When The Shang Hi Los debuted their Kick It Like A Wicked Bad Habit EP two years ago, we immediately fell in love with the Boston-based rock ‘n’ roll outfit (not entirely unexpected, given the band members’ past, but that aside). So good news that Jen D’Angora (vocals, guitar), Dan Kopko (vocals, guitar), Lee Harrington (bass, vocals) and Chuck Ferreira (drums, percussion) are now back with a full-length album called Aces Eights & Heartbreaks. Once again Jen and Dan have managed to write strong songs, and the synergy between their strong voices has remained, but their musical palette has broadened a bit. In hit single Billy, for example, they inimitably combine a spaghetti western soundtrack with a girl group sound, in which halfway through there also appears to be room for a guitar solo that would not have been out of place in an 80s hard rock anthem. Uniting the best of the past 60 years, The Shang Hi Los show that rock ‘n’ roll still is alive and kicking.
Aces Eights & Heartbreaks is out now digitally and on CD through Rum Bar Records.
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