"Off With Their Hearts"
CD-EP OUT NOW!!
Its a true first and a true last.
The Shebrews Off With Their Hearts is the last set of love songs
youll ever need tastefully arrayed on one extended-play c.d., the
The Shebrews are John Crozier (Hang Ups, Ninian Hawick, Seacreature,
Ninotchka, &tc) and Stephanie Winter (Les Arbres, Zipperpuss, Legendary
Jim Ruiz Group, &tc) along with surprise guests. Working separately
and apart for many years in cult-favorites of the internationally renowned
Minneapolis avant-pop scene, The Shebrews represent a seldom seen opportunity:
seasoned songwriters and musicians tactfully allowing a project to culminate
as nature would have it.
And here you have it: the underground smash "Leave All Your Old
Loves" (as seen a couple of years back on 7" vinyl), the European
compilation-hopper "Paris cest toi", the ornate house
backbeaten "Turning Red", Le Grand Magistrys mod forfiture
"Motorbike Girl", and all the rest. For about 30 minutes, these
"underground" sensations will pollute the mainstream waters
with freshness and vitality, every time you press play.
If this isnt the first time youre hearing of or from The Shebrews,
its not surprising. Croziers pop-collective Ninian Hawick
saw their biggest hit, "Scottish Rite Temple Stomp", backed
with "Leave All Your Old Loves", thus far The Shebrews
best-loved recording, on a Grimsey Records single which has long since
sold out. At one time or another, The Shebrews have appeared with artists
on Grimsey releases such as Bomb Pops famed singles compilation
and the Hang Ups sold out "Top of Morning" single.
In the midst of it all, Grimsey has long held out for a concise statement
that would be The Shebrews own. That statement came in a flurry
of long nights in the studio, transforming intricate stories of woe and
desire into deceptively simple and patently brilliant pop gems. So long
brewing, The Shebrews first collection of songs has a depth you
can immediately hear despite the muddy waters of time. Harrowing, haunting,
and several years in the making, Off With Their Hearts is a thing worth
cherishing. listen here.
1. Turning Red
2. The Trouble with Harry
3. Paris c'est toi
4. Leave all your Old Loves
5. I Wish I Were Her
6. Motorbike Girl
7. Strange Effect
8. Turning Blue
"Leave all your old Loves" Grimsey 003
split single w/ Ninian Hawick - also appeared on Elefant records "Montecarlo"
"Paris c'est toi" Paris Vu Par compilation, Riviera disques
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Rockbites recently reviewed it and said this:
" Minneapolis retro-twee duo The Shebrews quietly released their
stunning debut mini-album titled Off With Their Hearts in August on Stillwater,
Minnesotas Grimsey Records. If you have any interest in retro 60s
to 80s pop (American or British) or in perfectly crafted art pop,
I cant say it more plainly: this disc is a must-have treasure.
The Shebrews are an on-and-off collaboration between
multi-instrumentalist John Crozier (Ninotchka, The Legendary Jim Ruiz
Group, Seacreature, Ninian Harwick, Hang Ups) and British-born vocalist
Stephanie Winter (Les Arbres, The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group, Zipperpuss).
Previous releases include a variety of split singles and the occasional
compilation appearance. For the songs of OWTH, they enlisted help from
drummers Bryan Hanna and Chad Nelson, bassists Matt Gerzema and Jim Ruiz,
and keyboards player Peter Sands.
Despite its billing as a CD-EP, think of this as a
mini album. Its eight songs and 21 minutes can take you farther away from
the troubles of the world than a hundred lesser full length LPs. Each
track is individually breathtaking and could be a single in its own right.
In sequence the songs are crushingly heart rending and beautiful.
Five tracks on the disc are written or co-written by
Crozier and Winter, and reveal the pair to be a formidable songwriting
team. The three covers blend in seamlessly and to excellent effect: Leave
All Your Old Loves by Pamla Birch of 60s Liverpool act The Liverbirds,
Motorbike Girl by Jessica Griffin of 80s band The Would-Be-Goods
(aka Griffin backed by The Monochrome Set), and This Strange Effect, a
major hit for 60s British pop balladeer Dave Berry written by The
Kinks Ray Davies.
Music from the magical partnership known as The Shebrews
is precious. Get all you can.