Coming off the trail of two U.K. tours Thirteen Shots quickly settled back into the studio to bring us new songs.
Tales That Start With A Whisper is filled with dark lyrical content occasionally broken up with some sick, twisted humor, and amazingly big guitar riffs, choppy fills and the kind of bass work that I'd happily give my left testicle to play. I really dig how these kids pull off the Horror Rock theme while still keeping the tempo upbeat and fresh.
The title track (7) Tales That Start with a Whisper is my runner up favorite. I dig the hell out of the basic, easy flow of the guitar work - no need to get fancy and show off all the time, it's just a nice, gritty little ditty with plenty of meat on it's bones.
Several tracks off this album were recorded live - always nice to have live tracks, especially when the quality is this good. It's also always a good thing to know a band sounds as good live as they do on studio recordings - definitely lets you know that the price of admission to a live show wont be regretted later.
Today's die hard punk rock fans would probably pass on this album and that'd be a terrible mistake to make as I can hear early punk influences MC5, New York Dolls, The Stooges, etc... as well as a good dip or few up and down the blues scales (is someone maybe a Clapton fan?) scattered throughout this album.
This is a fun album worthy of tossing back more than a beer or two while hanging out and listening to it. Tales That Start With A Whisper drops for purchase May 11, 2013. I'm not sure what dollar amount they intend to put to this album but I assure you kids it will be so very well worth the money.
Album release party is slated for the 11th of May at The Railway Inn Redditch after which their Acoustic Ep release will be May 13, 2013 at The Adam and Eve. Tour dates will be released soon. Check back here for more news on that or visit Thirteen Shots on facebook, bandcamp, myspace, twitter, or on horror-punks.com.
Overall opinion: This is a great, dun for all album.
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