News Shinies: ‘People Keep Mentioning Sexual Frustration When Talking About Our Songs’

Jamie Milton finds out more about lo-fi Manchester trio Shinies.

When a band names one of their tracks after a professional footballer, there’s always the fear that they might be one step away from Soccer AM appearances and a full-blown “lad rock” reputation. Not Shinies though. The Manchester group make intelligent, lust-ridden rock music, with fuzzy production and screeching guitars circuiting every track’s bloodstream. It’s far more intelligent than mere lad rock. Besides, Shola Ameobi isn’t even the subject of the group’s latest song.

“What do you take us for?!” the band quip during our interview, quickly easing our initial fears. “It was a working title that went too far… Shola can be a girl’s name, too.” Shinies are indeed more about girls than goals. The artwork for their debut track, ‘Spent Youth’, consists of a Playboy-affiliated playing card; a topless girl outside in the blazing sun. “The song is sexy so why not have a topless blonde girl to go with it?”, they ask us. “Saying that, we have noticed loads of people mentioning sexual frustration when talking about our tracks, so take that as you will…”

The song is sexy, in its own unconventional way. It fuses harsh, lurching guitar lines with just the right level of “lo-fi” aesthetic. It sprung onto the scene like a bolt of lightning back in December 2011, putting into action a buzz that now surrounds the band. “It caught us all a bit off guard, but in a good way!” The song has since been re-recorded by go-to producer, Rory Attwell. “Rory gave it a slightly more professional sound,” we’re told. “Before we recorded ‘Spent Youth’ with only one mic in our basement, [so] a recording studio seemed the next logical step.”

The band already mentioned how surprised they were by ‘Spent Youth’’s overnight success - how aware were they of the influence music blogs could have? “We really didn’t have a clue about blogs. We’re sort of philistines when it comes to things like that.” Though today they remind both DIY and themselves that “it’s still early days,” the band are set to play Dot To Dot, and have an EP in the pipeline. The group admit they “missed the boat” with a lot of this year’s festivals, so 2012 looks likely to be a year of taking every opportunity that comes for Shinies, a band who, despite an obvious affection for Newcastle forward Shola Ameobi, won’t be writing songs about second-rate footballers anytime soon.

Shinies new single ‘Shola’ is out now via Dirty Bingo.

Taken from the May 2012 issue of DIY, available now. For more details click here.

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