'Jealous Of Shit And Shine / You're Lucky To Have Friends Like Us'
catalogue # REPOSECD011
format: Limited Edition 2xCD
label: Riot Season
barcode # 666017150123




Release Info:

Having been lauded as the band of Sonar 2006, and following two sold out releases on Riot Season & Latitudes, SHIT AND SHINE return with their debut album proper 'Jealous Of Shit And Shine'. Taking a slightly more mature musical stance, 'Jealous Of Shit And Shine' is equal parts Strangulated Beatoffs, Butthole Surfers, Merzbow, Melvins and Boredoms - fusing sonic blasts and monster riffs into a hearty brew. Having already gained a cult following due to their legendary one riff / multi-drummer live shows - and from sharing stages with Acid Mothers Temple, Lightning Bolt, Sunno))) and Earth and more. SHIT AND SHINE are primed to explode. 

The initial pressing comes packaged as a 2CD set - the bonus disc being an expanded 17-track version of their sold out 'You're Lucky To Have Friends Like Us' vinyl release


CD1: 'Jealous Of Shit And Shine'

1 Here Come The Vikings (2:03)
2 When Extreme Dogs Go Wrong (5:13)
3 Unchained Ladies Shopper (3:18)
4 No Darling, Its A Pentagram (4:18)
5 There Are 2 Bakers Now (7:20)
6 Practicing To Be A Doctor (30:33)
7 Hot Vodka (2:44)
8 Kitten Mask (4:26)
9 Seeing Life Through A Young Mans Eyes (1:37)

CD2: 'You're Lucky To Have Friends Like Us'

1 The Trees Shall Mourn
2 Don't Look At Me Don't Leave Me
3 Recommencons
4 Spider
5 L'oubli
6 Tavern Snacks
7 Bridge Of The Nose Nape Of The Neck
8 I Could Make You Be A Woman
9 Calling Them In
10 A To Z Of Boy Singers
11 Maybe I'm Right Maybe I'm Wrong
12 Fishermans Jumper
13 Witte Kat
14 Nuns Leg
15 Candles
16 Liberty Wallpaper
17 Life Like A Life


Extra  Info: 

So the first SHIT AND SHINE record ('You're Lucky To Have Friends Like Us') came out on Riot Season on vinyl so white it gave you the urge to bite into it. It really did. Hell, it was even worth a lick and a sniff. That one sold out pretty quick so SHIT AND SHINE begged Riot Season to put it out again on CD. Riot Season obviously being the class act that they are and always have been have gone and put it on CD. Hoorah!! not worth biting into but still tasty.Verrrry fucking tasty.

After that the boys strayed into southern territory and recorded the 45 minute Latitudes series masterpiece 'Ladybird'. Have you heard it? Brilliant. Absolutely top fucking shelf and totally untouchable. If you haven't heard it i'm not surprised because that came out on limited CD and sold out pretty damn quick too. There are rumours of a vinyl only repress because the kids want it and the kids keep asking but its still just a rumour. Ahem!

Funny thing about SHIT AND SHINE is that most people know of them because of their live shows and not their recordings. Shame really but that's the price they pay for releasing such quality in low quantities. Name dropping time: Acid Mothers Temple, Lightning Bolt, SUNN O))),Earth. They've played with the heavy hitters and held their ground like true champions. Recently they played a sold out show at this years Sonar festival in Barcelona where they were billed as "group of the year". Rightly so. Usually they have between 5 and 10 drummers onstage and 2 bass players. At a show in Germany last year they had 10 drummers, played one riff on the 2 basses for almost 2 hours, blew one of the p.a. speakers, played on while toxic smoke filled the room and the speaker was changed, and then played for another hour. Fucking ridiculous. Fucking genius. FUCKING LOUD!

So anyway time for a new record and here it is. 'Jealous Of Shit And Shine'. Cheeky cunts. Appropriate though. Like 'You're Lucky To Have Friends Like Us', this one is all over the place but quite a bit more refined and mature. The songs are a bit longer. Not such a slap on the back of the neck like the earlier stuff. Less of a head rush and more like a an intense trip that could go VERY WRONG at any moment. They've roped in one of their heroes BEN WALLER from the COUNTRY TEASERS for vocals on a song called 'Unchained Ladies Shopper'. Sounds like something between Country Teasers and early Sonic Youth I suppose. W hat a great combination! SHIT AND SHINE are all about great but totally awkward combinations. There's a song called 'There Are 2 Bakers Now' for instance, where you can hear twigs snapping, people fucking, and mud sloshing around while a seriously eerie ritualistic drum thud thud thud plays out over the top of some kind of satanic chant?! mmm hmmmm. Or the song called 'When Extreme Dogs Go Wrong' that sounds like some totally kick ass evil southern rock break down but with a sun burnt scumbag drunk football hooligan rattling on about how "Wherever I go ,I go for football".

They do a 35 minute cover version of their beloved early nineties Midwestern retard rock heroes THE STRANGULATED BEATOFFS. The song is called 'Practising To Be A Doctor'. Anybody remember that? a true classic and SHIT AND SHINE do it justice. What a great riff! A riff that totally deserves to be played for at LEAST 35 minutes .sounds even better with the 6 drummers pounding the shit out of it! fucking great. Really really fucking GREAT. Oh yeah, and it wouldn't be a shit and shine record without a couple trashy ass stupid euro pop numbers. 'Hot Vodka'. Oh god. Take a disco bass line crank it into the red and get a French homeless guy to croon over the top. CLASSY. 'Seeing Life Through A Young Mans Eyes'- like Merzbow doing electro! why the fuck not?! add a couple of really nasty scummy drug/noise rock blasts in the form of 'Here Come The Vikings' and 'No Darling it's a Pentagram' and there you have it- 'jealous of shit and shine'. This is the REAL fucking DEAL!



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There's certainly a lot of hype around British noise-mongers Sh*t and Shine; they were heralded as the best band of Sonar 2006 (not that hard) and have been blogged about incessantly after supporting Sunn O))), Acid Mothers Temple and Lightning Bolt... but what are they like on record? Well they're loud, they're really loud, and distorted as if you couldn't have guessed - every sound is as if it's been dubbed to cassette tape four or five times, it's melted, munged and shocking - did I mention it's totally f*cking great too? The number of drummers the band has ranges from two to four depending on who you talk to, all I know is that they have drummerS plural, and they use their percussion wisely. Whether they use it to simply restrain their Wolf Eyes-style noisy leanings ('Here Come the Vikings') or whether they use it as the centrepiece of the track ('Practising to be a Doctor') it's clear that Shit and Shine are a drum oriented act. With broken keyboards and clearly malfunctioning amplifiers the band come across like a noisy avant-rock version of Volcano the Bear, with an absurd humour that puts them way ahead of their contemporaries in the noise-rock scene. They appear unwilling to drop easily into one category or another instead penning tracks that flirt with just about any genre you can bring to mind. An incredibly daring but at the same time puerile and very amusing record, 'Jealous of Shit and Shine' should turn the bloggers choice into the word on the lips of tired journos everywhere. As if this wasn't enough the initial copies of the album are bundled with an extra cd of their long-gone vinyl only album 'You're Lucky to Have Friends Like Us' - lucky indeed.