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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Thee Shams are no flim-flam!

Thursday, May 27, 2004

Artist: Thee Shams
Title: Please Yourself
Label: Fat Possum

This is the perfect "rock" record for a blues fan. If you're like me, as you got older your lack of interest in popular rock music grew with each birthday: there are still plenty of rock records you throw on but most of them were recorded before 1980. Thee Shams present THAT kind of blues fan with the perfect rock record.

Thee Shams, hailing form the Ohio Valley, have successfully captured the 'sound' of Sixties garage rock bands like, ? & the Mysterians (who performed 96 Tears). This album lives in a sonic cross between the Rolling Stones and the New York Dolls; or between Aerosmith and another fabulous Fat Possum label band The Black Keys. It's all that and a whole lot more.
The fact is this album has little to do with the blues other than copping the sound as so many great rock bands have before them. The second track, "If You Gotta Go" was written by Bob Dylan and later covered by Canadian Sue Foley. Like many rock bands (The Kinks, Oasis, BTO, Indigenous, Everly Brothers, The Black Crowes) Thee Shams are a four piece band centered around brothers - in this case Zachery and Andrew Gabbard. There must be something in the genes but this is an excellent record that I cannot quit playing. The fourth track, "Love Me All the Time" is a ballad consisting of a simplistic arrangement that so the words & tune are not cluttered by over production: BRILLIANT!

Well if the music does the talking this album speaks volumes about how cool rock could be if only commercial radio would let it!

1 comment:

cjohnson22463 said...

Thee Shams are now the Buffalo Killers. Check out their new album on Alive Records.