The Shanes

Songs from the Urban Country Hell

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The debut recording from this German punk polka group. They perform all original pieces utilizing a variety of European influences. Lead singer Martin Schummelfeder resembles a less inebriated Shane MacGowan, but what really gives these songs life is the playing of accordionist Thomas Rebmann. Guitarist Jorg Krug also adds tasteful, brief solos when called upon. Although this was a low-budget recording, a high-tech, polished production effort would only have detracted from its rough-hewn charm.

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