TUE, AUG 8, 2006 at 11:24 AM

A U G U S T 19 THE CONSTANTINES Shine a Light (CD/LP)

The first pressing of The Constantines’ self-titled (and Juno Award-nominated) debut (released on Three Gut Records in 2001) was fittingly packaged so that, upon opening the red cardstock booklet, you’d find a single strike-anywhere match. In an effort to not ruin the beauty and poignancy of a thing through over-explanation, suffice it to say that if your relationship with rock and roll is not fundamentally a quest for fire (elemental, transformative, consuming), you’ve missed the point. This from Magnet magazine: "They’re young offenders with sharpened teeth who make grinding, literate punk with the elastic-to-explosive guitars heard on Fugazi’s “Smallpox Champion,” the stark lyrical economy of a Vonnegut-penned newspaper obituary…" And: “The Constantines are old souls in young bodies – guys in their early 20s who sound like Joe Strummer backed by Fugazi – making music that wakes the sleeping and the dead.” Shine a Light is The Constantines’ second full-length and first for Sub Pop (Three Gut continues as the band’s home north of the border).


Posted by Harry Dean Hudson