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.
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The noncompliant jukebox that is Shit & Shine once again malfunctions on your attempt to put in 50p and a request for like, I don’t know, the Stones. Having made one of our favourite dirge dance records with ‘54 Synth-Brass’, the Shit committee went on to make ‘Chakin’, a gloriously weird slice of longform jazz in the vein of Sun Ra. Continuing to make you wonder what’s in a name, ‘Teardrops’ is a lo-fi grindcore smash hit, full of blastbeats, breakdowns and spliced shock tactics that remind one of the sillier, more carefree place the genre’s ended up in recent years.
Full of silly samples and random blasts of sound, Shit & Shine are doing what a lot of grindcore bands accidentally do, which is: making atmosphere simply through trying to break up the endless swipes of extreme metal. Mostly, their arsenal consists of the breakdown, which takes up the primary focus of the record's first side -- they can be fast, but in fragments. With this weird structural distinction, Shit & Shine are sort of making laboratory grindcore, randomly enhancing volume, switching in extra percussive samples and cutting others in their prime, often while letting whole conversations take place under the mess. Put DJ Shadow onto Total Fucking Destruction? Put Shit onto Shine.
A gurgling lo-fi mess, this record buries grindcore’s hallmarks under weird effects, broken glitches and troll-in-the-dungeon voices, showing you just how immaculately structured and fucking difficult it is to make the most extreme betrothing of metal and punk. As such it’s really fun to listen to, but if you’re expecting no frills grind, you’re looking in the wrong place: Shit & Shine's the kind to get a laptop and fart all other the thing. In a weird way, it reminds me of the purposely bad and exceedingly good grindcore made by happy accidents such as Archagathus. There is no higher compliment.
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