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Shinyville: No Sleep Till Babylon

Here's another oddball from the good folks at Public Eyesore Records. Shinyville's debut No Sleep Till Babylon bridges the gap between metal, synth-pop, and avant-garde, falling somewhere into a musical stew pot that includes artists as diverse as Faith No Moore, Mr. Bungle, Frank Zappa, The B-52's, John Zorn, Primus, and Violent Femmes. Pitting cranking metal guitar with funky drum grooves and new wave/dance/prog/pop keyboard textures, Shinyville are at times all over the map, but you have to give them credit, as their sound and style is quite unique. Hot tracks include the dance/trance blasts of "I'm Online", the Prince-influenced funk of "S.O.B.", the bubbling synth-pop of "Darren Keen Forgot About All the Little People", and the grinding metal of "Sundays". For the most part the songs here are pretty engaging and have a certain child-like charm to them, as well as the fact that there's groove aplenty with adds to the fun factor quite a bit. A perfect example of this is on the chunk monster "My Flow is Tight", a meaty, funk rock vehicle with plenty of wah-wah guitar licks, groovy rhythms, spacey keys, and catchy vocals.

Word has is that Mr. PanTastic (vocals, keyboards), Dr. Tao Honeybunsen (drums, keyboards), and Pope (guitar, keyboards) put on a pretty exciting stage show, so if you get the chance to catch this band and their "video game sountrack on acid" music in a live setting, chances are you'll be in for a unique treat.

Track Listing

  1. i'm online
  2. s.o.b.
  3. court tv
  4. election day
  5. hale bopping
  6. joy of cooking
  7. darren keen forgot about all the little people
  8. sundays
  9. fat camp
  10. free makeover
  11. my flow is tight
  12. let's get gone

Added: March 29th 2007
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 2068
Language: english

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