Words: Howard Gorman
As soon as the music video to Mancunian four-piece SHINIES’ second single 'Ennui' begins, with a cassette inserted into one of those old eighties recorders, it was clear that we were in for a good old bit of reminiscing. If you’re old enough to recall the classic children’s gameshow 'Fun House' then you’re in for a real treat. The band have their mean way with 90s legend Pat Sharp.
To be honest, if it wasn't for a blonde wig that SHINIES plant on Sharp's new crew cut I seriously wouldn't have realised who it was. To cut a long story short, these guys don’t seem to share my youthful love of everything CITV. As for the track, the first thing that catches the attention is the lack of a verse chorus mechanic – the track is more just a constant verse. That may sound like a recipe for repetitive disaster but it actually works to good effect.
If I were to compare 'Ennui' to anything it sits somewhere between The Cult and The Jesus And Mary Chain mixed with Tim Wheeler’s vocals, all the time boasting just as much fuzz as Yuck. Listen to the track below, along with debut single 'Shola'.
'Ennui' was released on the 22 October, on Dirty Bingo Records. Find more info at facebook.com/shiniesmusic.