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Shoes This High were a New Zealand band who specialised in an unhinged, jagged brand of post-punk and only ever brought out a single 7" before vanishing. That EP was so good that when Siltbreeze discovered that NZ archivist Bob Sutton had this shitkicking live set in his possession, they jumped at the chance to put it on vinyl.
It's not hard to see why either, this is great stuff. The rhythm section hold down a tight, groovy backbone with a real post-punky feel, cold, think and clanky, while the guitars sweep and scythe and splatter in a harsh hyper-present squeal'n'crunch mess, sometimes sticking to the script and sometimes drifting off-piste for some white-hot anarchic string-abuse. Singer S. Brent Hayward snarls and hollers in a way which reminds me of a young Nick Cave...in fact in general I think The Birthday Party are one of very few contemporary bands who shared this raw, shredded and broken post-punk nihilism, although this is sloppier and with a bit more of a garage rock'n'roll kind of vibe, not quite as confrontational and smacky as the 'Party.
This is ace though, fans of '80s post-punk will no doubt be over the moon to get it. Amazing sound quality considering it's from a live tape, the guitar sears and clangs with cutting clarity throughout.
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