So, I think the best way to start this is to come right out front and say that while I’ve heard a few Shriekback songs before now, I wasn’t very well-acquainted with their work. As such, I can really only speak from a “fresh” perspective; and not one of a seasoned Shriekback fan. I don’t have the context of the full library of 13 previous studio albums and countless live albums, compilations, and singles to draw from, as I’m sure many of those reading this do.
To those who have been long-time fans, of whom there are many, please bear with the noob.
Let me just start by directly saying, I really like the sound of the band! I hear a lot of things that I like in the music; and given that the band has been around since 1981, it’s hard to say who has influenced who, in some of the sounds I hear. My first thought during the opening track, was that it sounds a little like Midnight Oil or INXS; certainly a recurring sound theme across the whole album. Throughout the rest of the album, I feel I can draw comparisons to Tom Waits, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, and just a tiny little dash of Skinny Puppy. I hear Blue Man Group in the drums, and The Eels in the bass and some guitars.
It’s macabre and poetic, with a little light humor splashed in, here and there. It’s relaxing, but with just enough upbeat-ness to clean your house (albeit somewhat slowly).
I really enjoyed listening to this album. By the end of the album, I found myself wanting to get a few more Shriekback albums, to see what I’ve been missing; so I’m off to the record store, now…
If that doesn’t say what needs to be said about this album from a newbie’s perspective, then I don’t know what does. I liked it, and I recommend it.
You can pick up the new album on 5/25/2018!