Page 6 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 15, 1985
Sh ekback moves- toward mainstream
By Rob Michaels
L AST SATURDAY, England's
Shriekback found themselves in
Detroit for the first time in two years.
With manager Hugo Burnham asking
everyone to "Welcome those masters
of noise and mayhem - Shriekback,"
the band hit the stage and launched
into a raucous version of "Malaria,"
the opening track off their latest
album, Oil and Gold. The near
capacity crowd at St. Andrews Hall
got down pronto and the band was en-
joying things even more.
On this, their second North
American tour, the band has been ex-
panded to eight members (including
two female back-up singers), a move
made in response to the sudden depar-
ture of original vocalist Carl Marsh
and touring guitarist Lu. Upon
arriving in New York, the band
quickly filled the gaps by recruiting
two new guitarists, Eve Moon and
Ivan Jullian, both of whom fit into the
Shriekback groove with ease.
The lineup change also caused
founding member Barry Andrews to
become the band's full time vocalist.
In his new role as frontman, Andrews
was loose and exciting, doing a
strange dance that involved extending
all of his limbs in every direction at
the same time. The change also
seemed to agree with the rookie
guitarist, who also looked comfor-
table and confident and sounded even
With their recent switch to Island
records and the release of their new
LP, Oil and Gold, Shriekback have
taken more direct steps toward
reaching a wider audience.
"This is a new Shriekback attack on
America, which is steadily growing
from the college level," said Barker.
"We're now working out of that into
the mainstream that is recent."
Such an approach is also apparent
on the new album. "Shriekback has
more of a vision of what they want to
do before they do it," said Martyn.
This is especially evident on the
album's dance floor favorite
"Nemesis," the intention of which
"was to actually be the top commer-
But don't let this mainstream talk
conjure up demonic images of the
Thompson Twins or Duran Duran. If
their show Saturday night was any in-
dication, the new Shriekback has not
sanded down their rough edges and
coated them with Nutrasweet; their
intensity and originality have not
Following "Malaria," tight,
physical sparks continued to fly as the
Shriekback gang got into the second
single from Oil and Gold, "Fish Below
the Ice," a more subtle song that
featured some excellent keyboards
and backing vocals.
Throughout the show, the band
focused on songs from the new album
in accordance with the "new Shriek-
back attack." The Near-Eastern
sounding "Hammerheads" was par-
ticularly great, ending in an am-
phetamine-paced blowout that left the
crowd somewhere between Cairo and
Bombay, and in desperate need of
Throughout the entire set, the
band's fun and energy levels never
even came close to waning. The
rhythm section, which lies at the core
of Shriekback's sound, was relentless.
Dense, funky, powerful and jammin',
they had everybody cuttin' the rug
from the start to finish. The amount of
sheer fun that the band was having
was truly inspiring.
At the same time, however, they
were consciously economical, keeping
the songs from unravelling into poin-
tless and directionless jams that
would prematurely age the audience.
To everyone's dismay, the crew
played only one encore, leaving the
entire show to clock in at around an
hour and a quarter. While I'd always
prefer to be left wanting more than to
be bored and oversaturated, Shriek-
back could've come back to share a
few more tunes with the salivating
But brevity aside, the show was in-
vigorating and enjoyable, elevating
new wave spirits above concern with
the coif crushing rain outside.
Roger Daltrey - Under a
Raging Moon (Atlantic)
As lead singer of one of rock's most
dynamic, legendary bands, Roger
Daltrey was a frontman with stature.
Strangely, he has never been able to
make it as a soloist despite several at-
tempts. And this year's effort - Un-
der a Raging Moon - certainly won't
do much in the way of rectifying his
Daltrey has never been known for
his writing or musical skills. That's
O.K. - he's not trying, either. On Un-
ARE A GREAT
WAY TO GET
der a Raging Moon he has surrounded
himself with some of the biggest
names in hitmaking AOR: Bryan
Adams, Russ Ballard, John Parr,
Mark Brzezicki, Pete Townshend, and
Tony Butler, just to name a few. All
are certainly accomplished within
their respected realms, as record
sales will prove.
The problem lies with Daltrey, who
fails completely in living up to his end
of the musical bargain. Simply put,
the man has never sounded so bad.
Gasping his way through Side One and
straining terribly at both ends of his
range, his singing lacks any of the
triumphant, tough assuredness which
earned him respect with The Who.
The album relies on slick AOR
which borders on the heavy metal
side. The music itself is tolerable
within that context, but the lyrics are
pretentious, with Daltrey usually cast
as "The Rebel" or "The Broken-
Hearted Lover," etc. Even Town-
shend's one contribution to this
record, "After the Fire," is a travesty
and ranks among his worst com-
positions. It picks up where his solo
material left off - more middle-aged
angst, but this time it's misrepresen-
ted by Daltrey's lame interpretation.
It's getting air play at this moment,
but deserved it only because proceeds
go toward the Live Aid Foundation.
The title track closes the record
with a tribute to the late great Keith
Moon. It consists largely of a drum
fill in which appear eight of the best
drummers in pop music, among them
Stuart Copeland. It's a well-meaning
gesture which unfortunately wouldn't
worjk if it weren't for the symbolic in-
tent. The saddest thing about this
piece is knowing that Keith Moon
could havethrashed the whole song
alone without the help of eight other
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