Shit & Shine Vinyl, CD & tapes from this artist at Norman Records
Craig Clouse is a slippery character. His time releasing records as Shit And Shine has been characterised by abrupt sonic left-turns and about-faces. The latest LP from the project finds Clouse returning, at least somewhat, to the project’s roots. That is to say that Bad Vibes is a collection of leftfield acid takes shot through with a mischievous punk energy. Lots of fun to be had with this one.
The ever prolific Shit and Shine continue to explore different sounds and here team up with similarly oddball explorers Gang of Ducks to issue this extremely limited 12". This release sees them continue to mine a wide sonic palette taking in drugged up funk, slo-mo EDM and blurry future techno.
Craig Clouse’s Shit & Shine project returns to Diagonal Records (Powell, Not Waving) with a three-track EP. Part of what keeps the S&S project so exciting is Clouse’s willingness to change sonic course at the drop of a hat. You never quite know what you’re going to get with a new S&S record - could be gabber, could be grindcore, could be disco, could be none of the above. In the case of the Very High EP Clouse has gone for a sort of dubby, semi-satirical funk sound. Kind of like Mr Scruff but way less eager to please.
Craig Clouse has made all sorts of music over the years. Disco, noise rock, dance, he’s done it all and now with a little help from his friends, Shit & Shine give us Chakin. There’s a groove on Chakin with brings everything into the realms of free jazz and funk. It’s like Roy Ayers meets Sun Ra by way of Morricone’s The Feed-back.
Limited to 400 copies on mixed coloured vinyl with different gatefold covers.
With releases on Diagonal, Riot Season, Rocket and, Gangsigns, Shit & Shine are shape shifters with no real defined edges. Happily mixing Thrones avantgarde heaviness with Luke Vibert acid and broken breaks. Some People Really Know How To Live continues their degradation of genres, breaking apart disco and techno beats, modulating machinery until it breaks. LP on Editions Mego.
It’s easy to consider Austin's Shit & Shine as spiritual descendants of near neighbours Butthole Surfers, but it’s a valid comparison in the best possible sense, capturing their unpredictability, abrasiveness, and a giddy humour undercut by subtle malevolence. This indie-only 12”, limited to 300 copies, takes 39 minutes to get through three cuts. The title track launches from a Fast Show sketch into a lengthy repetitive groove somewhere between Conrad Schnitzler and Suicide. The other pieces explore other shades of fuzzed-over beats, insistent but twitchily unstable.
- Vinyl 12" (LAUNCH121)
- Limited edition
Post everything mayhem bringer Shit and Shine returns with Total Shit! Whether it is or not is a purely subjective thing in this case. With a library of sounds that Nurse With Wound would probably happily take a gander at, and an almost complete lack of conscience Shit and Shine are a rarity that on a single record can make you dance and get very scared.
Craig Clouse (ex-Hammerhead/Todd) presents the latest filthy missive from his consistently fascinating Shit & Shine project. ‘54 Synth-Brass, 38 Metal Guitar, 65 Cathedral’ is an eccentric brew of trance-inducing rhythms, sampled mischief and oddball noise which quickly proves addictive. If The Butthole Surfers were reborn as post-rave perverts, they might sound a lot like this. Or perhaps not. In any case, Clouse has pulled another fast one here.
Sh*t and Shine are very prolific but are they prolifically good? Well, yes in the main however this latest release could test some of their supporters to breaking point. It's a grindcore album. One look at the waveform for the soundcloud album sampler will tell you this is very noisy, very heavy stuff. Think Napalm Death, Extreme Noise Terror. Those sorts. The press release promises that it will 'ruin your weekend'. It's gone further than that, my whole week is in tatters.
- Vinyl LP (REPOSELP52)
- Limited edition
What strange forms shall the Shit & Shine beast take on this release? On Good White… Good Green the answer appears to be some kind of warped trucker music, as indicated by that awesome sleeve art. Not sure if Jesus knows what he is getting into though… 12” vinyl with an insert, out on Heated Heads.
A hot new record here from wild audio dabblers Shit & Shine. The last few albums presented a very dance-friendly version of their weirdo sound, and Everybody’s A Fuckin Expert keeps the danceability (just), while frantic-ing up everything. A colourful fun-time ride into madness. CD or double LP on Editions Mego.
Craig "Shit And Shine" Clouse follows up the chameleonic repeato madness of 'Powder Horn', his recent double LP on Diagonal, with this more compact 12" on Gangsigns which sees him blast through six songs in half an hour, ranging from aggressive noise to looped funk and tweaked out techno. It's hard to know what to expect from Shit And Shine but it's fair to assume repetition will be involved and it'll probably be quite good.
Groovy power electronics, anyone? That's not exactly what Shit And Shine do, but listening to "PG 13", fixed with its dance beat, slick bassline and an onslaught of piercing screams, you'd be forgiven for thinking 'Powder Horn' was Pharmakon hanging with the Bee Gees. Similar to Astral Social Club's experiments in seeing if noise music can intersect with the sounds of your average nightclub, 'Powder Horn' brings together conventional funk and disco sounds with bursts of dissonant noise, the occasional slice of industrial percussion and tortured vocals. Rhythmic, smooth and terrifying all at the same time, the music of Shit & Shine makes for some brilliant contradictions.
Released on 12" vinyl and digital download formats. The vinyl issue comes in an LP sleeve with double hits of high-vis yellow and pornographic pink. The release also marks the first collaboration with artist and designer Guy Featherstone, who heads up Design at Wieden and Kennedy, London.
- CD (REPOSECD22)
- In stock and ready to ship
- Last copy
- CD (REPOSECD17)
- In stock and ready to ship
- Last copy
2015 vinyl release of the 2006 album Jealous of Shit and Shine comes on neon pink 12” vinyl with PVC sticker, limited to 300 copies. wall to wall distorted breaks and mind melting avantgarde, Shit and Shine always hold that ability to mix the bizarre with a tone of pure fun over the top. Side A consisting as one 24 minute long song and the B side their trashier, catchy side.