Sinister Cleaners - Shine (Aaz Recordings) 21/05/2007
T: I hadn't
heard the name Sinister Cleaners for YEARS before this turned up, and
the reason is that they probably haven't been played in that long. John
Peel was a fan, and Janice Long played them on the odd occasion, but
they never got round to releasing their debut album initially, refusing
to play the corporate game and remaining fiercely independent. As a
result, after contacting each other over the past 12 months or so, the
band have decided to complete the album 20 years later; hence this is
the debut album from The Sinister Cleaners, some two decades on from
whence it was started!
N: Songs complete with refreshingly honest lyrics that draw the listener
into the web frontman John Parkes weaves; undoubtedly an album of its
day. The shades of a McCulloch led outfit seem to tower above them;
but like a trip down memory lanes, these songs have the ability to evoke
memories long forgotten in those of us old enough to know better, and
still young enough to care.
T: Refreshingly honest? In "Bastards", he sings (about hippies)
"Give me a bomb that I can drop on the heads of all those bastards".
Are you implying that Parkes is a would be serial killer?
N: As I say, refreshingly honest. Have you never gone to bed wishing
someone harm, and yet waking up in the morning to continue your life
without a stain?
T: No, actually I normally just go to bed with a lob on, and generally
other men are the last thing on my mind...Anyway, regardless of this,
it is an absolutely wonderful album full of references of the best bands
of yesteryear, and puts any number of the new boys to shame. 9/10
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