Shy Mirrors

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Shy Mirrors is Mike Downey, ex-frontman of Illinois/Parasol Records' faves Wolfie, National Splits, New Constitution, etc. Going it alone in Sweden, the land of the Hives, Hellacopters, Shout Out Louds, Sahara Hotnights, etc., he hollers hot, quick-hitting indie rock with heavier 1977-1981 punk guitars, like the Rich Kids on double the amphetamines covering Negative Trend, or Sebadoh with Superchunk's Mac McCaughan singing the Controllers. Give him two minutes 11 times, and he'll bang out a big blast of baby-faced energy with pop hooks like the breakout "Breakout," or the Ramones-ish "Argon" (beat on this, brats!), that will blitzkrieg your bop in nothing flat.