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Album Review

Remember the good old days in alternative music, when simple yet sturdy basslines led the charge (Joy Division, etc.)? The New York City new wave pop duo Shelby definitely do, as evidenced by quite a few of the tracks from their sophomore full-length offering, 2005's The Luxury of Time. Main members Kenny Cummings (vocals, guitar, bass, electronics, percussion) and Phil Schuster (bass) are back once more, with another impressive helping of oft-mopey, synth-laced alt-rock, which would've fit perfectly between the Cure and Morrissey on 120 Minutes back in 1988. With most modern-day alt-rock bands merely replicating garage rock circa Detroit in 1969 or New York City in 1976, Shelby set their sights on the '80s — in other words, guitars soaked in distortion are replaced with guitars that ring and chime. In fact, picture a collaboration between Radiohead and the aforementioned Joy Division, and you wouldn't be too far off. "Salt of the Earth" sounds like it would have fit perfectly on The Bends, and with a few little changes, "Modify Myself" could've been included on Unknown Pleasures. But unlike most of the "retro alternative" acts that are plastered all over the covers of your favorite music mag, Shelby aren't merely a retread — injecting in enough of their own personality and style, and creating something that certainly sticks out from the pack.

Customer Reviews

Absolutely Fantastic!!!

I'm extremely moved by this band. I first heard "The Golden Boy" on Saints Row, then decided to check the rest of their stuff out. This album is amazing and it's a shame they only have less than a handful of songs though. Curious to know what happened to these guys.


Formed: 2000 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

New York City's new wave-meets-dream pop combo Shelby formed in 2000, when singer/guitarist/keyboardist Kenny Cummings, bassist/keyboardist Phil Schuster, and drummer/singer Chad Wilson began playing together informally. Cummings used to lead the group Little Shining Man and played and programmed synths for artists including Elvis Costello, and Schuster has played in bands with members formerly of Swervedriver and God Machine. The group released their debut EP,...
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