Review: S.H.O.U.T. Set Your Drinks Down

I’ll start with this little history lesson in why I do music, and why it means a lot. My roots of music and the “scene” are deeply rooted in punk rock. I have listened to music from bands that were recorded in shitty garages on a Talkboy (throwback…woot), I’ve heard bands demos that were so grainy and poorly produced that you can barely make out the vocals and maybe half the instruments. BUT production quality never mattered to me on if the band was good or not. IF the band and their songs were good, it showed through all the shit they did to record. I respect the underground with more regard than I do the highly paid production bullshit because I am the underground; it’s where I’m from and what I call home. From garage handheld recording to studio- to self-recording on computer software, I have been through it all myself; I’ve heard it all and talent is talent no matter what the quality of the recording.

So what I have been chosen to take on the task of listening to anything and everything that comes through the Tortured Souls realm.

Sometimes we are asked in the multimedia, journalistic business to do things as part of our job. The thing about this line of business is that we are tasked with watching movies, reading books, listening to music that sometimes makes us rethink our position in the world. Sometimes it makes us wonder why we even tell people, “Yes, you can do the thing you’re doing!”. We receive many different things in our mailboxes ranging from music, Indie films, even art review requests. Not always is what we are presented with great and fun and amazing. So now I’m going to present to you an album that was sent to us here at House of Tortured Souls by a band called S.H.O.U.T. Now let me say up front, this band came to us, with a warning that we would be honest in our reviewing. They wanted to be reviewed, so they’re getting reviewed.

At first look of the people making this music, I thought to myself, “Why’s this guy look like Blackie Lawless from W.A.S.P. raped Nikki Sixx while wearing a Power Rangers villain costume?” Instantly I judged by the cover. Which we are taught not to do as children, I did though and I soon figured out that I was right in my judgment. The first track on this album was LOUD super loud and sounded like a karaoke mic with too much reverb. You ever watch the episode of The Venture Brothers where some alien comes from space, and the team has to find pieces of Jonas Venture’s lost machine to put together, just to kill this guy? Well, it sounded like the alien. With that said, I thought, “Intros are always a little weird. I’ve made some myself that made no sense so whatever.” Song 2 plays, and I’m hit with something less than to be desired. The production of it was very unclear, and that’s fine usually but this was like hitting record while the garbage disposal was broken and stuck in the ON position.

I don’t know how to describe this music other than if the Decepticons decided to fight giant cats instead of the Autobots. As they stepped on their tails the screaming from Megatron was so fierce all of the pots and pans in the world that are placed in cabinets with loose doors fall to the floor of every household was used for the drum line. The guitars almost felt like the speakers were punctured with Skeletor’s voice. I decided to skip ahead to the next track, and it was just as unattractive. Then I got to thinking, maybe this is a band that does this on purpose to get a rise out of people? Perhaps they’re the kind of band from a rural area where they are the only band at all in the vicinity and thus the Amish tell them they are awesome? I am truly unsure what they are about I can say for certain though. The example I was given was less than to be desired all across the board. People sometimes get their hands on some used gear, plug in and play without even learning how to tune an instrument. These are called 12-year-olds, so as adults I’m not sure what was happening here.

As an independent musician, I can offer this: The world is a cruel place, I have had bad reviews in my day, and soon John Roisland here with House of Tortured Souls will be reviewing my whole discography (I just volunteered him for that). I do not at all expect praise. I expect honesty and that’s what you get when you toss your album out there. So Take note S.H.O.U.T.: Practice Practice Practice. Take time to learn the trade instead of throwing on some Mercyful face makeup and strumming an untuned guitar thinking rock stardom is next. Maybe find a phone booth time machine, go into the future and take guitar lessons and come back to win the battle of the bands by playing a KISS cover of an Argent song. Or you can just learn yo’ mother fucking shit. I watched the videos and I listened to the album, I feel like this whole project is satirical in a way that isn’t funny at all. I’ve listened to terrible music… Fuck, I do listen to terrible music according to most people’s opinions. I even make terrible music to most. This though, I do not recommend it unless you’re using it as a lesson on what not to sound like. Now take note again, you may be reading this and thinking, “Damn Schock is a fucking cocksucker.” No..they asked for this and were warned on the honesty of the ordeal. So before you think I’m being harsh. Watch the following videos and see for yourself just what is going on here.

So with that, I bid you all a good evening and go ahead with your name calling and blah blah. Not everything is going to be a bomb ass review. Not every band that comes our way is going to be the next big thing. Music is Life… Don’t shit on life.




Posted by Schock

I'm an artist, specializing in illustration both digitally and traditionally. I also write short stories as well as for HouseofTorturedSouls.com. On top of all this I make music. Punk rock/Hardcore mostly and now dipping into thrash and death metal. I have a kid, I'm diabetic, I'm straight edge.. That's pretty much it for who I am and what I do.

1 comment

I worked as a music journalist myself for many years and occasionally I had to write excoriating reviews about certain albums. Reading this review, Schock, I did think you were a little harsh, until I watched the videos, then I must confess I thought you were right on the money. As an author I’ve had my share of bad reviews, some were unfair and unkind, others were perfectly true. I learned from those reviews and I’m a better writer because of them, so, as painful as it was to receive those reviews, the reviewers did me a favour. I hope S.H.O.U.T. receive your review in this light.

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