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Shoes This High - Straight To Hell lp (Siltbreeze)


"While Shoes This High’s existence was a mere glint in the eye of Father
Time (a year or more, tops), they made every second count, stalking the
New Zealand post-punk landscape—both North and South islands—with
ravenous abandon. For most fans, their legend and reputation rest solely
on the strength of one highly formidable (and collectable)
self-released 7-inch EP from 1981. And as anyone with ears who’s had the
good fortune to come in contact with its jagged, scabrous genius can
attest, the cry invariably rings out afterward: “Mein Gott, is this all
there is?” In the 30-plus years since its initial release, the answer
has been a most unflinching “yes.” That is, until Siltbreeze tapped into
the massive tape library of famed New Zealand underground music
archivist Bob Sutton, who had in his possession a white-hot live
scorcher of the group, culled from a set that went down at the infamous
Billy the Club way back when. Straight to Hell showcases a band at the
peak of their menacing powers. Guitarist Kevin Hawkins slashes and rips
strings from his ax like a mad butcher; the rhythm section of Jessica
Walker and Christopher Plummer is par excellence, while the sneering,
contemptuous vocals of singer S. Brent Hayward spit like poison darts
above the swagger. Expertly sequenced by Jared Phillips (Times New
Viking), Straight to Hell is a most welcome and astonishingly great
artifact that delivers in buckets a shivering, toxic rain you always
knew had fallen. Vinyl comes with a digital download of the complete
album plus the four studio tracks from the original 1981 EP. One-time
edition of 500—buy now or cry later." - SILTBREEZE

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This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 20 February, 2014.

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