Petition to Protect All Fans of Live Music
The instigator of that petition was Deborah Harris from the uniquely titled outfit Shifty Chicken Shed hailing from Oswestry in Shropshire. Deborah has stayed in contact and recently sent me the debut SCS album "Town" to have a listen to and review accordingly for ELOBF. "Town" is a quirky and eclectic collection of ten (10) original tracks (plus another somewhat hidden away!) by a band who throw themselves into many musical styles with not only their obvious jazz, blues and funk influences but also - in places - soaring saxophone solos, throaty Joe Cockeresque vocals, nice guitar riffs and even spoken word.
You could say that this recording is experimental and even manic. But throughout it has a progressive feel to it coupled with its subject matter of all things 'local' and in "Town". You can't help but smile after a listen or three. There is comedy here too but also an honest attempt to not conform to musical labels, as evidenced by the many changes in tempo within the songs and the impressive running time of fifty five (55) minutes. I'm reminded a little here of the multi-instrumental expressionism of "Saxmaniac" Roy Wood both in his solo and early ELO material in certain places. The quirkiness of this recording is not unlike that of The Idle Race in their heyday. I quite like it. (8/10)
Trax: "Shroppington Lad" ~ "Dominoes" ~ "Bee" ~ "Needed In Gobowen" ~ "Come" ~ "Black Tie P*** Up" ~ "Pommegranate Beliefs" ~ "Jabby Paws" ~ "Dirty Hands" ~ "End"
ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] is pleased to support: Shifty Chicken Shed and managed to catch up with Innes Reid and Deborah earlier this week to ask them these few loaded questions thus:
KJS: I first saw you supporting Dr. Feelgood at The Robin2 last December. After that we chatted on Facebook and a little later, you began a very special e-petition campaign (supported by KJS/ELOBF) didn’t you? Please tell us about it?
"Town" by Shifty Chicken Shed is available to purchase via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and also by contacting the band via their Facebook page. Their debut album will also be available to buy in CD or download format from amazon.co.uk et al in the near future.
Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 05-Sep-2013