Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Sheds- ...And Now For Something Completely Different

The Sheds are awesome, awesome ska/punk. They've been playing music together since they were 9-13, how cool is that? Not many bands can say that. Obviously the line-up has changed quite a bit since that... But it's still kinda awesome. They call themselves 'postskacore' but it's really just skapunx. I love it. They have the intensity of hardcore, the sound of punk, and the horns of ska... That's skapunx. :D
"Cycles" is the title track and it has a great sound. The vocals are really talented, and the music is really driving. OH, and the saxophone is fucking amazing. I love saxophone. Daniel does some really interesting harmonies with the music. It's got great variation, between the hardcore stuff and the ska segments. It's a really catchy way to start off an album.
"Roadrash" is more ska oriented for the most part, with punk highlights to it. It continues to be catchy and all that jazz. There seems to be a reoccurring theme with The Sheds lyrics- they're all sad. However, I'm in love with them.
"Counting Sheep" probably has the best instrumentals out of the whole EP. Not any instrument in particular, really, but they all tie in with each other better on this track. If I ever bomb or set any major monument on fire, I want it to be to the outro of this song. I am completely serious. Either that or Kashmir, but that's not even relevant.
"Wrathbone" has the best lyrics. It's a great song. The Sheds have a sound similar to Fatter Than Albert, by the way. I probably should have mentioned earlier. They still have a pretty original sound of their own, though.
"Straps" has an awesome sax line, and it gets stuck in my head really easily.It's a really POWERFUL song.
It finishes off with "Slash & Burn" and it was a great way to finish off a great EP. It's got the coolest fucking riffs EVER.

Overall, I was very impressed with the Sheds. They have an amazing sound that mixes the best of both words- melodical soothing ska and driving intense hardcore. It was a really fresh sound I'm glad I checked out. 

You should definitely check them out, and if you can, buy the album instead of just streaming it, or buy a t shirt. They have cute designs.

-Bear, your resident douchebag.

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