The Shambles

The Shambles

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Not the Shambles from San Diego, this Boston-based group features DMZ/Lyres bandmates rhythm guitarist Rick Coraccio and drummer Paul Murphy. This 11-song self-titled CD on Mug Shot Music is a near perfect garage rock album resplendent in twisted Kinks/Seeds riffs that would have excelled on Coraccio and Murphy's 1978 album on Sire simply called DMZ. Twenty-two years later, they merge their sound with two members of a Worcester group called the Actions. Artie Sneiderman on lead vocals and harp is the real deal, and along with Steve Aquino's fiery guitar, they whip through six songs recorded at Euphoria Sound on March 2, 1987, pre-dating the San Diego Shambles release by over a decade. The last five songs on the CD were "recorded live somewhere in the Worcester area by Ron Sczepaniak," no doubt the brother of bassist Dave Sczepaniak. Maybe some of this sounds like the garage door was shut and the microphones were outside, but that only makes the music more authentic. The song about a "bad girl...the neighborhood loving cup" "Nympho" has a cute little chorus with cool trashy lyrics. Coraccio's jangling guitar works perfectly with Steve Aquino's lead guitar and the hooky Schneiderman/Aquino anthems like "Don't Press Your Luck" and "You Look Good in Black" complement a beautifully moody piece like Rick Coraccio's "Light Years From the Sun." This album has the magic without Mono Mann's excesses and overpowering personality. It's the Lyres without the nonsense. Great stuff with eye-catching photos and graphics.