IVE GOT NO ETERNITY AND IVE GOT NO PAST, IVE GOT NO DESTINY MAN, MY FUTURE’S FADING FAST, I’M A
Such a definite statement and a kinky wolf high on acid work introducing the second album of this crazy trio from Los Angeles. There’s no room for confusion, The Shrine are gonna kick the asses of those who dare to listen these 9 explosive tunes.
I discovered this band almost one year ago in London, during my flashback trip to attend The Action is Go 15th anniversary show. The Shrine were the supporting band chosen by Fu Manchu for the complete European tour. As already commented on the post about the show, their 30 minute set was a blast, and these 3 young punks really caught our attention thanks to their energy and power on stage.
I learnt afterwards that they had a self titled debut album recorded by Chuck Dukowski, one of the founders and bass player for Black Flag (yeah, that band which used to mean something and be cool as fuck before they became so fashionable even Kristen Stewart wears t-shirts with their logo). Everything started to make sense.
Since I saw them at Islington Academy I’ve been following them through social networks, travelling, playing and skating reckless. in some way they remind me of Cancer Bats, a band always on the road, always on the go, tough and constant workers.
I must admit that, because I was too focused on getting The Action is Go on red/blue vinyl re-issued edition, I finally didn’t purchase Primitive Blast, which by the way, it was also available on cassette (!!!), fact that I sort of regretted afterwards.
Few weeks ago, there was a topic of discussion about non popular yet cool and affordable bands we would like to see on stage at an independent festival, and among others such as Lucero (they ain’t very famous in Spain), Fu Manchu themselves, Huey & The New Yorkers, Swedish Marulk or Pulled Apart By Horses, I thought of The Shrine right away.
I started watching some videos and listening to some tunes and finally purchased it through internet. Since I received the parcel 3 weeks ago I’ve been listening to Primitive Blast nonstop, and I have to say these three guys are nuts.
The rhythm of the album is frenetic. The energy and rage are overhelming. The sound is rough and loud, the riffs are insane. Songs keep intact the essence of punk and metal 70’s and 80’s yet they have their own identity.
The band cite The Stooges, MC5, UFO, Slayer, Black Flag, Thin Lizzy or Black Sabbath as their inspiration, and due to their taste for acid and their passion (life) for skating, they define The Shrine’s sound as psychedelic violence.
I know I write about the album of the week and all of them are great, otherwise I wouldn’t waste my time writing about them but this time I try to emphasize the fact that I like this band because it’s frustrating nobody knows them, especially here in Spain. I’m seeing pictures of their gigs, their European tour dates confirmations and I’m upset because unlike I’ll gey the chance to see them again unless I book them myself.
I haven’t mentioned any song because all of them are cool, but here is a video so you can get the picture of this crazy band. Hope you like them.
I’VE GOT NO REALITY
AND I’VE GOT NO TIME
I’VE GOT NO CONSCIOUSNESS
AND I’VE GOT NO MIND