The Shudders have been a classic example of a band growing up in public. From their early Celtic hoedown dominated stomps through a transition period that coincided with their first full album and more recent evolution into the lo-fi, Americana meets English indie-folk outfit. It is a testament to the band that you can’t even tie a label to them without it involving three or four generic references. Best you just go and see them for yourselves.
And if you do you won’t be disappointed as their shows are renowned for being some of the liveliest on the circuit, something that has more to do with their ardent following than the band themselves. What the band do, however, excel at is driving, acoustic and electric guitar based songs, melodic bass lines all hanging on understated yet on the money drumming.
They are a band that have been compared to the likes of Crazy Horse, Bright Eyes and even Wilco which in the scheme of things are pretty high accolades, but all in my opinion justified. Catch them at The Beehive this Sunday afternoon to see what all the fuss is about.