Formed in 2004, this Chambersburg, PA, band started winning over audiences in a profound way beginning with their performance at CMJ in ’06. Things steamrolled from there — praise from the blogosphere and national media outlets abounded, and the band was promptly signed to Seattle’s own Loveless Records and given a spot on the popular Live at KEXP Volume Three. Aside from the originality of their alt-punk recordings, The Shackeltons‘ bread and butter is their live show, and the heart of that show is lead singer Mark Redding. Redding takes his conversational singing cues from another Redding — yes, Otis. But don’t expect any sweet, soulful balladry but rather a mind-bending adventure as lyrics and melodies mesh, alternating between the lulling and the suspenseful. This is punk music that knows how to chill out, reviving the band’s Joy Division and Fugazi influences in all their raw yet conscious ways. Hopefully, those who were unable to attend this Music Lounge show caught the band yesterday when they performed the Rockstar Stage.
photos by Chad Syme