March 23, 2006

Let’s Shack up

Nice little tune I want to share with you guys. Actually, it’s a racy little song, wrapped up in elegant retro brass and pleasant singsong harmonies. So you’d never know unless you really listen, which makes it all the more devious.

The band is called Shack, and they are from Liverpool. Formed by brothers Mick & John Head from the ashes of indie-pop cult-favorite the Pale Fountains, Shack has had a long & rocky 20 years of making music, including a studio fire in 1991 that burned their master tapes for their sophomore album Waterpistol. According to NME, their fourth studio album (The Corner Of Miles And Gil) is due May 15 on Noel Gallagher’s Sour Mash label.

Called a “deep guitar-soul classic – all kaleidoscopic melody and jazzy, dreamscape trumpets,” I dig the sound. First single ‘Tie Me Down’ is all about restraint techniques in a sexual relationship, which is always a nice departure from the socially accepted and publicly-discussed norms (ha!). Shack supported Oasis in February 2006 at several of their arena shows. Be their MySpace friend and check out their other site as well if you are hankering to learn more. And if you are in London, they are having a free gig next week (29 March), details in the News section of their site.

Tie Me Down” – Shack

“And Dad’s in the Navy, so use the granny knots next time.”
Funniest lyric ever?

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Bio Pic Name: Heather Browne
Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
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