Comparisons are usually the curse of the music industry, but Cork five-piece The Shaker Hymn can’t really complain about the names they’ve been lumped in with. The Cure, Aidan Moffat and Jarvis Cocker have all been made mention of. You can’t really put TSH’s sound in a box – apart from that it’s indie inflected and incidentally, on a continual loop. The fivesome’s forthcoming album (recorded in a baffling nine days) , Do You Think You’re Clever?, draws influences from late 60s psych and garage to 90s indie. Trickles of everyone’s fave sadboys: The Cure, The Smiths and Nick Cave can be heard, and it makes for effortless pop-synthetic-listening.
“Sucking It Out”, the track we’re treating you to today, is a crooner anthem, with all the lush harmonising “oos” and “ahs” you could hope for on a bleak Wednesday. Flipping it entirely, TSH throw you into a guitar solo and a whirlwind climax, showing everything they’re made of. Listen to the lyrics, no-one’s ever made the word “dribbling” sound so good. Promise.
Do You Think You’re Clever? is out on 20th May.