UPDATE; blue vinyl now sold out!Â
Shelflife finally released the debut album from She Sir yesterday! I’ve been waiting for this one ever since their brilliant EPÂ back in 2006, and I must say it’s definitely worth the wait. This is a real treat for the shoegazers out there, full of excellent guitarwork and lush, melodic tunes. I’ve read somewhere that they are very fond of Fleetwood Mac and Real Estate, and together with their obvious love for the more classic shoegaze-bands like My Bloody Valentine, Ride and Pale Saints to name a few, this perfect blend instantly hits the right spot. Somehow I also come to think of The Sea And Cake in their late 90’s/early 2000’s prime, and how they might have sounded if they had turned up the reverb and pressed the fuzz-pedals.
There are only a total of 250 copies of this album pressed on vinyl!Â The Electric Blue Vinyl are exclusively sold by Shelflife for the first 100 orders only,Â so be sure to get in quick to get on top of this.
I had to duel Ryan R. on this one, being that we both were on it at the same time. After a tough round of rock paper scissors, he finally agreed to let me have this one!Â Thanks Ryan, I owe you one ðŸ˜‰
Shelflife's first release of 2014 comes from Austin's She Sir with their highly anticipated debut LP Go Guitars. The album will be released February 25th on limited edition LP, CD and digital formats. The first 100 copies of the LP will be available on electric blue vinyl, exclusively sold on shelflife.com. LP copies include mp3 download.
She Sir is Russell Karloff (vocals, guitar, bass), Matthew Grusha (vocals, bass, guitar), Jeremy Cantrell (guitar) and David Nathan (drums). Russell and Matthew met in college as music composition students and quickly put their collective knowledge of classical music theory and orchestration to use -- breathing new life into the normally guitar-driven dreampop genre. She Sir produced an EP and a 7" that have been included on such dubious lists as "Best of the 2000's decade," "Best of the year," "Best out of Austin, Texas," and many others. In 2010, Japanese label Happy Prince released a compilation of all their previous recordings to date gaining the band international recognition. With each new release, She Sir have been evolving to create their own unique brand of "shimmer-pop" -- a term coined by the Austin Chronicle to describe the band's sound.
Go Guitars was recorded, mixed and mastered by Erik Wofford at Cacophony. The ten tracks cover the vast overlap between My Bloody Valentine's guitar experimentations, Fleetwood Mac's soulful rhythm & bass, and Phil Spector's skewed, wall-of-sound arrangements. The record also draws inspiration from 80s pop heroes The Go-Betweens, Pylon, and Felt. Motivated by the appetite for reinvention, She Sir have established a sound that is both modernistic and illuminating, yet faithful to the spirit of decades past. Surpassing their early shoegaze roots, they are taking their songwriting to ambitious new heights throughout the album. Edgy phrasing, driving rhythms, and multi-textured guitars, along with plenty of lush reverb-soaked pop sensibilities, make up the She Sir aesthetic. Like their partially imagined song titles, She Sir blur the lines of the familiar to create an impressionistic, contemporary sound, that transcends any direct comparisons to other groups present or past.
She Sir alumni include ex-players with John Vanderslice, The Mountain Goats, Ringo Deathstarr, For Those Who Know, The Envy Corps, Splinter, and The Hallelujah Crowd.
For fans of: Real Estate, Pale Saints, Violens, The Chills, Mojave 3, Ride, Felt
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