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SHADOW IN THE CRACKS

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GONER RECORDS


Format: LP
Cata No: 126GONE
Barcode: 600385259910
Format: CD
Cata No: 126GONECD
Barcode: 600385259927
Brothers Jim and Mike Blaha constitute 66.6% of Minneapolis’s best export
this side of Target: The Blind Shake. Rounded out and beaten forward by cofounder
Dave Roper, the trio exercises undeservedly antiquated practices,
such as: (1) marrying quality-control with a hyper-prolific release and touring
schedule; (2) allowing the resultant discography to boast an uncommon
variety and scope; (3) what might be the best live show in contemporary
garage-punk / related underground; and (4) appropriating garage-punk, classof-
1990 noise-rock and blunt-force post-punk, out of which emerges a largely
proprietary mountain of scuzz-pop menace.
If the brothers’ new endeavor, Shadow in the Cracks, was a “side project”
in quality of sound and aesthetic, the term would’ve landed in the opening
sentence. However, the world deserves to consider the nine-song, selftitled
debut on its own terms. Everything here is natural; nothing is overt or
a convenient diversion obscuring a deficiency in song-craft. Reverb is used
but only where it makes total sense—on the vocals, where it accentuates the
mood and menace of each song. This record is not here to distribute hi-fives
and constant positive affirmation. It is about how the universe can gradually
compound the duller negativities of life and state of mind; the conditional
negation of contentment when maintaining survival mode.
Shadow in the Cracks “refers to the darker part of the dark,” explains
Jim. “We decided to create a new band after the first song was written. It felt
much different to us that it sort of got us scheming and we created an entire
back-story / idea for the band; then started writing the songs within that limitation.
Having only a kick drum and Indian bells changed the way we played
our guitars. It could have been a new direction for the Blind Shake for sure,
but it was really fun to enjoy the new limitations without having the temptation
to go back to what was more familiar. The first song was written when
the drums were not fully set up at our practice space. Mike sat behind the kick
drum and started playing. I responded to what he was doing and it came out
way different than it usually does. It really moved us in a new way.”
The band will appear at Gonerfest 12 and tour in support of the album’s
release.

Tracks:

1. Timeless
2. 800 Meters
3. Planting Flowers
4. Penguins Blood
5. Lonely Time
6. Elephant Seal
7. When the Bubbles Stop
8. Shadow in the Cracks
9. Ships Roll In

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