One of the catchiest, grooviest and most well-rounded recording of its kind

A few years ago, Shellfin lumbered onto the scene with some ponderous jam-based tunes that were essentially a tribute to Kyuss – long free-form tracks where vocals were mainly afterthoughts.

Five years on and the Brisbane trio’s sound has coalesced into something with rather more structure but with very much the same psychedelic rock n roll blood pumping through its veins.  ‘Poisoned Heart’ offers but a taste before the rambling, rambunctious ‘Get On’ weaves its way through all kinds of influences and inspirations from Iron Maiden to Red Fang. Trippiness takes a further left turn during the close out of the Kyuss-flavoured ‘The Earth is an Egg’ when it morphs into a strange version of ‘Hangar 18’; that’s nothing compared to the truly off-the-hook version of ‘The Real Thing’ in which Shellfin’s stoner retro colours fly full strength – a virtual celebration of psychedelic rifferama. The same can be said for riff-infested tracks like ‘Down to Zero’ and ‘Smoking Gun’ also, and Shellfin continue showing off their broad musical palette with a nod of the head at Madchester in the gloriously fuzzed-out ‘She is a Robot’ with lyrics that got this reviewer thinking of The Lime Spiders. There’s an overall garage punkish vibe to much of the material too that makes it similar to Brant Bjork’s most recent album, making Cities Without Names one of the catchiest, grooviest and most well-rounded recording of its kind to emerge in a good long while. Making the package even more enticing, Shellfin is shipping a USB with the CD that also includes both previous releases, Secondhand Family and ‘Stay For Tea’, giving you more than enough stoner-psychedelia for more than one evening.

Poisoned Heart
Get On
Alesios Speculum
The Earth is an Egg
Down to Zero
She is a Robot
Smoking Gun
The Real Thing
Tomorrow Never Arrives
Cities Without Names