Shit & Shine - Cherry [Riot Season - 2008]Shit & Shines new album is another fine & dandy slab of demented, heavy,noisy and puzzling/fun mayhem. Going from seemingly endless chugging / addictive riff craft, to noise boils, to dialogue and texts over looped rhythms, to all manner of quirky and inside humour driven tracks. Really the best way to try and describe S&S is a British Butthole Suffers, but really you have to hear and live Cherry to fully understand the wonder that is S&S.
This time around they offer up a double vinyl set lasting in all just over 70 minutes & the main focus of of the tracks (aside from the comic and bizarre sidelines) is to create lo-fi layered and down ‘n’ nasty grooves and riffs that go from just a few minutes to 20 plus, sucking you well & truly in (certainly on the longer tracks). We go from sleazy & funky guitar struts, to stuck vertigo inducing indie riff falls, to boiling psychodelic meets doom organ and gitar long hits. A few of my favourites stand as: Track number two Am I nice Guy? Which introduces strange and bloody Mike Hammer like tale spoken over the top of a layered marching drum work out. The last and longest track The Rabbit song which links stuck industrialized & very sleazy punk doom riff ‘n’groove to all manner of ranting and raving, weird sound elements and textures that come and go at will. It makes you want headbang or twist in your seat, making it a rather trick track to play while out in public on you mp3 player. When it finally stops 20 minute later you’ve still got the damn thing branded into you mind- I swear you’ll be humming for hours.
Heavy, noise, groovy and bizarre really if you enjoyed their other work you’ll lap this up like a rabid dog on heat & if your still to enter S&S world your in for one hell of a cheeky, brutal and memorable ride- so come on suck S&S cherry you wont regret it, I swear.Roger Batty