Sept. 28 – Los Angeles, CA Dimmak Party
Sept. 29 – Los Angeles, CA Neighborhood Festival
Sept. 30 – Los Angeles, CA LAX DJ Set
Oct. 2 – Calgary, AB Hi Fi Club
Oct. 4 – Vancouver, BC The Plaza Club
Oct. 5 – San Francisco Rickshaw Stop
Oct. 6 – Chicago, IL Vic Theater w.KLAXONS
Oct. 8 – Washington, DC 9:30 Club w.KLAXONS
Oct. 9 – Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore @ TLA w.KLAXONS
Oct. 10 – Toronto, ON Opera House w.KLAXONS
Oct. 11 – Boston, MA Great Scott
Oct. 12 – New York, NY Webster Hall w.KLAXONS
How many bands do you know who cart generators half a mile down disused railway tunnels, install light systems and play all night to half a cityâ€™s ravers?
Who else plays lock-ins where youâ€™re actually locked in by the bouncers for hours on end and only allowed out when youâ€™ve worked up just the right amount of sweat and gurns (thatâ€™s British for a certain face one pulls after consuming certain substances) in one night.
Who else buys a caravan off of eBay and builds a soundsystem within, simply because theyâ€™ve been evicted from their apartment for too many public order offences?
We kid you not when we tell you of such archaic tales and tribulations of this Glaswegian turbo-raving foursome, otherwise known as Sh*tdisco. Even their name is sure to prove a slight problem for their publicity firm which in itself is exactly why we at Magnum simply love â€˜em!
We give you anarchy inspiring Sh*tDisco (one of the many invented terms coined by foursome) shot to fame last year playing and partying their way round the â€˜turboravesâ€™ of Europe, stunning even hardy Klaxons fans on the NME Indie Rave Tour in a fluoro frenzy that lasted all year and shot adrenalin into the dreariest remaining schmindie fans.
Four post-art school boys raised on a diet of Talking Heads, The Prodigy, Donna Summer and anything in between (as long as itâ€™s edging towards 2000 RPM), bassist Joe Reeves, other bassist Joel Stone, um, third bassist (and keyboard wizard) Jan Lee and drummer Darren Cullen came together as Sh*tdisco in 2003. From a disused tenement block in Glasgowâ€™s now-gentrified West End, they eschewed the traditional gig scene (a wise move as Glasgowâ€™s Sauciehall Street is, in the bands own words, â€œlike Rome at the height of its decadenceâ€) instead hosting massively over-subscribed free-for-all parties.
About to release their debut album â€œKingdom of Fearâ€ â€“ the more you get to know these guys, itâ€™s clear theyâ€™re not all about simply causing havoc to themselves and their surroundings but actually have a little more of an intellectual angle and somewhat political angst to their songs and lyrics. Listen closer and itâ€™s clear that Kingdom of Fear should not be overlooked at as mere med-fuelled madness.
First single and schizoid disco-punk manifesto â€˜Disco Bloodâ€™, for example, with the hazily joyful chorus of â€œgot that disco feeling on my mind, got it in my bloodâ€ seems pretty simple. In fact itâ€™s a reference to the feeling AIDS sufferers felt when the disease first emerged. Look closely, and youâ€™ll notice the bandâ€™s incessant partying is actually their political statement. Bassist Joe says of juggernaut follow-up track â€˜Reactor Partyâ€™: â€œitâ€™s from the Russian concept of holding parties in nuclear reactors. Itâ€™s a vague political aspiration, having a party in a government funded place.â€
This defiance is the centrifugal force in everything that Sh*tdisco do. â€œPlaying party music for us is rooted in political ideasâ€ says Joe, â€œWeâ€™re unable to change anything even by voting, so partying is a political statement. You donâ€™t go to work or do what youâ€™re supposed to be doing. You party for days on end instead.â€ So, a futile trek to the polling station to push forward the next corruptive impotent government, or spend days on end gurning your face off (itâ€™s imperative, Americans learn such a term in this day and age) â€“ the choice is yours.