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After two 7-inch singles and a demo cassette (recently pressed to wax), Melbourne quintet The Shifters finally unveil their first full-length album "Have a Cunning Plan".
Recorded at Al Montfort (of Total Control/Terry)’s home studio, “Have A Cunning Plan” ups the fidelity a bit, tempering the up-front crunch of their previous demo/LP. The sonic space suits the band, allowing the unpretentious complexity of the songs & lyrics to generate the “oomph” rather than bludgeoning the listener with treble and feedback.
The album showcases ten new tracks by the band at their best; scrappy, self-destructive, stumbling and brilliant pop music that seems tossed off or nonchalant on the surface but is rife with rewards upon further listening. Early album bangers like “Molasses” and the first single “Work/Life, Gym Etc” are instant earworms, (as are “Straight Lines” & “Pyramid Scheme”, the latter reworked from a recent 7-inch) but it’s the simple-yet-sophisticated songcraft of tunes like “How Long?” or the languid strum of “Andrew Bolt” that are heavy on mood and are vehicles for vocalist/guitarist Miles Jansen’s erudite lyrics that simultaneously celebrate and decry the banality of life, while also tackling larger issues of colonialism conservatism’s effects on society at large.
released July 2, 2018
Miles Jansen - vocals, guitar, melodica
Tristan Davies - bass, guitar, melodica
Louise Russell - keyboards, vocals
Ryan Coffey - drums, vocals
Chris Gray - guitar bass
All songs recorded by Al Montfort at The Avenue, Coburg and High Street Preston, Melbourne, Australia
Mastered by Mikey Young
Thanks to Lou Hourigan, Pedro Corbalon, Paloma Legris, Nicola Mitchell for taking the back cover photo, Leyla Varela for the layout, Primo, Travis MacDonald and Matthew Harkin, Lloyd and Eva, Brendan Robert McConnell, Russ down the lane at Hell's Kitchen, Neil and Christine, Michael and Yvonne Coffey, the residents of The Avenue, Bill and Lisa.
Thanks to Al for his go get attitude, sorry to Amy about the plant.
The Shifters acknowledge the Wurundjeri people as the traditional owners of the land on which these songs were written and recorded.
supported by 45 fans who also own “Have A Cunning Plan”
Jangly and wiry band that sounds like it is from a different time and place. If you asked me where they were from, I would have guessed two other continents before hitting the right answer. Their 1st LP reminded me of Wire and The Fall but this improved LP is smoother with more pop hooks. Art Fin
supported by 38 fans who also own “Have A Cunning Plan”
Reminds me of why I fell in love with that 80s/90s alt rock sound. Melodies are on point, hooks are plentiful and the guitars are warm and nicely distorted. All is as should be. There is even a hint of The doors in Born stoned. Early GBV and REM fans, this is our jam ✌ black_razor