Speakers Push Air

December 15, 2007, 8:15 pm
Filed under: 2007 Top 20

Now the Flaming Lips have gone off the boil a bit (the last album was pretty poor, and the live shows, while more overblown and ecstatic than ever, are losing their impact through repetition, at least for a veteran like me), there’s a vacancy for the my favourite live act in the world. The holders are placed a bit higher in the chart, but Th’Legendary Shack Shakers hold a distinguished second place.

The frontman,  Colonel JD Wilkes, is astonishing: a skinny, fucked up ball of energy and dumbness (in that Iggy sense of dumbness) but totally compelling. The band play a fairly standard blend of rockabilly, hillbilly, country and.. erm.. polka, but do fantastic things with what can be quite a tired formula. Much fresher and more charismatic than most of the bands on that scene, Jello Biafra reckons Wilkes is the last great showman. Their gig at the Luminaire earlier in the year was one of the most relentless things I’ve ever seen.

New album Swampblood doesn’t deviate much from the others – which is to say, it’s brilliant from start to finish – although it’s the first to include a Bugsy Malone cover (which is ace).

Th’Legendary Shack Shakers – Born Again Again
from the album Swampblood (Yep Roc)

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