SHIRK CIRCUS (Buy CDs by this artist)
Because of You, I Missed the Guess Who Concert EP7 (M.Y. Nation) 1993
Words to Say (Bar/None) 1994
March (Bar/None) 1995
This band will destroy your life. (Dromedary) 2011
New Jersey's Shirk Circus plays a curious mesh of Minneapolis-style post-punk and influence-welcoming pop. Considering that the trio's long-playing debut, Words to Say, was cut as first takes in an hour, the album's stylistic diversity is amazing. Only the low-budget production keeps songs like "#14 (What Would You Be If You Weren't Nothing?)" from achieving Paul Westerberg's dream of being the Raspberries and in a shitty mood at the same time.
The forward-moving March finds singer/guitarist/songwriter Josh Silverman in a creative growth spurt. A glorious riff rises from the guitar bluster on the title track; the tuneful punk of "I Regret Everything" takes a step back not that the band should regret having recorded it. "Guess Who Came Home Today" is a spectacular mix of 10cc and Elvis Costello; the memorable "Where Have You Been?" is thick and rich, intricately arranged but essentially straightforward. The twin-lead break of "Roses" is a nice touch, as is the Spectoresque percussion in "Everything Beautiful in the World Is Dying." Give Shirk Circus some time at least in the studio and the band might very well record a modern pop masterpiece.[Jordan Oakes]
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