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Constantines Shine a Light


Release Date August 19, 2003

Catalog No SP569

Formats MP3, CD, and LP

The first pressing of the The Constantines’ self-titled (and Juno Award-nominated) debut (released on Three Gut Records in 2001 and re-released outside of Canada on Sub Pop in 2004) 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 elasti-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.

Featured Videos


  1. National Hum
  2. Shine a Light
  3. Nighttime/Anytime (It's Alright)
  4. Insectivora
  5. Young Lions
  6. Goodbye Baby & Amen
  7. On to You
  8. Poison
  9. Scoundrel Babes
  10. Tiger & Crane
  11. Tank Commander (Hung Up in a Warehouse Town)
  12. Sub-Domestic