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Transmigration of Timothy Archer[CD]
'Seldom do I have the pleasure of reviewing music of such brilliant unconventionality...At times reminiscent to everything from the blue-collar swagger of bands like Social Distortion and Lucero to the fractured alternapop of Pavement and/or The Mieces...The Shames delicately balance their trashy aesthetic with a nice dose of jingle-jangle.' Ryan Hoffer--Shut Eye Records & Agency. SKRATCH MAGAZINE REVIEW MAY 'O6 The Shames dabble in dark pop on some occasions; other moments see them tampering with edgier, Sonic-Youth-ish rock before bursting into some catchy chorus. Occasionally you'll see a slight similarity to early Lucero without the twang or Southern drawl. The New York City trio has concocted a solid album in THE TRANSMIGRATION OF TIMOTHY ARCHER, touching a different base on nearly every song-and doing it well. The straight-up rocking tracks fair better than the more relaxed ones, but the album never really hits a dull moment. The only negative thing on the record (and it's not even really that bad) is that there doesn't seem to be a definite The Shames sound. Find it, and labels will come! -David Barker-Skratch Magazine We are an New York City band that pride ourselves on our songcraft, lyrics and kicking ass live. We write songs about dark, suburban disappointments - pain born out of mediocrity, addiction, rejection, self loathing - and the soft slow sadness of people creating lives in which, for lack of a better phrase, they fail to thrive. If that sounds awfully dreary, let us add that we'd like to think that the songs are full of happy hooks, lifting, anthemic endings, and bridges that venture to be, dare we say it, pretty. Us The band is Tim Archer (guitars, vocals), Jim D (bass, vocals), and Karin Roach (drums, vocals). Tim's long story as a musician begins and ends in New York City, where he's played in more than one bygone band, including several years in the now self destructed Most Sordid Pies. After "The Pies" broke up Tim sat down and wrote some songs for a solo project. He then contacted former Pies' producer John Siket (Sonic Youth, Soul Asylum, Phish). Siket said "Let's do it!" and those original demos were the beginning of The Shames. Tim met Jim D (all around troubadour of Hoboken) through John, and they started playing and recording together with The Pies former drummer, Al. When Al had to move far away (for life on the beach, we forgive him) Tim called his friend Karin, who had been drumming and singing all throughout NYC with Brooklyn's The Hi-Way Stars and as a favorite hired gun for many other bands. She joined Tim and Jim D and so The Shames were born.
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