Boomkat Product Review:
Rumour has it this is the loudest album ever made, and based on the ear-flaying extremities of 'Have You Really Thought About Your Presentation?' that doesn't sound like an empty claim. Shit And Shine have always seemed to swagger through their career with a certain air of devilish pranksterism about them, but this latest album finds them ditching their most gratuitously provocative tendencies (see their C**ts With Roses LP for that) in favour of remorselessly punishing kraut-metal, all draped in the noisiest, most overdriven recording style imaginable. The fudgy production, far from destroying the band's sound, pretty much IS the band's sound, and although it most likely goes deep into the red for the entire duration of the record, you don't really get the sense that the record's being consumed or excessively obscured by the distortion. Instead, the tireless noise splutter-funk of 'Penthouse Is A Must' comes across as very bright and crisp... if not particularly clean. After a slew of relatively taut compositions (well, sort of) the band's most experimental daftness begins to come through in time for the ten-minute title track, sounding thoroughly surreal as they chop between slapback delayed drums, droning SunnO)))-like guitar grind and dialogue exchanges that sound a bit like Spinal Tap commentating on the Isle Of Man TT. Immediately after this, S&S slip into a goopy house groove for 'Shit No!', which shows some of the band's range, but as you work your way deeper into the playlist it's doomy, sludge-mired metal all the way, with frenetic fuzz evacuations like 'I'm Making My Lunch!!' and 'Kolchak The Night Stalker' launching especially nefarious affronts on the senses. Then, after seventy-something minutes of auricular assault comes one of the band's rare subtle moments: 'People Like You... Really!', which offers a drum-punctuated death ambient feel that sounds a bit like Wolf Eyes trimming some hedges. Badly. It's yet another aspect of this bizarre British group's craft, helping to round out 229-2299 Girls Against Sh*t as surely their best, most complete, longest and loudest album to date.