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.
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- Bad Vibes by Shit & Shine
You’ve been at a party all night and ‘Sunrise Sam’s getting excited because yes, the sun’s coming up. You’re sat by the ‘Northwest Pool’ thinking back on hedonism, the debauchery, and all those other stand ins for fun. ‘Yeah I’m on Acid!’ you think to yourself, or at least I was on acid. You feel like you’ve had ‘7896’ different substances inside of you. You get up and meet ‘Mingler’ (or at least, that’s what you call him) ‘At The Bar On the Rocks’. He’s found a ‘Bottle Brush’ and is taking special care to clean out the bottle of beers left behind by the revellers. What’s with the ‘Bad Vibes’ he asks. Recycling’s important he says, the world’s fucking ending he yells. You meekly put your hands into your pockets. You feel something and pull it out. ‘Backstage Passes!’ Shit.
This god awful short story of mine, or something approximating it, is the mood I reckon Shit & Shine are going for on their fourth album for the righteously psychedelic Rocket Recordings. Bad Vibes, is very much a mood piece. As they’ve done in the past, Shit & Shine take acid as their foundation and twist into the half-remembered, half-regretted memories of last night. These aren’t high energy acid bangers they’re steady and distorted and slightly sinister. That confident exclamation mark at the end of ‘Yeah I’m on Acid!’ reads as a bit more uncertain when paired with Shit & Shine’s stuttering synths. ‘Northwest Pool’ is not the serene place of relaxation its title suggests. And the album’s stand out, and most attention grabbingly abrasive track is the title track. Sometimes ‘Bad Vibes’ are unavoidable, it’s up to you if you want to stick around to see how they play out.
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