Shed Seven

The Twang - Everytime

Birmingham’s cult heroes The Twang release their new single ‘Everytime’ today.   

Their last album ‘Subscription’, saw a return in sound to their heartfelt classic ‘Jewellery Quarter’ sound. This time round, the only thing that remains from their past is the dual vocals of Phil Etheridge and Martin Saunders.

Sonically, they’ve always had a connection with sunnier climates, whether it be the jangle of ‘Subscription’ or the Mondays inspired ‘Cloudy Room’. However, on ‘Everytime’, they’ve tapped into the cool crisp soul of the 80s and the nu-disco bubble of the mid-00s. This is poolside with blue cocktails magic.

With the Borderline in central London due to close, this Wednesday’s show is not to be missed.

Friday 2nd August marks our 8th birthday. Come down to the New Cross Inn for a night of great live music. Tickets available here:

Shed Seven - Instant Pleasures

The last time Shed Seven released new material was May 2001. It was a strange experience for all concerned. The Pistols-esque single 'If The Music Don't Move Yer' was an affirmation of what it was to be Shed Seven, overlooked. For fans, it was an emboldening sense of defiance, but alas, Nu-Metal was the next big thing and they drifted away. Sixteen years later, the maracas are shaking and the brass is booming once more but, can 'Instant Pleasures' heal those wounds?

Album opener 'Room In my House', regenerates the swagger of 1996's 'Maximum High'. There is however, more distinctiveness to their sound this time round. Everything is given its space on this 'Love Spreads' meets soul music banger. In the pantheon of great comeback singles, this is up there with 'Ten Story Love Song', 'Nothing Lasts Forever' and 'Public Image'.

For the most part, 'Instant Pleasures' has the immediacy of 'Maximum High' and the pop sensibilities of 'Let It Ride'. The infectious riffs of 'Victoria' conjure images of drunk arms flailing and blurting “I fucking love you” into a best friends ear. 'Butterfly On Th Wheel', the blueprint for so many successful indie bands of the past decade (The Killers, Catfish & The Bottleman, and Circa Waves). The difference between them, Rick Witter. The way he sings 'but I'm over you now / take a look at how it feels” isn't a soppy tactic to illicit meaning. Witter's delivery imbues honesty and dishonesty in the same breath, its this sense of confusion around a past loved one which makes it that much more sincere. 'Nothing To Live Down' has so much melody and big key changes in, you'd be forgiven in thinking that Noel had written this (minus the scissors of course). For every chord cul de sac you think its entering, Witter lifts them out, followed by Paul Banks and Joe Johnson firing riffs and solo magic.

There is another side to this album though, the one of middle age wisdom. Thankfully, the lyrics steer clear of beige trousers and bank holiday trips to Homebase. 'It's Not Easy', a song for anyone the wrong side of 30 questioning life who doesn't accept 42 as the answer. The spirit of 'Chasing Rainbows' oozes out 'Better Days', a swooning tale of amendment.

Wounds? What wounds? This is as triumphant a return as any Shed Seven fan could have dreamed of. Big choruses, great solos, and catchy riffs, its like sixteen years never happened. Better still, its all on their own terms. See you all at Shedcember!

Shed Seven – Room In My House

“There’s room in my house for love and affection”

As there is in the hearts of thousands of Sheds fans rapidly selling out their biggest ever UK tour. Bigger news than this though, they’re back with new material for the first time since 2001’s overlooked ‘Truth Be Told’.

So, does their new single bring a mature jazz enthused sound ready for coffee shops? God no! Thankfully, it bristles with the swagger of their 1996 album ‘Maximum High’. Middle age has brought a rich depth to their archetypal sound though. The influence of soul via the thunderous guitars of Stone Roses’ ‘Second Coming’ rips its way through this banger.

Quite where they found these guitar parts and solos from in middle age we’re not sure. Fuelled by youthful angst, escapism, and a sense of utter debauched chaos, this is the soundtrack to all sticky floored indie night clubs this weekend!

So often with older bands, they explore the niche avenues of their influences to keep themselves amused, meanwhile, the sales dip and live crowds bugger go for a piss and leave disgruntled muso’s behind them. Shed Seven however, are firm proof that, if the magic dries up, leave the song writing alone until it returns. If this single is anything to go by, the album is likely to be of their highest quality, much like Martin Rossiter’s (Gene) ‘Destination of St Martin’ in 2012.