The Shook-Ups! ‘Bad Reception’ – album review
The Shook-Ups! ‘Bad Reception’ (Soundflat)
The first full length album from The Shook-Ups! This one will definitely have you hipsters reaching for your regulation black skinny fit roll-neck jumper to top off the black jeans, and those Cuban heeled ankle boots which will be gainfully employed on the dance floor as you frantically twist and squirm to the psych infused garage mayhem.
The Shook-Ups! Hail from Wigan, Lancs â not an obvious home to 60âs psychedelia, however drawing their number from ex-members of local outfits Moco, The Stags, Doktor Combover and The V.C.s would suggest something is afoot âup millâ â they have already put out a very limited edition 7ââ via Rotosonic Records which caught the attention of Germanyâs Soundflat Records for this new release.
âBad Receptionâ is so steeped in that 60âs Farfisa driven groove that you will question whether this is in fact a new recording or perhaps a re-pressing of an obscure release the result of some serious crate digging â the work of some acid casualties too wasted, too dangerous to be included in the Pebbles compilations.
Album opener âNew Confessionâ immediately sets the tone, instant driving beat, that Farfisa keyboard producing some sublime sounds as throaty vocals implore you to the (no doubt) underfoot lit dance-floor âYouâre Not The Oneâ, a lament to a lost relationship leans heavily on the twin guitars and takes you off into a 13th Floor Elevators psych tinged workout â not a bad place to be!
The Farfisa is relentless, battling with some real fuzzed out garage guitar licks, check the soaring harmonies during âDonât Be Wasting My Timeâ â once again you will checking the calendar, can this really be 2012? Well it most certainly is, and The Shook-Ups! are acutely aware of that fact; the songs they have crafted are influenced by garage, by wig-outs from bygone decades but they have combined that with an urgency, even an aggressive attitude that permeates throughout this release; that said this is no one dimensional sound, the brooding âNo Reason To Complainâ a cover of The Alarm Clocks 1966 gem â perfectly paced, just allowing you time to draw breath…calling a song âJust Perfectionâ is brave, but The Shook-Ups! rightly believe in themselves and with its fuzz overloaded guitar and tight drum patterns as this builds to a screeching apex this track more than justifies its title.
âSecond To Noneâ is pure Pebbles, two minutes of swirling keys, infectious harmonies that demonstrates just how seriously The Shook-Ups! take the craft of song-writing, the attention to detail, the production values, the front cover boasting of âStereoscopic Soundâ â this is garage perfection spread across 12â of black vinyl.
You’re Not The One
Don’t Be Wasting My Time
No Reason To Complain
Second To None
Don’t Come Back
On My Feet All Day
Burden On Me
What You Gonna Do About It?