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Shutdown - Shutdown 1990 - 1995

  by Mark Rowland

published: 14 / 11 / 2002

Shutdown - Shutdown 1990 - 1995
Label: Boss Tuneage
Format: CD


Compilation of long disbanded, but now seen to be massively influential British post hardcore punbk band, Shutdown

Shutdown were one of those great lost bands, working hard to get their message across through touring, more touring , and occasional recording, but never really expanding their fanbase past a die-hard group until they split up. Now, however, they are thought of as highly influential, and more and more people are looking for their material. In order to compensate for this, the Boss Tuneage label have compiled together all of their recordings except for two albums they recorded for Golf records, on to one album. Like Minor Threat, an obvious influence, Shutdown played fast, politically-minded punk songs ( 'British Way of Life', 'Something I'm not ' and 'Out of Place'). They also played a lot of songs that dealt with relationships, a kind of proto-emo very similar in style to the legendary teen hardcore band, Squirrel Bait ('Manipulation' and 'Imprint' amongst others),. Occasionally also , they sounded a little like Black Flag in their use of riffs. Comparisons aside, Shutdown wrote pretty original hardcore songs whilst still sounding very, very punky. Take the first 6 tracks, for example. These are demos from 1990, and span from the punk-rock Smiths sound of 'Self', through to the more riff based 'Your Side', to the Emo-ish 'Manipulation', to the hardcore thrash of 'Something I'm not', 'Disconnected', and 'Out of Place'. These are the kind of tracks that are typical of this compilation. There is also a cover of the Beat's 'Mirror in the Bathroom'. The only problem is the same one as that of their heroes' Minor Threat's retrospective 'Complete Discography' '. With twenty-three tracks and well over an hour of music, it is difficult to listen to it all at once. It' is well worth sticking with though for later tracks,as the band at that point had honed their sense of melody, and the songs were, as a result, far better . As an added bonus, a very strange interview with the band on a local radio show is included after the last track, in which Shutdown seem like "Nice quiet Lads". How lovely.

Track Listing:-
1 Self
2 Your Side
3 Manipulation
4 Something I'm Not
5 Disconnected
6 Out Of Place
7 Let Her Go
8 Broken
9 Imprint
10 So Many Years
11 King Of Fools
12 Just Be There
13 British Way Of Life
14 Paralysed
15 Monday Mornings
16 Day To Day
17 Rebound
18 Out Of Place
19 Just Another Drink
20 Mirror In The Bathroom
21 The No. 1 Seed
22 Will Anything Happen?
23 In God's Keeping (Live At The Guildhall, Gloucester)

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