(rants and observations on outsider culture, music & cinema in The Big Wet)
Sunday, March 01, 2015
Shearing Pinx for Xtra
I've really been getting into Shearing Pinx' new album People. I don't think it was JUST that a certain local cab driver who loves them so finally convinced me to really try to do them justice - I mean, I've seen them live more than once, have spun a few of their albums all the way through, even had Rituals on my phone for awhile in recent memory. Said cabbie might have played a smidgen of an influence, but part of why I like this new album so much also might be that I got to talk to them for Xtra, because sometimes having a band explain themselves to you can really help you understand them in a new way (I was never that big a fan of A Minute To Pray, A Second to Die until I got to talk to Chris D. about it, for instance; I had always considered it a somewhat anomalous/ oddball album in the Flesheaters' catalogue, preferring No Questions Asked, A Hard Road to Follow, and Forever Came Today... but now I get it, truly!). In fact, I don't think it's a mere shift in my perceptions that makes me like this LP so much; I actually think People is one of ShPx's stronger albums - that they've produced a really hooky, passionate/ smouldering/ adventurous masterwork this time out. Check out their bandcamp here - though it doesn't actually appear to have People for offer... maybe I'm just looking in the wrong place?