This just in from Chambersburg: our favorite Central PA post-punk fivesome, The Shackeltons—whom you might remember from a 2011 Key Studio Session, as well as a talked-about appearance at the 2008 XPoNential Music Festival—have started to unveil the new studio recordings they’ve been working hard on these past three years.
Available today via iTunes, the Mum EP is a touching tribute to singer Mark Redding’s mother Theresa Dean Redding, who passed away from ovarian cancer in winter of 2011. In a song-cycle of four new Shackeltons tracks, mixed with old home recordings of Theresa Dean singing and speaking, Redding and his band meditate on love, life, death and family as Mothers Day approaches. Continue reading
The Key Studio Sessions Compilation Volume One—which you can download for free here—features one exclusive track recorded at the WXPN studios by 17 local acts, including Cheers Elephant, Grimace Federation, Summer Fiction, Moon Women, Prowler, Attia Taylor, 5 O’Clock Shadowboxers, Res, Purling Hiss, The Shackeltons, Soars, Johnny Miles And The Waywards, Creepoid, By Surprise, Lady, Slutever, and American Babies.
Want to hear more? Click here to listen to the full sessions by all 17 local acts. You can also download The Key Studio Sessions Compilation, Volume One in its entirety as a .zip file.
They’re pacing themselves. They’re not rushing the next record—they’re doing it right, and I respect The Shackeltons for that. But the new songs that Chambersburg’s favorite moody rockers have performed in concert over the past year are so fierce, so chilling, so alive, it would be criminal if we let them go unheard. Back in January, a demo of “Mum” was featured in the Philly Local Philes. Today, we have the full Key Studio Session the band recorded in early February (when it was in town for a Central Pa. showcase put on by our buds at Tri State Indie). There was a lot of warmth and good vibes filling the WXPN studio that Saturday evening; sax man Randy Bucksner sat in to lend “Call Call” an unexpected X-Ray Spex vibe, singer Mark Redding sang into a cleverly rigged telephone mic, and the band strung Christmas lights across the studio floor. A full six unreleased numbers were played, from the dramatic, mostly instrumental opener “Records” to the angelic closer “Lights.” The set The Shackeltons delivered upstairs after recording was equally powerful. Harrisburgers can catch them live opening for The Joy Formidable at the Appalachian Brewing Company on April 1; for Philly area fans, they play Berwyn United Methodist Church on April 9.
You might remember the cyclonic energy of Chambersburg five-piece The Shackeltons from their set at the 2008 XPoNential Music Festival. Or you might just be a fan of their eponymous full-length that came out on Loveless Records that same year. After a period of down time, the band reemerged last year, making appearances with Cage The Elephant and Spoon and playing sets consisting of 90 percent (or more) unreleased material. The new tunes are sounding great, and the band hopes to have its next record out this year. Singer Mark Redding sent us a demo for one particular tune, “Mum,” which leads with a surfy guitar before slamming into the band’s signature post-hardcore overdrive. Check it out below—the howling refrain “Did you ever lose someone you love?” is chilling. In an ironic twist, The Shackeltons’ appearance in Philly this weekend is on Saturday morning’s Kidrockers’ bill, where they’ll be playing their heavy, heady songs for a room of tweens and elementary school kids. But don’t worry about nightmares, parents: Redding has such an animated stage presence that the young’uns will be dancing right along with him.