Shit and Shine invents its own hybrid of aggressive and lush —teasing krautrock's propulsive and repetitive drive, but soaked with deconstructed, distorted pop and broken disco samples, glitches and stuttering vocals smoothed by phasing synths into an almost psychedelic tempest.
Formed in 2004 by Craig Clouse to push beyond the already deviant noise rock boundaries of his grinding guitar-riff band Todd, Shit and Shine crumples and reshapes rock tropes with electronic prescriptions, from corrupted samples and uncanny effects to relentless beats. Clouse draws in players with an ear for the disruptive, including King Coffey, former drummer for Butthole Surfers, and Nate Cross, head of avant-jazz and experimental label Astral Spirits (the three musicians newly hatched project USA/MEXICO, turns bass, drums, guitar and altered vocals into thundering noise-metal.) Shit and Shine's 11th release, Total $hit on Powell's Diagonal records, reshaped the project's dissonant reflexes into an atmospheric dubscape destroyed in a heavy fever pitch. The latest issue for the unpredictable label Editions Mego, ups the irreverence ante while still delivery a full brain and body mosh.
In a genre-transcending NTS showcase, Shit and Shine as a duo stages an unpredictable storm of a noise opera with a wall of mangled sonics and live drumming.