Shipping News, "One Less Heartless To Fear"
Shipping News has been a band since 1996, when they composed music for the radio program “This American Life.” They have released four LPs and several EPs on Quarterstick Records and have toured the USA and Europe several times with the bands Three Second Kiss, Uzeda, Shannonwright and others. In 2006 they toured Japan for the first time and in 2008 played at the Primavera Festival in Barcelona.
“One Less Heartless To Fear” is the band’s first new full length album since “Flies The Fields,” (2005) and a helluva lot has happened over the last five years. Two weddings, fatherhood, serious illness, a presidential election, multiple wars, city moves … these things have inspired the band to make their most rowdy, aggressive and adolescent album to date. Shipping News has jettisoned the long songs (and glacial tempos) of the past and is concentrating on energetic blasts of noisy rock (with a little gallows humor thrown in). While slipping into a slightly more sympathetic mood once or twice, the new songs are stripped down and pretty much nasty.
Working for the first time with the kind folks at Karate Body and Noise Pollution (and AfricanTape/Ruminance in Europe), this album marks the 14th year of the band’s existence. “One Less Heartless To Fear” features seven brand new songs and two “oldies” recorded live on a digital multitrack system at the all-ages venue Skull Alley (Louisville) and The O-Nest (Tokyo).
Credits: Kyle Crabtree - Drums / Todd Cook - Bass / Jeff Mueller - Guitar & Vox / Jason Noble - Guitar & Vox
Recorded by Brian Lueken and Kevin Ratterman (Wax Fang / Elliott).
Vinyl plated by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service.
Artwork by Dan McCarthy.
Special limited edition letterpress covers printed by Jeff Mueller (Shipping News) at Dexterity Press.
“Flies The Fields” will fascinate and terrify in equal measure. —Drowned in Sound
They’re experienced mathematicians who not only came to rock but to feel, a sound that’s been attempted by thousands, but rarely achieved. —Pitchfork
Among the bands making post-rock revisions to the conventional pop formula, few offer hooks as gratifying as Shipping News. —Alternative Press
An enjoyable switchback ride through instrumental post-rock riff-making and full-on angst-ridden rocking out. —URB
Shipping News … drifts through several emotional and time signature changes, but it is executed with confident hands that know full well when to pull back and lock tight … before you realize it, you’re overcome. —SPIN (online)
Brooding. Made by people who’ve read the odd book. Worth owning. —MOJO