Shinyribs (from the album Fog & Bling available on Mustard Lid Records)
The latest Shinyribs record didn’t come easy. Kevin Russell, the frontman driving force behind the Austin, Texas-based band described the whole creation ofFog & Bling as ‘a struggle’, Said struggle is concealed while the excellence of Fog & Bling is revealed as a good time bundle of classic Shinyribs via zesty Roots Rock and swampy Soul. Since the days of his previous band The Gourds, Kevin Russell has been the mayor of a quirky lyrical world full of Trans Am muscle cars and taco stands, whether it is in the opening, CB Radio simulation of “Sing it Right” the loose funk of “Good Times and Bad” or the Jethro Tull vibe in the tastefully placed flute runs in “Got Sum”, that lyrical world is created over a bed of southern groove in one happening package.
While many recordings use demos as a blueprint, erasing for a clean slate when entering the studio to record, Kevin Russell will use demos as the foundation that he builds the remaining parts of the song builds upon. Kevin’s struggle came when the demos were all him being Shinyribs and not the band. Fog & Bling could have become a solo Kevin Russell effort and that ‘bummed me out’…..Kevin Russell further explain that ‘I thought I had gone the wrong direction and maybe I shouldn’t have even attempted this fool’s gambit of building on demos. It felt so much about me and I felt guilty and self-conscious. I’m doing multi instrumental stuff and I do that in my shed in my home recordings; I do that just for ideas and arrangement, so I can give my players just a place to start. It felt a little like I was tooting my own horn too much and I felt like I should shelve it, or make a solo record, because it felt like it wasn’t a band record with Shinyribs and I felt kind of bad about that.”
The guilt passed when the rest of the band joined Kevin in building out the demos, with the result of Fog & Bling achieving the Shinyribs sound. The horns, the back-up singers, and the groove from Kevin Russell’s longtime drummer (dating back to the Gourds) Keith Langford have a solid musical identity.
‘Once I added the elements of the Tijuana Trainwreck Horns and The Shiny Soul Sisters it started feeling and sounding more like a Shinyribs record. I spent all this time doing it, I should put it out, and I can call it a Shinyribs record, but man, it maybe was the hardest record I ever made, it was a struggle at times’.
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