Shiners are a punk rock fourpiece from East London who last week released their debut EP Now via AWAL. Recorded between Mill Recording Studio in Suffolk and by the band themselves in London, the EP has been a long time coming after several years releasing their music as singles online.
The band commented: “Because we made the decision to retain creative control of all aspects, particularly with recording and mixing the tracks ourselves, it has been a real labour of love.” You can stream lead single ‘Generation Y’ online now.
The band are due to play Roadtrip Bar on 14th December and Camden Assembly on 8th January. To delve a little deeper into their EP, we asked Jamie from Shiners to talk us through five songs which have influenced their sound.
Dr. Feelgood – Baby Jane
Ok, to kick off with we’ll have ‘Baby Jane’ by Dr. Feelgood. It’s on their fifth studio album ‘Be Seeing You’ which is currently my favourite album and this track really showcases the energy the Gypie Mayo bought to the band after Wilko Johnson left. Most people think of Wilko when Dr. Feelgood are mentioned but personally I think Gypie Mayo was a far more exciting and interesting guitarist and his work on this album is amazing. He took Feelgood away from being an RnB band and injected them with the punk and New Wave vibes that were happening at the time and made some incredible records with them which I feel are now really over-looked. ‘Baby Jane’ is a great example of this with its frantic chord changes and Gypie’s little licks which are pure New Wave. Dr. Feelgood for me are brilliant because they were the real deal, what you see is what you get kind of band. Lee Brilleaux was an amazing frontman too – that goes without saying. Also the Otis Clay version is worth a listen too because it really PUMPS!
David Bowie – Letters To Hermione
David Bowie has a huge back catalogue and trying to choose one song in particular is really hard. I could have probably done a top 5 set of Bowie tracks to be honest! This song in particular stuck out to me the first time I heard it though has become a firm favourite just because it is one of the most beautiful and heartfelt songs I know. The way Bowie delivers the vocals is incredible and I think it would be impossible for anyone who’s ever had their heart broken to not relate to this track.
Nick Lowe – Shake And Pop
Nick Lowe has to feature in this as he played a pivotal role in many of the careers of my favourite bands and artists in the late 1970s. He produced the album ‘Being Seeing You’ by Dr. Feelgood as well as being a co-writer on some of their other tracks, worked with Elvis Costello amongst others and also produced some great albums of his own. ‘Shake And Pop’ is one of my favourite tracks from Nick Lowe and this particular version is brilliant for a number of reasons. To begin with it features Elvis Costello and Larry Wallis along with a whole host of other musicians which is pretty cool, and it’s also delivered in a really menacing way. There are loads of them onstage and they are getting a kind of angry wall of sound feel which is pretty cool to say that least. What I love about this period in British music is the angst and passion which is so evident in everyone, and they all look like they can only just hold, like they are going to lose it at any given second. It’s something that missing from music now in my opinion. The lyrics in this track are great too and have to be mentioned. ‘They cut another record/It never was a hit/Someone at the newspaper said that it was shit/The drummer is a bookie/The singer is a whore/The bass players selling clothes he never would have wore.’ Fucking brilliant.
Suede – Animal Nitrate
Time for some Brit Pop influence! When I was a kid my parents loved Suede and it was played in the car constantly, particularly on the way to school – which I’m sure didn’t affect my grades at all… This track is just amazing. It was released at a time when baggy beats and washy shoegaze vocals and guitars were in vogue, and this track was a massive fuck-you to all of that and signalled the beginning of Brit-Pop. Bernard Butler’s angular guitar on this record is amazing and I could listen to it over and over again and Brett Anderson’s vocals are great too and kind of tie back to the Bowie track I’ve already mentioned. Bands like Suede, Pulp, Elastica and the Longpigs have all played a big part in our sound which we call ‘Brit-Wave’. It’s a mix of late 1970s New Wave and the 90s Britpop we grew up on as kids and we think its a great cross of things which we can call our own!
Sleeper – Inbetweener
Sleeper are wicked and this song is one of my favourites. The lyrics are excellent and very much something Damon Albarn or maybe even Ray Davis could have written. ‘She stops for a coffee, she smiles at the waiter/He winks at his friends and they laugh at her later’. Pretty brutal but great observational, kitchen sink-esc lyrics which is the kind of thing I love. The angular guitars in the intro and the bass lines are great and the chorus really lifts up too which is something I always found aurally pleasing as a song writer. That great guitar solo is also great as it really harks back to some of the solos of the late 70s which I love.