Wednesday, August 27, 2008

STEVE ROCK: Prisonshake's Dirty Moons Out Now!

Does someone need a punch in the mouth?
"Fuck Your Self Esteem" (Enkler-Griffin), Dirty Moons Side 4, Cut 3.

Or maybe just a crazy kick ass rock n' roll record instead? The kind of old school double album like the ones you grew up with. You remember those records. You'd hit the bong a couple of times, put the headphones on, and then proceed to lose yourself in suspended belief over what you were hearing, all the while wondering what the hell they must have been smoking in order to create such a wonderful noise. Well it took us a few years, but I think we've delivered that kind of album.

In her feature on us in last week's Riverfront Times, Annie Zaleski described Dirty Moons as a record with "Hints of other artists — like Dinosaur Jr, the Stooges, Shellac, Guided By Voices, Bowie, Superchunk, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath — pass by but never linger, forming an oddly alluring, haphazard patchwork quilt of textures and sounds."
Dunno about Dinosaur Jr. (never was a fan), but I think a case can be made for Annie's comparisons, and it's an honor to be mentioned among them. Now of course some folks may disagree and not find the various jams we've laid down on Dirty Moons to be in alignment with their particular sensibilities of rock---and that's OK. There's a ton of information to absorb on Dirty Moons and it may be wise to ignore any immediate impressions until after a dozen listens or so before deciding what turns you off or on about the album. Heck, I don't even know what songs I like better than others, as that list seems to change everyday. Though each side has it's own vibe, feel free to drop the needle anywhere and let 'er rip. Again, there's a lot of variety. And don't let the various levels of lo, mid, and hi fi scare you. Unlike what you hear on most modern sounding records these days, our goal was to keep it real and not mix the passion out.

So here it is, folks. We'd love for everyone to pick up a copy or two or three. And please be aware of the love and care that went into the mastering, pressing, and packaging of the vinyl version of Dirty Moons. Those of you who swing vinyl will definitely be pleased. You should be able to find Dirty Moons in better record stores everywhere, and don't forget the easiest way to get it is always directly from Scat Records, here.

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