Chambersburg, Pa., brings you a virtually unknown band who probably will not remain so for long. The five stalwarts that combine to form The Shackeltons seem to be tapping into a new vein of sonic consciousness which has only been touched upon previously. Though young in terms of history, they display some serious vibe in the vein of Fugazi and mewithoutyou.

Creative, driving songwriting, stalwart rhythms, and slightly punk-rock delivery makes this outfit a future force to be reckoned with. The vocals are partially sung, partially spoken, and partially shouted, lending a diversity that plays to the utter advantage of these guys.

I saw them doling out flowers at a recent show…which made me wonder if they had been attending MWY shows recently (although it was carnations instead of roses, to their defense). I like these guys because they are on a small label (Loveless) which hails from a very reputable town (Seattle, Wash.). Their debut LP, self-titled, conjures up images of golden DC eras gone past, full of fury, strife and revolution.


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