Today was the perfect day to listen to This is The Second Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank. See, I'm thoroughly knackered after a few days of running around pretending to be a wardrobe and makeup stylist on a very clever new pilot destined for fame and glory. There were highs (not finding the right t-shirt and deciding to make it myself), and lows (crying–then yelling "You'll never work in this business again!'—to the customer service rep at Shoebuy.com). More highs (adrenalin, eyebrows, humidity, and pitch of response/pace of heartbeat when an actor asked me—in front of the director—"do you think my hair should be up or down for this scene?"). More lows (accepting congratulations on the street from a passerby who thought I looked important, fallen arches—on my feet and crows feet, too, and reinventing Elmo as evil—a la Chucky—to entertain kids on set).
I kind of liked This is The Second Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank. At least, I kind of liked it today. See, today I'm all fired up but running on empty, and this forty-minute album of dizzying instrumentals was just the thing to shake me and wake me; it was also perfect backdrop for writing my Academy Awards acceptance speech. The album, created by three fellas from Wexford/outer space, is confusing, intriguing, experimental, and completely unlike anything I usually listen to. And, the one thing I've learned from the past few days is that it feels so good to throw yourself into something different.
Here's what much smarter people have to say about This is The Second Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank:
"Not a note is wasted from start to finish and we can guarantee you now that this will be there or there abouts come the end of the year plaudits. Most importantly, not only have Adebisi Shank upped their own game, they’ve set the bar for everybody else as well."
"It’s amazing how much a band can experiment with their own sound, at times creating a great big delightful mess while still delivering something coherent. There must be something in their water, and whatever it is I hope it’s there to stay, you’ll be hard pressed to find anything this exciting, enjoyable and grandly outlandish for a very long time."
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"Steeped in Japanese influence from the band’s three tours there ... it's a dizzying album of mostly instrumental music, not really a rock album as such, as the first album was. It’s more varied and sounds like nothing anybody else is doing anywhere. Vocoders, synths, marimbas, guitar riffs that would be comfortable soundtracking a level on a vintage platform game, big drums and even some ’80s basslines. Guests include Conor O’ Brien from Villagers who provides vocals on ‘Europa’ and Jape plays synths on the last track ‘Century City’."You can listen to the whole album for free right now on Nialler9.
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