A horrible hack

The Shining Reserves

Number Two

Year Released: 2002
Format: CDR
Label: self released
Reviewed by Andy Malcolm on Jun 13, 2007
This band is very new to me, they are from the UK. I am not familiar with them at all, but this three-song demo CDR is rather interesting. They play a kind of herky-jerky indie / post punk amalgamation, bringing to mind bands like Wire and Mission of Burma, with quirky guitar work that is both bouncy and complex. It's very rhythmic and they also throw in what sounds like a tambourine on the first track. Nice! It's also got a more modern and melodic feel to it, perhaps in a Braid or Van Pelt mode. "Explains The Cat" has a total emo-twinkle break down where it gets subtle and quiet. I also like the way they have multiple vocals that are duelling and bouncing off each other rather than harmonising to add to the variation.

I was dead impressed with this, probably the most intriguing new UK band I have heard in come some time. By being so good they will easily get around reviewers making 'humourous' puns on the title of the CD anyway. It's always nice to see a band put out a decent demo before a proper release. Hopefully they'll do a 7" or something next because they sound about ready for it.

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