On Tour March 15-30
Orlando, FL-based garage-soul outfit The Sh-booms have announced plans to release their debut LP The Blurred Odyssey on March 22nd via Limited Fanfare Records.
Pre-order The Blurred Odyssey on 180g Coke Bottle Clear [LTD to 150] or 180g Black Vinyl [LTD to 200] + CD and Super Bundle via www.limitedfanfare.com.
• First LP Pressing Limited to 350 Copies on 180g Vinyl
• Gatefold Jacket with Matte Finish
• Artwork by Mary Frances Dodd
• Lacquer cut by Stanley P. Getz II
• Pressed at SunPress Vinyl
Since their 2011 inception, The Sh-Booms have become kind of a thing in their native scene and beyond. Besides perennial winners of “Best Soul Act” in the Orlando Weekly’s big annual ‘Best of Orlando’ issue, they’ve been tapped to share the stage with national names like The Roots, Of Montreal, Talib Kweli, KRS-One, Jacuzzi Boys, Budos Band, Big Freedia, Lee Fields, St. Paul & the Broken Bones and The B-52’s (whom the band toured with in 2017 and 2018). They’ve been featured on NPR, their music has made it on TV (CW’s Supergirl) and they’ve played Austin City Limits, Okeechobee Music Festival, SunFest and Gasparilla Music Festivals.
Since powerhouse singer Brenda Radney joined in 2015, the band’s course has been locked, their date with destiny set. She was signed to Justin Timberlake’s Tennman label, even appearing on his album, The 20/20 Experience, Pt. 2. But after clicking with band leader Al Ruiz while recording separately in the same studio, she jumped aboard The Sh-Booms to turn this train into a true locomotive. After the release of their 2016 Usage Fee EP and a countless number of shows in the Southeast, the 10 songs along The Blurred Odyssey were produced by Grammy-nominated Alan Armitage (AA Villain) over an 18-month span that cemented the band as a tight-knit unit. That chemistry achieved is where The Sh-Booms are now, and The Blurred Odyssey is their testament.
There’s this dynamic that churns hard in The Blurred Odyssey. The music pumps with the hot, red blood of life irrepressible. But there’s a cloud on the horizon, the doomed sense of life’s finitude, that fueled these songs. Rather than dead-end nihilism, though, it’s resulted in the kind of urgent, creative friction that Hunter S. Thompson could get down with. In making this album, The Sh-Booms have dug through the blur of life, swam through a sea of booze, to find love and truth in the shadow of the void.
Although a soul band through and through, the grease and bite they’ve been picking up in the years leading up to this big step out have been forged in the bad company of punk and garage bands. From that underground now rises a new hurricane of big orchestration, maximum stomp and fresh intent. It’s a little ache and a lot of party all wrapped up in a wrecking ball.
The seas are stirrin’……A storm’s a-brewin’
The Blurred Odyssey Across Florida Tour
3/15/19 – Voltaire – West Palm Beach, FL [TIX]
3/16/19 – The Atlantic – Gainesville, FL [TIX]
3/22/19 – Will’s Pub – Orlando, FL [TIX]
3/23/19 – Crowbar – Tampa, FL [TIX]
3/29/19 – Las Rosas – Miami, FL [FREE SHOW]
3/30/19 – Jack Rabbits – Jacksonville, FL [TIX]
1. Amidst Chaos
2. Detox to Retox
3. Leon The Hustler
5. Late Night Lover
6. Dry Eyes
7. Walk it Off
8. King & Queen
9. Drop ’em Dead
10. The Final Sleep
Produced, Mixed and Edited by Alan Armitage (Boyz II Men, Ginuwine)
Co-Produced and Recorded by Simon Palombi and The Sh-Booms
Mastered by Dan Coutant (A Giant Dog, Jawbox, Denney and The Jets)
Artwork by Mary Frances Dodd
I can’t wait to hear the adds
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – January 1981 (Volume 12, Number 8)
I don’t believe in tomorrows
the night was quite a wild ride
I wish Cliff had beat Stormzy -who I admire but not here
we are all now sold on “Anti-Hero”
A horrorcore anthemic track with creepy vocals and abrasive guitars
they don’t quite show growth they do show
The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 12-2-22 – 12-8-22, Yemi Alade’s “African Baddie” Reviewed
One of the best albums of the year
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Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – December 1980 (Volume 12, Number 7)
Boy Howdy! did Susan Whitall put together a solid team of writers