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Mr Cardinal Fuzz has been at it again; this week he's got a limited UK pressing of this debut LP by masked Los Angeleans The Shine Brothers, who feature alumni from the likes of The Black Angels and Woven Bones. It's a heady mix of Nuggets-esque garage fun and '60s vocal group pop. Guitars and drums splutter and growl in primitivist abandon but the rasping tones are always offset by uplifting vocal harmonies (the press release compares them to the Everly Brothers in that respect) and hooks to die for. Every one of these songs sounds like it could be a single.
I guess the closest comparison from the label's previous releases would have to be the unabashedly retro Lantern LP...both are borrowing tried and tested ideas wholesale, but while Lantern's allegiances lie in the '70s, it's obvious The Shine Brothers are looking to '60s rock'n'roll for their cues. The likes of The Seeds and The Electric Prunes are never too far away but vocally this is even more pure pop than even those legends, although it does get a bit rougher round the edges on side B as it edges inexorably to closer 'When Wendy Burns', a white hot jam about three times longer than anything else on the LP which ends in thumping tribalistic ritual violence.
In many ways this is the poppiest thing the Cardinal has released to date, but there's plenty of darkness simmering just under the surface.
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