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Reviewed on 11th March 2007.


Made In The Same City As You

By Unexploded Shells

It's been a lean time for music lately. I've been impressed by stuff, but hardly bowled over at the same time. Every time a good track comes along they don't seem to be backed up by great albums, for example Klaxons.

Then I look at the music press and am told that Kelly Jones has released a solo album - I'm still waiting for his cocaine years. I'm also feeling very edgy at the prospect that a Gary Lightbody solo album could emerge any minute. I can see it in my mind now; it's called 'Your Eyes' and the cover contains Richard Briers walking a dog along a deserted Weymouth beach.

St John's Wort it is then.

In the meantime I continue my search for musical treasure. Running my two current favourites Erase Errata and Envelopes close, is/are Unexploded Shells, with their mixture of skewered arrangements and deadpan vocals.

Ahh, the vocals: "If I told you I was sat at home / Listening to my records / And thin-kin of you / Would you be scared... or thrilled."

The former with a voice like that, for this sounds like the kind of proposition that creates disturbing images of an obsessed neighbour flicking through slides, discreetly taken of the young student resident next door. It's a cracking tune though, straight from the songbook of former Morrissey tunesmith and guitarist Alain White (think 'How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel'). Yes, the vocal does take time to warm to, but it oozes confidence and spears the formal indie structure, so for that we should be thankful.

It also 'pulsates without breaking'... whatever that means? I wrote it down in my original notes so it must be good.

B sides in general are shit. An egotistical chance for tossers like Coldplay to cover an unreleased Trail Of Dead song in the style of King Tubby meets Pixies in order to heighten coolness. Now, technically (why technically?) these HOT NEW Unexploded Shells tracks aren't b-sides, but they wouldn't have had seven minute Coopers-esque banger 'A Room' as their lead track would they? But by golly captain, we do have a couple of creamers here. I leave you with my notes which will probably say much more than what I could ever put into sentences:

A ROOM: Melancholic, Builds up louder and louder over its seven minutes, Formulaic structure but doesn't outstay welcome, Coldplay but much more interesting, Tepid but startling.

BRUSH AGAINST MY ARM: Leisure Blur, Playful rhythm.

So there you go. In an era where all you have to do is say a few Nahs and rhyme Asda with Mazda to get a number one single, this demo could be considered a rare treat.

Good work chaps.



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On 12th March 2007 at 00:56 Anonymous 3468 wrote...

Discerning listeners can buy this compact disc for three pounds (or thereabouts) from Jumbo, Crash, Radish or www.unexplodedshells.info - click on MUSIC.


On 12th March 2007 at 11:48 Anonymous 30 wrote...

"B sides in general are shit."

What tosh

I would argue B-sides are the staple side salad of any decent record collector. To find and love a great B-side is a true hallmark of any great Muso. What you mean is bands who give no thought to their B-sides are shit.

Be careful with your generalising.


On 12th March 2007 at 13:04 Anonymous 5643 wrote...

Fair points but I'd say bands who put too much thought into their b-sides can disappear up their own arses- I've heard a few Ian Brown and Kasabian ones, to name a couple, that are awful because they try too hard to be strange, as if they can get away with it because it's "only a b-side". This diminishes the value of them in my opinion, although Radiohead are a huge exception to this 'rule.'

Bands tend to produce great b-sides in their early years- obviously Oasis and Smiths would be prime examples but there are also many newer bands whose early b-sides surpass much of their debuts- Nine Black Alps spring to mind.


On 12th March 2007 at 16:00 Anonymous 5643 wrote...

Just a bump for the original post which is probably more important than mine

Discerning listeners can buy this compact disc for three pounds (or thereabouts) from Jumbo, Crash, Radish or www.unexplodedshells.info - click on MUSIC.


On 13th March 2007 at 14:16 Anonymous 1737 wrote...

This is an outrage.


On 14th March 2007 at 10:00 Anonymous 5643 wrote...

May I ask why?


On 14th March 2007 at 11:50 Anonymous 2777 wrote...

Score! Buy this collectors item!!!


On 14th March 2007 at 12:33 Anonymous 5643 wrote...

It wasn't me who advertised it, it was Mark Sturdy. I just bumped it for him because it only shows two comments at the bottom, and it was my original comment that put it out, hence the good deed.

Needless to say I wont bother in the future.


On 14th March 2007 at 16:37 Anonymous 1737 wrote...

It's still a bloody outrage!!


On 14th March 2007 at 22:14 Anonymous 5643 wrote...

If I knew any members of the band it would be, but I don't.

Maybe someone's jealous?


On 14th March 2007 at 23:35 Anonymous 5771 wrote...

Worry not Russell, I am fairly confident that old Loomak is taking the piss...


On 15th March 2007 at 10:06 Anonymous 5643 wrote...

I realise this but others may not you see, and think I'm a deathmongering parasite. Thus I have to clear my name.

My lawyers are waiting.


On 16th March 2007 at 10:42 Anonymous 1737 wrote...

I am, as usual, taking the piss!

How much did they pay you Lemy??


On 28th March 2007 at 20:38 Anonymous 5643 wrote...

Sorry for the late reply...I've been away...counting my change.



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