Shiner: The Egg LP
Shiner was a very special group. Their sound palette had a variety of colors and intensities like no other group of their generation. They linked a work ethic (learned from Jawbox and Fugazi) to a way of understanding the composition and musical interpretation that transcended post-hardcore. It was very rare that a band could sound like My Bloody Valentine and then like Jawbox, then like Chavez or Helmet. They not only killed themselves everyday touring in a van but burned hours in the rehearsal room and had more effect pedals than anybody. They were more math rock than anyone else. But what’s more important – they had songs. Shiner wrote memorable songs. It’s easy to try and be Radiohead, but writing songs like “The Simple Truth” is a lot more complicated.
“The Egg” – released in November 2001 – was the group’s fourth and final album, its creative peak and one of the most ambitious albums produced by J Robbins, whose creative participation goes beyond the mere production of the album. Not only because it is a perfectly balanced piece of work at a compositional level that makes us travel thanks to its production, but because it is a record, not just a simple collection of songs. Each element has its own entity and at the same time plays a role in the set. Experimentation and accessible melodies. Darkness and rhythmic play. Ambitious and immediate rock. Visceral and brainy. On paper it seems difficult to blend influences like MBV, Helmet or Jawbox, but the Shiner of “The Egg” were in full blast and went straight for it. And they won.
Black vinyl in full colour sleeve with printed inner sleeve.