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Album Review

After the demise of Rollerskate Skinny, drummer Jimi Shields (brother of My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields) turned to a singer/songwriter/arranger with the band Lotus Crown. Much of Chokin' on the Jokes lacks the spacey experimentalism of both Rollerskate Skinny's work and that of former bandmate Ken Griffin's Kid Silver project, opting instead for a more conventional major-label Brit-rock/psychedelic feel that occasionally comes across like a darker, less pop-oriented Boo Radleys. Often enough, however, the band lightens up on its rock influences in favor of more interesting guitar sounds and arrangements, resulting in a polished, dreamy midtempo rock sound that's highly effective.


Formed: 1994

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s

Named for an ancient Chinese fable, the orchestral hip-hop band Lotus Crown was the vehicle of singer/guitarist Jimi Shields, a onetime member of the Irish noise-pop outfit Rollerskate Skinny. After exiting the group's ranks following their 1994 EP Threshold, Shields relocated from Dublin to Chicago, stopping briefly to play drums for his brother Kevin's band My Bloody Valentine. After settling in the U.S., he recruited guitarist Paul Dillon, bassist Lennie Dietsch and drummer Zack Kantor, and Lotus...
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