Download Shellshag's "Resilient Bastard", From Next Month's Rumors In Disguise on Don Giovanni Records
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent.
Brooklyn's Shellshag have been playing mucky, minimal punk throughout Brooklyn and beyond for over a decade, touring all the time and putting out records under the radar. Rumors In Disguise, their third album, is the band's first for hot gnash-punk label Don Giovanni (home of Screaming Females), and should hopefully shed some light on their skeletal, long-awesome, abrasive sludgepunk. Just one guy (Johnny Shell) and one gal (Jen Shag) pounding away, making corrosive goon music, Shellshag's press release already beats us to the "Yeah, yeah, White Stripes, Jucifer, blah blah blah" aspect. But that doesn't really harness the band's destructive live presence, their feedbacky fuzzgazer hooks, and the friendly energy that has surrounded them for years. "Resilient Bastard" sounds like a doom-pop version of Weezer's "The World Has Turned And Left Me Here," but of course turns the sentiment from abandonment to survival.