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Shackeltons

The ShackeltonsAudio CD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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...in a town where mark redding told eric fisak to "fake", only andrew platt could say "i would like to be music director."

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  • Audio CD (January 29, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Loveless Records
  • ASIN: B000Z5LL8A
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #538,504 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Your Movement
2. Tremble
3. The Blood
4. Yellow Cadillac
5. The Ship
6. The Breaks
7. Emergency
8. Soft Heart
9. Madeline
10. Bloke
11. Get Out

Editorial Reviews

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"Everytime The Shackeltons `Your Movement' is played on the radio, I find myself secretly hoping the DJ will make an error and play it a second time." - Sound On The Sound -- Sound on the Sound, March 9, 2007

"The Shackeltons were tighter than a pair of stretch pants on a Manatee. If Manatees wore pants that is. Either way. The Shackeltons are a super tight post-punk band." -- Sentimentalist Magazine - May 19, 2007

"Their live show is a rollercoaster of urgency that quells into calmer, quieter moments and fiery assaults of the dual guitars." -- Crackers United, August 21, 2006

4/5 Stars

Scruffy, emotional indie boys you can actually believe in Palpable desperation is one of rock -n- rolls most valuable commodities, because it's impossible to fake. What makes bands like Pixies, Fugazi, and Les Savy Fav so exciting- and what makes the Shackeltons, from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, similarly thrilling - is a breathlessness, a creeping sense that crouched behind the towering melodies and heard-`em before razor guitars (think Television, in addition to the aforementioned bands), there's complete breakdown. A half-dozen times on their debut, the Shackeltons sound completely convincing, and that's about six more times than most bands ever manage. -- Spin, December 4, 2007

4/5 stars

Loved by SPIN and Rolling Stone, The Shackeltons, from Chambersburg, PA, are both daring and energetic. Their MySpace likens them to warriors, but says "this battle is not to destroy, but to rebuild. Rebuild that which has been destroyed in everyone: hope, love, compassion, and optimism." Their eponymous debut, The Shackeltons, is due to be released by Loveless Records on January 29th, 2008.

The Shackeltons is the bold soundtrack to the aftermath; it's what's playing a little too loud when you take that inevitable drive to nowhere just to get away and move on, both spiritually and physically. The album is a frenzied ball of power-chord energy, but their vigor is presented in a clear, surprisingly haunting 11 songs.

"Soft Heart" and "Yellow Cadillac" will be fan favorites, and "Emergency" is also thrilling, a calmer look at love that pulls at the heart with a quieter, more intimate voice. In short, this band has the potential to bring originality to the small dark club and beyond, but must be careful that the drive for originality does not make them like everyone else. -- Aced Magazine, January 22, 2008

4/5 stars

The Shackeltons might just have committed career suicide by putting out a debut that's this good. Coming out of nowhere to bombard listeners with a proprietary blend of post-hardcore guitars, soul-splitting heartache and dynamics that pulse, tease and flit with up-down arrangements before blowing the roof off, The Shackeltons sets the bar high for the Pennsylvania five-piece. Possibly impossibly high.

Bands that come out of the gate as strong as The Shackeltons do on this one only have two career paths. One leads to disappointment that the expectations of growth, progress and power aren't met. The other leads to big things. Big, big things indeed. The only trouble for The Shackeltons is that their self-titled album's going to be tough to top.

For now, that's great news, particularly for anyone who's still holding out hope that the next generation of punk acts can finally shake off the pop-punk blues and the various cliches -- emo, metal-core, post-hardcore, hardcore, street punk -- that weigh so many youngsters down. The Shackeltons are free from the confines of formula on The Shackeltons. The band juggles bits of everything from those slicing, treble-buzz guitars tones of Fugazi to the just-barely controlled dynamics of every great, primal rock band to Mark Redding's heartbroken wild man delivery (think Murder City Devils' Spencer Moody at the end of a 12-step program). Diverse as the band's constituent parts are, it packs them together so well it makes The Shackletons the best debut album you're likely to hear this year.

Commanding a sense of up/down dynamics that lets songs simmer only to eventually (and frequently unexpectedly) flare up into searing post-hardcore pop fires. It pairs perfectly with Redding's vocals, which swing from miserable heartbreak (though not self-pity) to street-preacher ranting at the drop of a beat. With a range that's more about squeezing a few conflicting emotions into every note rather than pitch-perfect pop, Redding instantly establishes himself as one of his generation's most evocative singers and lyricists. "Soft Heart" juggles the old should I stay or should I go dilemma, as Redding dregs up ghosts of every petering-out relationship you ever suffered through with a perfect blend of shameful indecision, pent-up frustration and heart-crushing realization. He takes it out back and chops it up in the raving-crazy "Yellow Cadillac," which takes his swirling anger up to the rafters -- though it's ingeniously impossible to tell if he fumes at himself, at his unnamed love/hate object or just the world in general. Although he deals in the stuff of cold-hearted loneliness in "Emergency," though it's more about confronting that cold lump in his heart than making anyone feel sad for his predicament.

As Redding leads the charge with astounding vocal tracks, The Shackeltons back him up as the fury of your favorite punk and rock acts breach the precision of classic post-hardcore bands. If you try to unravel the mix of Fugazi, Stooges and garage rock, you'll end up missing out entirely. "Tremble" fluidly crescendos from a wiry guitar lead into a buzzy mess of razor-sharp guitar shrapnel, "Madeline" takes art-punk dynamics into the bad part of town and leaves them to get hassled by the locals, and "Bloke" is what Franz Ferdinand might sound like if the band hailed from somewhere in the rust belt. The band's sense of dynamics trumps all that though, as The Shackeltons expertly build up, lay off, build a little more and cool you off before taking it all the way into to a rush of a chorus. Not only does it give the big-chorus effect more kick, it injects a bit of tension into the effort.

Can The Shackeltons navigate through to Next Big Thing career path? Who cares. For now, just enjoy The Shackeltons (preferably at high volumes) and marvel that you've never heard of these guys before. -- Aversion.com, January 2, 2008

7.3

Proceed with exuberance: The Shackeltons' new self-titled album may lead to blown out speakers and excessive speeding. The band has found that perfect indie-rock sound, with sonically charged, powerful post-punk beats anchoring lead singer Mark Redding's talking/screaming/pleading vocals.

These are eleven modern love songs. The listener is placed on a ship at sea (there are several references to ships and sailing on the album), and taken on a rocking, bobbing journey through waves of desire, yearning and heartbreak. The opening song, "Your Movement," has perhaps the best and most telling lyric of the album: "We held it in our hands/and didn't know it was love." The music that accompanies each song isn't especially wistful or floating, but offers layers and a buildup of sometimes frenetic energy. It's the kind of music I would love to hear live. Besides the first song, the other stars of an altogether strong album are "Yellow Cadillac," "The Ship" and "Emergency."

I knew the album met my approval as I drove to work and found myself continuing to turn up the volume further and further until I could feel the whole car rattling and humming. The Shackeltons is a vibrant, textured, emotionally intelligent album. I don't know if my speakers will ever be the same. -- Three Imaginary Girls, January 25, 2008

Shake up a pinch of the Pixies and a dose of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club with stormy instrumentation, the Shackeltons arrives unrestrained. Using surprisingly clean drums, guitar, and bass, the ferocious five-piece create an introspective and strangely attractive tumult of sound. -- Spin, December 4, 2007

So instead of pretending there are a hundred thousand good new releases, instead check out this wild-eyed fusion of Pixies and early White Stripes. The good news: the whole record is this freakish, this thrilling. -- Rolling Stone, December 11, 2007

Through their music, The Shackeltons represent love not as some fairy tale existence, but rather, as a real, truly human experience. -- URB Magazine, November 26, 2007

Product Description

Shake up a pinch of the Pixies and a dose of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club with stormy instrumentation, the Shackeltons arrives unrestrained. Using surprisingly clean drums, guitar, and bass, the ferocious five-piece create an introspective and strangely attractive tumult of sound.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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The Shackeltons

The Shackelton's self-titled album is full of energy and presents an in-your-face mix of punk, noise, lo-fi and alternative rock. This is a very interesting take and a strong first album.

It's too bad so many reviewers have panned this album. This is a very specific type of alternative music. The oversimplified lyrics and stock guitar chords are intentional in this genre. If you're into lo-fi punk alternative and noise rock, you will find a lot to love here.

The vocals are decidedly lo-fi. The simple spoken word transitions to screeching and screaming are punk rock staples.

The machine gun bass and rhythm guitars provide the alternative rock part of the sound equation. And the military drums and voice effects provide a strong punk rock backdrop.

The vocals do sound a lot like the Pixies. And many of their riffs and drum sequences sound like they were copied identically from the White Stripes. A great example of that is "The Breaks." Still, this band is meant to sound raw and doesn't even have the cleanness of the White Stripes.

On tracks like "Emergency," they are clearly channeling early Radiohead songs like "Creep" from the Pablo Honey album. The song has a much more soft melodic feel than most of the album, with softer echo tunnel vocals layered on top. Yet that's the exception. Most of the tracks on this album are closer to "The Breaks."

The best track on this album is probably "Madeline." It has a clean fast rhythm and cool bass and guitar licks under the standard minimal vocals and lyrics.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something a little bit different. January 28, 2008
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It took me at least 2 listens all the way through to decide how I felt about this album. It doesn't conform to any of the patterns that most rock does these days. But after you get the feel for the manic, frenzied feel of this album you can't help but love it. Described as inferior to the Pixies, or the White Stripes etc, remember this is their DEBUT album and given their energy and raw talent, I dare say they may surpass them.
On a side note, their live show is one to behold, and I have not seen anyone out-do them, newbies or veterans alike.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I like nearly every song on this album and most have grown on me with each listen. My favorite is probably the opening song, "Your Movement": "Shame on all of us ... We held a lifeless form in our arms, and we didn't know, it was love." "Emergency" and "Yellow Cadillac" are unexpectedly tender and moving and sad. This band has something special -- and I wish I could have seen them in some of the early gigs in small bars playing to a mixture of excitement and incomprehension, since that's what this music really seems to grow from.

I don't really like to play the album as a whole all the way through because back to back it can get to be too much -- this kind of rough and edgy music is great when you mix it up with other listens. Another way of putting this: the Shackeltons would be a great album to put on an iPod on shuffle, just be sure to mix in some upbeat and catchy alt pop or mellow and angsty sounds, as a reprieve from the slightly heavy but never less than moving music on this album. The album reminds me a bit of the feel I got from listening to The Chameleons UK back in high school -- the lead singer's voice reminds me of a punked up and pissed off version of the lead on Cake (and, yes, Franz Ferdinand and the Killers, etc are obvious comparisons). Anyhow, I'll definitely keep this on my iPod, and will be on the lookout for the follow up. This is good stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I love them! January 29, 2008
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I totally agree with Katshu, i think the Shackeltons are for sure a diamond in the rough, but in my book, the Shackeltons are totally the new indie rock everybody should check out.
They are pure raw energy and are so amazing live. My favorite song is for sure "The Breaks" which is totally electrifying, but "Your movement" and "get out" are also really awesome.
I heard about them from Spin and Rolling STones and they totally loved them (as do i).
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1.0 out of 5 stars Um, no. September 17, 2011
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I'll make this short and sweet...

I tried to like this, I really did. But maybe that thing in me that likes uniformed beats, audible vocals, and intelligible lyrics, hindered my experience.

Plain and simple, The Shackeltons are just noise. Maybe they've gotten better over the years, it has been a few since I got this CD, but I won't be seeking out any new material from them. It's rare for me to listen to a CD and not come away with at least one song I enjoyed, but somehow these guys were able to do that for me.

I'm not saying no one will like this. I understand this type of music has a huge, and extremely loyal, following, but this is not something I can listen to. Call me narrow minded, call me whatever, but to me, this is just a CD of people playing their instruments with no real direction. As if they weren't even in the studio together, brainstorming on songs, beats, etc. The mentality I got from hearing this was...

"I'm gonna go record some __________ real quick, then we'll just slap it on that track...no, it doesn't need to go along with anything else, it'll be fine."

BUT THAT'S JUST ME.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Good, not sensational
I have heard mumblings comparing this band to The Pixies; Sorry, not even close.

The Shackeltons provide some fun moments on this disc, but it sounds like it was more... Read more
Published on May 22, 2008 by B. Kemper
2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre Garage Rock, at best.
While it seems like a lot of people are harsh on the CD, the comparisons being alleged to by Spin are rather exaggerated. Read more
Published on March 27, 2008 by Alec Rojas
4.0 out of 5 stars You Can Love It or Hate It
Pretty much any band you could name has people who love it, people who hate it, and people who fall somewhere in the middle. It's the way music works. Read more
Published on March 27, 2008 by Lisa Shea
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too impressed
I was hoping for more of a surprise from this album. It didn't really deliver. The sound is Pixies-like but the songs don't click.
Published on March 27, 2008 by Matt Hausig
3.0 out of 5 stars promising, but not quite there yet
This was an album that I wanted to connect with, but it never quite took me where I wanted it to. It's not bad, and there are places where you can see that the band has quite a... Read more
Published on March 25, 2008 by Nadyne Richmond
2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre Pixies Imitators
My first thought upon inserting this CD was "wow this sounds like the Pixies." My last thought after listening to the CD was "wow, it sounds like the Pixies were having a bad... Read more
Published on March 24, 2008 by diljs
1.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic Mess with Bad Vocals
My daughter and I both love alternative, punk rock music. Many of the bands represented in the previous reviews are ones that I love... Nirvana, the Cure, the Pixies and others. Read more
Published on March 21, 2008 by Beth Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Think the Killers, but not as good
The title of the review really says it all. They sound just like the Killers, but as if they were recorded out of a garage and don't have any of the uniqueness that the Killers... Read more
Published on March 20, 2008 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Just couldn't get into it!
I love the Pixies and the Shackletons remind me of that sound but with a lot less range. The lead singer's primarily responsible for this feeling; every track was a variation of... Read more
Published on March 20, 2008 by Fred
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite the Pixies, but pretty decent
I got this album because of the comparisons everyone seemed to be making to The Pixies. But rather than the slack-jawed awe I had the first time I heard the Pixies, the Shackletons... Read more
Published on March 19, 2008 by Bryan Newman
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