physiognomony of Andrew Lloyd Webber. 'Hamsterman' actually steals a big chunk of 'Jesus Christ Superstar' (which all session players must have had to busk through at last once in their early careers). It has great girly chorus and pummelling bass. It could equally be about Robbie Williams or any overblown celebrity with more ego than sense. It captures the eclectic and restlessly subversive showmanship that runs through so many different disguises on the rest of the album." - Sam Saunders,
Whisperin' and Hollerin', September 2005

"Is it really that wrong for a band to err on the side of preposterousness? Loqui are actually doing a good thing. I Can’t Believe It’s Not Better is a sound of a band enjoying themselves, experimenting with style and it sounds rather fun... ‘Down At The Toothbrush’ is a burst of ska-tinged punk with lyrics that fly by near the speed of sound... ‘Pied Piper Am I’ is a burst of teenage angst accompanied by a rather pleasing strummed acoustic guitar... a very pleasant solo a rather smart lounge version of Blur’s ‘Song 2’ which is just about unrecognisable. Off into the realms of bizarre camp and theatricals, we get ‘Hamsterman’, which sounds a little Adam Ant, a little Rocky Horror and is the perfect example of everything that should be wrong about this album, but is actually rather right." - Tom Goodhand,
Sandman Leeds, October 2005

"Everything about Loqui is big:  A big band with a big sound. 'Starship' eases us in with its twinkling piano and smooth guitar before 'Straight Outta Brompton' picks up the tempo and gives Chapman a chance to flex his vocal muscle with a pacey vocal line that he spits out above the effective guitar riff and powerhouse organ. It brims with energy and gives the impression that if you caught the band performing this live they wouldn't be stood gazing at their shoes, especially the maniacal sounding Chapman. His vocal style seems to flit between the soft and hushed and the uproarious howl of a madman which work quite well with the dynamics of the band.  At their best when operating at full speed, with fret threatening guitar work, bold brass, and Chapman sounding like he's on the edge of sanity... Riotous." - Holden DeForge, Leeds Music Scene, September 2005

Live reviews

December 2005 - The Tea TIme Shuffle @ The Hifi Club
The community spirit now incubating beneath HiFi’s low ceilings climaxed as the sound guy donned his insides out with a badge encrusted jacket and pulled his ska face as the enigmatic lead in Loqui. Stonking bass-led drums, brass that was more than Less Than Jake and, again, healthily heaped teaspoons of personality made this stirring stuff; the icing on the cake of an evening only the aurally anorexic could fail to tuck into. High tea indeed." - Alix Fox, Sandman Leeds, January 2006

December 2005 - The Tea TIme Shuffle @ The Hifi Club
Topping the bill was Loqui – Leeds’ very own super-group. God Bless Loqui, and all who play with them for this band is BRILLIANT. They have it all – charisma, talent and break neck songs that grab at your attention and kick you up the arse. With a brass section tighter Gordon Brown’s purse strings and a lead singer who keeps his tongue firmly in his cheek, Loqui made me glad to be alive. Their raucous take on Ska left me feeling like I was back at High School and the guys behind the bar had every right to ask to see my ID. Thank you." - Hannah Crank,
The Music Guru, December 2005

July 2005 - The Mixing Tin
"The collective entity known as Loqui took to the business end of the Mixing Tin like Zen warriors, with a quiet humble assurance, and promptly proceeded to win the hearts and minds of the audience within the space of the opening few bars.
As I turned to another fellow musician and declared my intention to give it all up, in the face of a full frontal musical assault from this roguish crew, I knew I had fallen for the Loqui magic.
Hypnotised by Singer Rob Chapmans's semaphore like movements it became hard not to believe that his frantic stabs, kicks, and windmills weren't generating the sounds being heard, but as you get used to the unique sound, you become aware of the small company of exceptional musicians which are marshalled by the frantic gesticulation.
Noteworthy amongst these was Jamie Deakin on drums who provided tight thumping grooves garnished with impeccably delivered fills and stabs, that left me as a drummer myself, grinning like a gypsy – especially when the band pulled off some of the most well choreographed meltdowns ever seen.  Speaking to Rob you get the impression that the band is run with almost military precision and discipline, but this is clearly just tough love, as it is plain to see the band not only love what they do, but have a hell of a lot of fun doing it.
The Leeds based six piece surges between musical styles so that the blend becomes impossible to deconstruct – and I’m wary of trying to, as the uniqueness of the Loqui experience is what has a room full of people absolutely glued to the stage, like meercats watching an approaching eagle.  The chief constituents are probably punk, ska, rock and pop, in equal measure, but every once in a while a heavy funk bassline, some jazzy piano, or some killer brass licks rise to the surface.  The whole mix is topped with stunning power vocals and trombonery from Rob and garnished with a big pinch of theatrical.  A verbal description can’t really do them justice.
Watch these guys, relentlessly, ‘cos they may well continue being truly brilliant, and if they do, it’ll be too good to miss." - Ivan Mack,
The Music Guru, July 2005

July 2005 - The Mixing Tin (preview)

The stage (well floor) at the Mixing Tin will be somewhat strained as Loqui make a rare, full band performance. Reviews of Loqui always express a certain degree bafflement, this is a hard band to get your head around. Somewhere amongst all the big, funk driven, slight preposterous (that
s a good thing, by the way) songs there will be big fun guitar riffs, trombones, saxophones and four-way harmonies. Add to that a voice that is theatrical in proportions and you realise that Loqui arent really your average pub rock band." -
Tom Goodhand
Sandman Leeds, July 2005

June 2005- The Summertime Shuffle @ The Faversham
But hurrah and hurray, because its Loqui now. Possibly one of the least boring bands you will ever see. Every gig is their rehearsal, with line-ups changing almost as regularly as gigs. Despite these obvious stumbling blocks, they still manage to be nigh-on unstoppable. Whilst Rob Paul Chapman (who also organised this whole event, and thus should be bought many drinks in the future) bellows (in the best possible way) his vocals, his backing band make an utterly preposterous, part funk, part punk, part West End crash around him, and its good. When you find yourself grinning through an entire set, you know the band must be onto something good." - Tom Goodhand
Sandman Leeds, July 2005

June 2005- The Summertime Shuffle @ The Faversham

"Rob [...] was impeccably dressed and as lively and energetic as ever. It is hard to pigeon hole these guys into a particular genre. There is a bit of punk, rock, ska, funk, you name it, Loqui has got it. Ric, usually quite shy and retiring on stage, was right at home on the keyboards, with arms raised triumphantly at one point in the set, and a smile from ear to ear. Even though the sun was going down, Loqui heightened the mood and temperature with their exciting, fast paced music." -
Jane Oddy, The Music Guru, June 2005

June 2005- The Summertime Shuffle @ The Faversham
"Loqui are a bit mental. Rob Paul Chapman sweeps him arms through the air and conducts his band and the crowd through what seem like operatic rock masterpieces. Big bold brass, excessive fret wanking from Stuart Hudson and an abundance of vocal harmony gel together to somehow make something ace and almost indescribable. Go see/listen to them and you try write about them THEN you can tell me what a shit description this is smart arse!" - Holden deForge,
Leeds Music Scene, June 2005

September 2004 - The Tea Time Shuffle @ The HiFi Club
"Loqui are staggeringly original, utterly bizarre and quite simply brilliant. Still even those hyperbolic adjectives seem a bit limited really. You get garagey guitar riffs and huge silly rock’n’roll ones. The keyboards are jazzy, and the bass thuds along with funky lines. Then you have a small brass section as well. As if that wasn’t enough you have band frontman Rob Paul Chapman, seemingly so caught up in his music that he can’t stop his hands from gesticulating. His voice soars above the music, almost theatrical in range and power and permanently coming across as overexcited. He should be overexcited, because he’s on to something very good indeed." - Tom Goodhand,
Sandman Leeds, November 2004

September 2004 - The Tea Time Shuffle @ The HiFi Club
"Tonight's line-up was a sort of supergroup, with Ric Neale, Oli from Sama and Tash from Gallo joining the usual members for their set. Loqui are a fusion of different types of music, from two tone, to punk in the vein of Hazel O'Connor and Public Image Limited, with a hint of ska and soul. This was their first performance with his line-up, not just for us, but for them as well which made it even more special. The highlight of their set was a new track entitled 'Confectionery Love' which had an 80s new romatic electronic sound to it, with hints of Fade to Gray by Visage added for good measure. They cannot be pigeonholed into one particular music genre. They are a kaleidoscope of many different and wonderful things and definitely worth seeing if you get chance." - Jane Oddy,
The Music Guru, September 2004

June 2004 - The Cockpit (full band, acoustic set)
"Loqui (who surprisingly were anything but low-key - ba-dum ching) were both stunning and unique. Frontman Rob Paul Chapman is a compelling leader, theatrical and in possession of a voice full of passion and range that could easily be on the West End rather than in a well decorated cow shed. The whole band too has a theatrical sound. The first track comes on like a stripped-down Polyphonic Spree, while the rest of the songs range between loungey jazz (in an exciting, not-at-all Jamie Cullum style) and stage musical excess. It's thrilling stuff." - Tom Goodhand,
Leeds Music Scene, June 2004

October 2003 - The Tea Time Shuffle @ The HiFi Club

"Loqui, the hosts and the most polished band of the evening have a blend of ska punk mixing in bongos, sax and double bass. Again Rob on vocals was straining to be heard and at times the sound on the sax was cut. Having seen them before I know how good their soon to be released finales Vision Of St Matthew and The Average White Boy are, and live it’s amazing to see Rob playing trombone between whipping up an audience." - Paul Holiday,
Sandman Leeds, December 2003