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5 reviews »Have been listening to TOWN album and really enjoyed...it's kind of a concept album! It reminds me of so many things from Beefheart to Tom Waits and pychedelic folk rock. And yet it sounds not like anything, pretty unique. It's almost a strange rock opera musical, it's really interesting. It's an al ... »

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Town by Shifty Chicken Shed
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8/10 Gwyn Parry Customer review, 24th July 2013

Have been listening to TOWN album and really enjoyed...it's kind of a concept album! It reminds me of so many things from Beefheart to Tom Waits and pychedelic folk rock. And yet it sounds not like anything, pretty unique. It's almost a strange rock opera musical, it's really interesting. It's an album that needs to be listened as a 'whole' to get the full effect. I think our keyboard player, Wil is going to really like it as well. You guys have done a great job here, wild and wonderful stuff.


9/10 Chas Nicholson Customer review, 17th July 2013

It’s been a while in the making but Shifty Chicken Shed, Oswestry’s musical maniacs, have laid down 11 tracks and released an album called simply, ‘Town’, the town in question being Oswestry. We are all used to place names in American popular music, but it doesn’t happen so much here.

In ‘Town’ there are lots of local references like Chirk, Llanfair Caereinon, Welshpool, Wrexham, St Martins, and Gobowen. So this is music that is rooted in this area and it’s very English in a Bonzo Dog Doodah Band kind of way.

Like the BDDB, it is fairly whimsical and you wonder whether this kind of whimsy will travel, but the band have been getting some good gigs outside of Oswestry supporting The Blockheads and Dr Feelgood.

Shifty Chicken Shed’s music is a strange mix of surreal, psychedelic storytelling on top of driving R & B, featuring wailing saxophones, harmonica, and blistering slide guitar. Most of the vocals are spoken by Innes Reid or Dean Newton though Deborah Harris does a bit of singing and in ‘Come’ she has a whole song to herself. She has a great voice, a bit like Meri Wilson (Telephone Man 1977). There could have been more.

There are lots of references to popular culture: ‘Shut that door Everard’, ‘Blankety Blank’, ‘Tonight Mathew, I am going to be…’, ‘Hands that do dishes can be soft as your face…’ Depending on what age you are you’ll get some of them, but not others.

The album begins with Shropington Lad, who drives a Lexus Lumberjack and has been short changed in Aldi (surely that could never happen?) Dominoes features two alternating tempos; a slow loping beat alternating with faster upbeat sections. It has a “pride cometh before a fall’ punchline in Welshpool (yes, yes). Bee is a plea to help endangered bees ‘I’ll drink in your pub but the trouble is you keep a bee up your arse… That ruddy Cameron, yeah well, he holds one up there’ (allegedly). Needed in Gobowen starts with surreal sound effects and settles into a kind of ‘home on the range’ cowboy rhythm.


9/10 Shropshire Star Customer review, 3rd July 2013

Band Tops its hat to Region The Shropshire Border area has been immortalised in the debut album of a local band. Shifty Chicken Shed will launch their album, TOWN on Satuday, as a homage to Oswestry. A collection of rhythm and blues rooted tales, the album was inspired by sunny afternoons in pubs around the area. To be released on the bands own record label, Moron, the album is the latest success for the band. Member Deborah Harris said: "In three years we have moved on from playing in the back of pubs to supporting The Blockheads and most recently, live sessions on UK radio and airplay from North carolina to California. A USA tour beckons next year. For information visit


9/10 Emerging Icons Customer review, 3rd July 2013

It's hard to pull off slow songs on a first impression (with unaffiliated listeners) but this song is very good. The vocals have great character, and the guitar/strings combination sets a very calm mood immediately. The melancholy melody transitioning into the upbeat section caught me by supprise. The transitions are very well done throughout. This unique sound should not go unnoticed.. keep it up, Shifty Chicken Shed.


7/10 Roger Green Indie Review on HMHB gig Customer review, 3rd July 2013

"Shifty Chicken Shed. Yet another “slightly different” band. Apparently they got together at a Wilfred Owen Peace Evening in Oswestry. Not many can say that. “Bear” was a particularly interesting start to their set. And the cover of Army Dreamers did it justice. It was good to see the washboard is not totally redundant as a musical instrument. I’m sure these people must know Lovecraft. They ought to consider a collaboration



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