Tourin’ and eatin’ 

click to enlarge Shout Out Louds, from Sweden, enjoy eating at good local spots while on the road. The play Great American Music Hall tonight. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Shout Out Louds, from Sweden, enjoy eating at good local spots while on the road. The play Great American Music Hall tonight.

Members of the decade-old Swedish quintet Shout Out Louds have plenty of outside pursuits to keep them busy.

Bassist Ted Malmros makes videos, short films and TV commercials in his spare time, and bandleader Adam Olenius and guitarist Carl von Arbin do freelance graphic-design work that often includes the group’s cutting-edge posters, T-shirts and album covers.

“But I think our biggest interest when we’re on tour — after music — is food,” Olenius says. “We’re obsessed with finding the best local place to eat, and just finding good food on the road, in general.”

Shout Out Louds are playing San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall tonight, touting their great new fourth album, “Optica,” and Olenius already knows the low-key diner where they’ll be eating beforehand.

Whenever he’s on the West Coast, he can’t wait to wolf down In-N-Out burgers, and he’s also fond of Fatburger in Los Angeles and Teddy’s Bigger Burgers, which he first sampled in Seattle.

The singer has uncovered so many hidden, band-friendly eateries around the world that he’s considering writing a book or a Stockholm newspaper column about his discoveries.

“There are plenty of bands out there who need to know these things,” he says.

Olenius hates people who share Instagram photos of their meals.

“I’m a bit tired of the whole foodie thing. Like, tomorrow, we have a day off in Billings, so we’re going to what they say is the best rib place in all of Montana,”  he says, sounding  genuinely excited.

He’s also aware of the food-truck movement. But Stockholm boasts only one, a rickety old taco truck that’s not strictly legal.
“So it can only park somewhere for like an hour before the cops make it move along,” he says.

 Naturally, the artist’s profits go right down his gullet.

Fine dining rules in Sweden, and one of his haunts is The Animal, whose chef uses every last part of each month’s featured meat source. Right before he flew to the U.S., he paid nearly $700 for a feast at a posh place that serves only eight guests once a month.

“It was one of the best meals I ever had,” he says. “But it was so rich, I was almost hallucinating.”

“Optica” — featuring bouncy alt-poppers such as “Sugar,” “Illusions” and “Diamonds” — was tracked in a windowless basement studio over 18 months and fueled by two neighborhood takeout places, Korean and Indian.

But why isn’t chowhound Olenius morbidly obese?

“Hey, we’re from Sweden, where the temperature keeps us trim,” he says. “And when you’re onstage for almost two hours, then carrying all these heavy guitars around the world? It really keeps you fit!”

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