Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Shriekback "Glory Bumps" (2007)

Shriekback's 11th album and their 2nd on Malicious Damage (following 05's acclaimed 'Cormorant'). Glory Bumps is in many ways more recognisably the descendant of Shriekback's mid 80's'alt-rock' classic 'Oil and Gold' than any since. Anthems, hooligan choruses, big guitars, brass, a smattering of Psychobilly and, as usual, shed-loads of words Glory Bumps has a curious tangential relationship with Barry Andrews's and Martyn Barker's recent improvised album 'Monstrance'-a collaboration with XTC's Andy Partridge: Glory Bumps uses a number of loops created from the Monstrance album ('because they were there') as well as Martyns' inimitable live drums andreal-time guitar contributions from Andy. Barry co-produces with Stuart Rowe, who was one of the engineers from Monstrance. However there is no shadow of doubt that this is a Shriekback album -as you will hear..Wendy Partridge who has sung backing vocals on every Shriekback album since '86 features as does Barry's son Finn Andrews (of theVeils) who lends his intense vocals to the happy-clappy title track. The album's title is a reference to the goosebumps experienced by fundamentalist Christians 'when the amount of misery prevalent in the world presages, or so they believe, their abrupt assimilation into the bosom of their Lord' although we suspect that, on the dayof the Rapture, Shriekback will not be amongst them. [Wikipedia].

Vocals, Keyboards:Barry Andrews
BVS: Finn Andrews:
Drums and percussion: Martyn Barker
Guitar: Andy Partridge
Saxophones and Woodwind: Catharine Shrubshall
Blues Harp: Mark the Harp
Trombone: Ben Smith
Guitars: Stuart Rowe
Kids Choir: Finn Wilkinson and Mia Griffifths
Produced by Barry Andrews and Stuart Rowe
Mixed and Mastered by Stuart Rowe
Written by Barry Andrews

Hooray for Everything
The Bride Stripped Bare
Glory Bumps
Amaryllis in the Sprawl
Devils' Onions
Yarg 7
The Bride Stripped Bare

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