Adebisi Shank
This is the Album


4.5
superb

Review

by Dr Dave De Sylvia STAFF
September 17th, 2008 | 83 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Mathy post-punk that doesn't care if you call it math rock.

Here are a few useful facts to know about Adebisi Shank: (read in order of preference, however top-to-bottom is the only order than makes sense)

Adebisi Shank is a instrumental rock band consisting of three human male players: drummer Mick, guitarist Lar and bassist/bleeps man Vinny. Mick and Lar moonlight in a band called Terrordactyl while Vinny releases kitschy electronic music as The Vinny Club.

This Is The Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank, released on the DIY Richter Collective label, is the follow-up to 2007’s This Is The EP Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank. Produced by legendary punk rocker J. Robbins (Jawbox, Government Issue), it re-uses precisely 0 tracks from the latter.

Adebisi Shank’s ethos lies firmly within the experimental post-hardcore tradition, as the band utilise varying degrees of dissonance and irregular rhythms to reflect a web of influences that ranges from metal (two handed tapping), post-punk (angular guitar riffs), blues (call-and-response routines) and funk (precise, jazz-inflected grooves), producing a sound that is both accessible and disquieting.

Van Halen may not be the most obvious reference point, beyond the central role tapping plays in the group’s sound, but Adebisi Shank have clearly inherited some of the brothers’ symbiotic instincts: while Lar as the guitarist is invariably the music’s focal point, it’s a steely rhythm section that makes sense of the frequent tempo shifts, with Mick in particular keeping it simple at all costs.

Opener ‘You Me’ is what people generally refer to as a baptism of fire, the fire in this case being a chaotic flurry of loosely-related guitar notes and an electric current of a bassline that soon resolves to more melodic pastures with the introduction of a talkbox (the only instance where vocals appear on the album).

The talkbox, reminiscent of Slash, hints at a classic rock tendency that recurs throughout the album. It pops up again on the wonderfully-named ‘Shunk’ which, alongside ‘Colin Skehan,’ best exhibits Lar’s instrumental prowess, as he leads off heavy blues riffs and intersperses them with maniacal tapping and pick scrape routines.

The clean, tightly-strung jazz licks that open ‘Colin Skehan’ acknowledge a debt to Irish post-rock outfit Redneck Manifesto, while ‘Minirockers’ is, as its name suggest, a teenage metalhead’s wet dream, as Lar unleashes every guitar nerd trick and effect in his enviable arsenal.

I have no idea who Colin Skehan is but you can creep him on Stalkbook if you know how to work a Google search.

Clocking in at just 23 minutes, This Is The Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank can easily be listened to twice in the space of an hour. Use the rest of the time to make drinks.

You Me’ and ‘Snakehips’ can be streamed in the little box below the tracklist. If suitably impressed, feel free to support independent music by picking the album up for a mere €10/$14 from the Richter Collective’s own website:

http://www.richtercollective.com/joomla/index.php?page=shop.product_details&category_id=6& flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=42&option=com_virt uemart&Itemid=26



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IsItLuck?
Emeritus
September 17th 2008


4927 Comments


dude, were you abducted by Zebra

edit: way to bold lateThis Message Edited On 09.17.08

Jom
Staff Reviewer
September 17th 2008


2689 Comments


atavotticy

EDIT: lol i gedditThis Message Edited On 09.17.08

kattunlover69
September 17th 2008


1194 Comments


Your search - atavotticy - did not match any documents.

Suggestions:

* Make sure all words are spelled correctly.
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NortherlyNanook
September 17th 2008


1285 Comments


I kinda doubt that I would find this to be anything above a 4 after listening to the two tracks, but it does sound like fun music. I'll probably check it out.

A few other people to focus on other countries like how you focus on Ireland. It'd be fun.

EDIT: TWO. TWO.This Message Edited On 09.17.08

HighandDriving
September 17th 2008


3288 Comments


Oh these guys released a new album, I have their ep " The EP of a band called adebski Skank".

Do they still have that sick bassist?

God I love math rock.

HighandDriving
September 17th 2008


3288 Comments


The ep was pretty sick, it was a random blog dl for me.

Horse is an awesome track, seems every track called Horse fuc king rocks.

I'd rate the ep around a 4 so I have to check this out nowzo.

Good review by the way, I love when Staff review math rock groups.

marksellsuswallets
September 17th 2008


4848 Comments


From what I'm hearing...I need to get this pronto...

jrowa001
September 18th 2008


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah i def liked the tracks on their myspace. im going to get this soon

KritikalMotion
September 18th 2008


2262 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i rarely enjoy instrumental bands but this is really good

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
September 18th 2008


4927 Comments


Hey Dave, do you want to explain the bold letters or what?

P13
September 18th 2008


1327 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wish i had some way of getting this.. : (

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
September 18th 2008


4927 Comments


no but the meaning of it all

SnackaryBinx
September 18th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm retarded, can I has explanation nao?This Message Edited On 09.18.08

Jom
Staff Reviewer
September 18th 2008


2689 Comments


If you stare at it for awhile, you'll realize what it all means.

NortherlyNanook
September 18th 2008


1285 Comments


Goddamn, some of you are thick. It's obviously an anagram for "ATTIC VAT YO."

kattunlover69
September 18th 2008


1194 Comments


iis it an insult to atavalen?

marksellsuswallets
September 18th 2008


4848 Comments


I don't get it :/

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
September 18th 2008


4927 Comments


ooohhhh I'm closing in on it

joshuatree
Emeritus
September 18th 2008


3742 Comments


i still dont fucking get it

marksellsuswallets
September 18th 2008


4848 Comments


Every time I think I get it...it goes away...I will lose sleep over this...and agh I can't find this album anywhere except the label site and I don't wanna pay like 20 dollars to get it to the US!



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