Constantines Shine a Light

Constantines Shine a Light

Release Date June 10, 2014

Catalog No SP569

*Originally released by Three Gut Records (Canada) and Sub Pop Records (the rest of the world) in 2003 and since named one of the top 200 records of the 2000s by Pitchfork and often cited as one of the best Canadian records ever, this legendary album has been out of print on LP since 2007. We’re proud to make this LP available again, featuring a newly cut vinyl master and packaged with a special bonus 7-inch containing 3 B-sides recorded at the same time as Shine a Light (“Hotline Operator (2003),” “Thank You for Sending Me an Angel” (Talking Heads cover recorded during the Shine a Light sessions) and “Raw Youth” (live recording of Royal City cover from a 2003 CBC session)). The original gate-fold artwork has been re-photographed to show its age and the past 11 years of neglect in dank basements. Pre-orders for the LP, CD, and Digital formats will all include an instant download that will include the bonus songs as well. Orders containing just the Digital or CD formats will be available / shipped immediately, whereas any order containing the LP or t-shirt will not ship until the week before June 10th. 

For orders to Canada, the Shine a Light LP reissue will be released on You’ve Changed Records and as a result we will not be able to ship there from our store. Please visit for further information and pre-order details.*

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