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The Shackeltons, ‘The Shackeltons’ (Loveless)

Palpable desperation is one of rock’n’roll’s most valuable commodities, because it’s impossible to fake. What makes bands like Pixies, Fugazi, and Les Savy Fav so exciting — and what makes the Shackeltons, from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, similarly thrilling — is a breathlessness, a creeping sense that crouched behind the towering melodies and heard-‘em-before razor guitars (think Television, in addition to the aforementioned bands), there’s complete breakdown. A half-dozen times on their debut, the Shackeltons sound completely convincing, and that’s about six more times than most bands ever manage.

Now Hear This:The Shackeltons – “Your Movement” DOWNLOAD MP3



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