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Long Weekend

by The Shorewoods

Jangle pop rock recorded in Seattle's legendary Egg studios by Johnny Sangster. The Shorewoods write snappy and clever power pop, full of hooks, guitars and a dynamite rhythm section.
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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1. Leaves Me Shaking
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2. Emerald Downs
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3. Cheerful
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4. To Be or Not to Be, or Else
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5. You Said it All
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6. End over End
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7. Pageboy of Chance
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8. Shipwreck
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9. Umpire
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10. A Slice of My Shade
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11. Overlooked & Looking Over
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12. Church Ranch Road
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13. Big World
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14. Catch Your Death
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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An effervescent debut album by Seattle's The Shorewoods.

Forever reeling from their spate of radio play in such exotic ports as Portugal (thanks, BangBang), France (thank you, Pop Dreams), Germany, and, er, Syracuse, New York (thanks WXXE!), The Shorewoods invite you to sample what discerning international pop aficionados have discovered!

Clever lyrics arrive in the layered vocals of songwriters Joe Lawless (who also plays with Trevor and The Joneses) and Sean Bentley, amid the sumptuous interplay of 6 and 12-string guitars: jangling, chiming, buzzing, acoustic, electric. This is a guitar band, friends! Seattle music-scene veterans Mike Bristow (bass) and Jay Weaver (drums) provide the pungent rhythm, with occasional visits from keyboards, woodwinds, and tuned espresso machine.

The band shares a love of power pop and their roots run deep and broad from 60s folk, 'sunshine pop,' and psychedelia to punk and ska, from complex 70s 'prog' rock to the concise, bittersweet dissonance of 21st Century 'alternative' pop. You'll bathe in nearly an hour's worth of 14 literate, melodic, danceable, power-pop gems, influenced by musicians as diverse as Elvis Costello, The Byrds, Sloan, The Jam, Wilco, Robyn Hitchcock, The dBs, XTC, Squeeze ... but always retaining a unique sound.

Beginning in 1998, The Shorewoods performed as an electric quartet and an acoustic duo in numerous venues in the Seattle area until roughly, 2005. This studio disc, recorded at Seattle's famous Egg Studios by the talented Mr. Johnny Sangster, captures The Shorewoods' full, eclectic texture and oomph.


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Eric Sorensen

jangle'n'twang and dabbles
Seattle has received lots of attention for the "grunge" bands of the 90s, but the pop scene there has always been vibrant - and it just became a lot more vibrant with this full-length release from a band that flirts with some jangle'n'twang and dabbles with some mainstream jangly pop/rock tunes. The riffs in "Leaves Me Shaking" sound vaguely like the Byrds' "So You Want To Be A Rock'n'Roll Star." Listen carefully to "Emerald Downs" and you'll hear a nod to the Byrds' "I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better." Even a casual listener will notice the similarity between "Church Ranch Road" and the Gin Blossoms' "Allison Road." It's hard to fault this band for periodic reliance on tried and true pop chords. This 14-song debut disc is very impressive, and the Shorewoods deserve comparisons with early Blue Rodeo and the aforementioned Gin Blossoms.

Tim Steward

excellent lyrics, really solid well crafted tunes
I LOVE IT! Wow, the songs are really great - echoes of a lot of really class bands (I always say this to people, but all music has echoes of other music, surely..?! and I always mean it in a positive way). I'm hearing influences of XTC, the La's, Smithereens, the Who, Luna, REM (a little) even TMBGiants, even HOUSEMARTINS! ..plus some more sounds and tones I cannot place for the life of me. anyway enough comparisons, I think the songs are top shelf - excellent lyrics, really solid well-crafted tunes.

Alan Bernstein

Good Stuff! Jangly!
Good Stuff! Reminds me of a band circa late 1980's -
THE LAST. They were good friends of the Descendents , but sounded like a jangly Beatlesesque slash Robyn Hitchcock.

Joe Vent

A great disc, with great songs.
Hey, just wanted to let you know that I finally got a chance to see and hear the Shorewoods disc. Very nice! I’m already a choir member for The Shorewoods (I love power-pop...my various bands have made about 1/2 a dozen records with Jeff Murphy of Shoes as the producer), so your disc fell on kind ears here. Congrats on a great disc, with great songs.

Thanks,

Joe V

Todd Tibbetts

It rocks!
This CD is definitely pop, but not in a sappy melodramatic way. It has strong melodies; the harmonies are
right on. The thing I like about the sound is, how do I say it...there is a raw jam quality to it. So, it is pop without sounding manufactured...you can still pick out all the instruments and you can tell that they are "real" musicians and not processed samples. I think a
lot of that has to do with the Egg studios sound - it's tubes instead of circuits, messy without being sloppy. Of course, good songwriting doesn't hurt.

I like the little embellishments thrown in...like the final end chord at the end of To Be or Not To Be, or Else...

The CD passed two tests - the CRANK test where I brought it home to crank it up on the big speakers. It was particularly rockin. It also passed the
SKYLAR test where I was playing it as my daughter walked into the room and she didn't ask me to turn it off...kids never lie.

It definitely achieves "album" status so it is not just a
bunch of songs - it is a bunch of songs that fit well together as a
package.

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Buy this CD! You'll be glad you did.