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'The Billy Shinbone Show'   

-  Label: 'Tiny Dog Records'
-  Genre: 'Indie' -  Release Date: '20th July 2018'-  Catalogue No: 'TDR025'

Our Rating:
The name sounds like a vaudeville act and there's something stagey about the musical antics of this Somerset singer and multi-instrumentalist who inhabits the real world as Jesse Budd.

He says: "I've tried to invent my own world where a pink suit wearing, poetry reading, cocktail drinking surrealist like me can somehow bring my electric sitar to the Honkytonk and not get my head kicked in".

Using eccentricity as a cover runs the risk of being dismissed as a purely novelty act and making a video with a home-made corpse and a giant purple accordion isn't the behaviour of someone who expects to be taken too seriously.

Shinbone exudes a larky Arctic Monkeys air cognizant of the fact that his DIY one man band approach is unlikely to become popular or fashionable.

The "small town glamour" of High Trapeze and the mundane domesticity of Old Brown Shed are songs that are about the narrowing of broad horizons and the lowering of high expectations.

In the opening track, Mostly Cloudy, Occasionally Sunny his outlook foresees only glimpses of blue sky thinking.   

Thirty songs were written for this record which were then whittled down to just ten making for a relatively brief playing time of just over half an hour.

Whatever droll outsider humour is intended is buried within bitter-sweet ballads that are like boozy sea shanties transported onto dry land.

It's a formula that generally falls a little flat and the title of one track If You Think You'll Get Away With It, You're Wrong sadly proves too prophetic for comfort.

Billy Shinbone's website
  author: Martin Raybould

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