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Life in the Loading Bay Import


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  • Audio CD (December 14, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Malicious Damage Records/Darla
  • ASIN: B004AXJ9Y6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,113 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

2010 album from the veteran British Alternative band featuring orginal members Barry Andrews and Carl Marsh. The sign of a great band is that it can manage to create, then expand on, it's own own inimitable world using a trademark sound which, although recognisable, never ceases to grow and develop.

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If you are a Shriekback fan you need to have this inscribed on your brain.
SarCT
The wordplay conjures up image after image of brilliant observations and every word is the perfect vocal melody for inventive, infectious songs.
XraySpex
I've been really impressed with the sound of the more recent albums (Cormorant and Glory Bumps), and this one flows in the same vein.
Chill Fan

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Paul J. Kiefer on December 14, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Shriekback is my favorite primordial band. They just keep getting bigger and badder with the reversal of time. Each album seems deeper and weirder and more melodic than the last. Playing up on their previous strengths all the familiar artifacts in place - the super snappy baseline... the tinkering carnival-hall piano in the background... the bald man in sunglasses singing over the cagey intercom system. The bells and the bongos. But these elements are bronze-fashioned into a new far-out version of what today's sound might sound like if you were Shriekback. Best of all Shriekback, although pre-historic, keep making even more and more albums without ever stopping yet.
"The Dreamlife Of Dogs" starts out with typical mellow-weird Shriek-it-forward beauty, getting you in the mood for a full hot bubbly Buddha-bath for sure. Light the candles. Then they try to fool you with the funky "Semi-delicious" sounding suspiciously wonderful and all coca-cola like. Which would be good enough right there but don't worry freaks they amp up the nonsense with "Loving Up the Thing" - most DEFINITELY a new Shriekback CLASSIC. It's way overboard and just too good to be true. Shriekback is totally hitting their stride as they get ever closer to the grave. Enjoy that one - it's a true gem, a "reptile in the shower." Shriekback doesn't get better than this. What can I say except spark up a joint and pour the red wine into chipped and broken vessels before listening to the rest of this silly album. And then here comes "Another Day Above Ground" yet another insulting and inappropriate gothic celebration of glow-fish. "Make it Mauve" comes back at you with some annoying coffee. Then you've got a very deeply classic groove the "Nowhere Nothing Ever" very strange and beautiful. I don't like it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. Wilkerson on May 17, 2011
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SHRIEKBACK has been around for rather a while, in various variations, forms, skins and disguises - the most constant constant being Barry Andrews with an arsenal of cohorts, coauthors and co-conspirators throughout the years of exquisite aural delights gifted to the Shrieks and those who are only know coming to the altar of the Baz!

This is pretty close to an instant classic among the fans and could serve as a great introduction for those who don't yet enjoy the pleasure of Shriekback in your mind. That's where they seem to get lodged with catchy, hyper intelligent lyric hooks and solidly inventive instrumental crafting of a sound that is at once uniquely Shriek! but at the same time quite different from track to track & disc to disc.

Each track here is a rather unique experimental sound sculpture with a slick vocal underpinning the likes of which many bands spend years getting ONE and here are eleven for your pleasure.

Shriekback keeps getting better each release and this is no exception.

paul K.'s review is better detailed than mine

ZenJoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tobbar on February 14, 2011
Format: Audio CD
One of the few great regrets I have is that I did not get into Shriekback back in the 80s.

That said, it has been a good decade sniffing out CDs in used record stores, buying GLORY BUMPS in '07, and now getting LIFE IN THE LOADING BAY.

This CD is awesome in every way. If you like Shriekback, you will like this, and if you don't know anything about Shriekback, you will like this. It is artistry of a rare vintage!

Although I enjoy every song, I have to say that "Now I Wanna Go Home", "Simpler Machines", "Flowers of Angst", and "Make It Mauve" all jostle for first place. "Simpler Machines" has the same kind of hypnotic melancholy of "Faded Flowers". I could listen to it over and over again without getting tired of it.

Check! It! Out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Winland on January 10, 2011
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It is tough to find bands that have matured in their music while retaining *all* of their old sounds and spirit.

Shriekback is one of those bands, and this is THAT album!

You will find more of 'Big Night Music', 'Sacred City' and 'Glory Bumps' than you will echoes of 'Oil and Gold' and 'Go Bang'. However, you can point to elements of ALL of their previous sounds on this new release.

I *loved* 'Glory Bumps', but realize that it was a further move away from their earlier work (which was not a problem, as the new territory was fascinating!). This album is a move back to their older stalking grounds, but with newer sensibilities.

If you like Shriekback in any previous incarnation or album, give this a try!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gerry pocha on January 16, 2011
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Excellent,as good as glorybumps, maybe better. I work near a loading dock always had the smell of late night entertainment and excitement. Is this the same cast of characters since oil and gold, i think so and it shows. Barry can cut it on his own but this feels like old home circa 85! I do advocate most sincerly..
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Yes! From the depths of the primordial soup rise that weirdly wonderful mass of musical talent that is Shriekback, and after all these years I can only think that it is positively CRIMINAL that the Shrieks are still producing such amazing music after so long and still don't get the attention they deserve. Barry Andrews remains one of the most wonderfully barmy lyricists around and the music is as infectious as it's ever been. Perhaps they are an acquired taste, but if the casual listener is looking for a peculiarly spicy aural treat, well, add salt and pepper to taste and tuck in...this stuff is fabulous. Another 5-star effort from Shriekback, who have never produced a bad album. Yes, even Go Bang...
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