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Custom Made Hit Parade

by Shutterspeed

Inspired, passionate, intelligent rock with a twist of soul, from one of Australia's finest new bands
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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1. Come Out Swingin'
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2. Under Control
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3. Dancing With The Devil
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4. What Part Of No (Do You Not Understand)?
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5. Feed The Fire
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6. High Among The Lights
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7. I Am The One
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8. I Can't Keep My Hands Off You
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9. Two Weeks
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10. If I Could Be You
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11. Start Over
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12. Dark Forces
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Shutterspeed are one of the finest and most exciting rock bands that Australia has to offer. 2001 saw them burst onto the national scene with their irresistible single 'Good Little Monkey' and the acclaimed debut album 'Hill Street Views', which took Australia by surprise with its stunning combination of intensely personal lyrics and inspired playing, combining muscular rock attack with sweet and soulful melodies. Reviewers summed it up this way at the time - "... Shutterspeed are as good as any rock band to emerge in this country of late ...Hill Street Views is the serious business: a fully realized album that sounds better than plenty of rock records made at far greater cost."

The new album, released in mid-2003, is called 'Custom Made Hit Parade', and it places the band among independent rock's elite. The first single, 'Come Out Swingin'' was played on radio around the country and the second, 'Under Control' took that to another level, thrusting the band firmly onto the radar for the discerning lover of classic, thoughtful rock. According to Rolling Stone, Shutterspeed's new album is "... an old school rock & roll platter that overflows with heart and soul." Or as one writer put it, "The Vines and Jet might be getting all the headlines, but Brisbane band Shutterspeed have delivered the album that's built for the long haul, shot through with their passion for soul music and classic British rock ...".

Shutterspeed embodies what the experience of live music is all about - if you haven't seen them yet, you really should ... if you think that all Australian music is over-cranked nu-metal sludge, cringe-inducing hip-hop and identikit made-for-TV divas, think again. Shutterspeed prove that independent doesn't mean cheap, that classic doesn't mean unoriginal, and that rock doesn't mean out-of-date. If you're interested in music made for the love of it, without calculation or pretension, Shutterspeed may have just what you've been looking for - sublimely intelligent, emotionally direct music, with a visceral thrill that reminds you exactly why great bands who make great records never go out of fashion.

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Martin Brody


I will be blunt. I have not heard a better Brisbane band than Shutterspeed and 'Custom Made Hit Parade', whilst not without its rough edges, could be one of the most important recordings to come from that city since the Saints' 'Know Your Product.' From the stinging vitriole of 'Come Out Swingin' (a motif later visited in the 'Dark Forces coda) to the sentimental sexuality of 'High Among the Lights,' there is barely an emotion left unattended here. If you consider singer/guitarist Andrew Petersen's assertion that the album is "Songs about fucking and panic," then you get an insight into the emotional mileu where this wonderful songwriter exists. The strength of the album is the detail in the songs and each one plays like a small chapter in the singer's life, whether it's the self-doubt and fear of 'Dancing with the Devil' and 'Under Control,' or the inverse self-assuredness of 'I am the One' and 'Come out Swingin.' Petersen has the remarkable ability to articulate emotions in simple but never hackneyed way: "I'll do a better job next time cause now I know what it takes/I'll be different I'll be good I swear, I'll learn from my mistakes (Start Over).
In a way I hope he doesn't learn because, ironically, it may just take away the impetus for songs like these that are almost peerless in the sewer of contemporary music. The album's only weaker moments are 'I can't keep my hands off you' and If I could be you,' both of which would have made better B-sides, especially with the quality of songs such as 'Sparks that flew' that the band had in reserve. This said, they fail to detract from the overall quality of an album that has been recorded and produced with such passion, thoughtfullness and insight that I am wondering if I will hear another like it again. If you don't pick up a copy of this album then I must ask you, "What part of brilliant music do you not understand?"
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Americana UK

Australian band easily outdoes compatriots (the dire Jet and the Vines) in the c
Juxtapositions abound on this record: ‘Come Out Swingin’’ marries the pub rock swagger of Eddie & the Hot Rods with twisted riffing of ‘Daydream Nation’ era Sonic Youth, and ‘Under Control’ has late period Motown inspired Jam paired with early passionate Springsteen. It’s a one-two sucker punch leaving your jaw agape waiting to see what they come up with next. What follows is a parade of songs that call on The Who, Small Faces, the Stones, Curtis Mayfield and a whole host of others. All the songs are densely textured, with the rich sound of the Hammond organ usually in attendance to lay down a thick under-blanket: ‘Feed The Fire’ is so dense you expect it to come out of your speakers as a liquid. When they do strip things back as on ‘High Among the Lights’ or ‘Two Weeks,’ we get a Wilco / Buffalo Tom hybrid; muscular acoustic balladry, touching and tender. The Wilco comparison again is prevalent on ‘If I Could Be You,’ a ringer for a mid-tempo Tweedy number. The record comes to a neat elliptical finish as ‘Dark Forces’ revisits the fist pumping intransigent anthem “Come Out Swingin,’’ this time not with detuned guitars but a string quartet and a gospel choir, the Hammond almost discovering new keys in an effort to top the maelstrom of melodic noise swirling around, and yes it does sound like Buffalo Tom, Andrew Petersen’s vocals are a match both in pitch and phrasing for Bill Janowitz - being an admirer of BT, I have no problem with this. Reputably excellent live, they will be touring the UK later in the year on this, showing that they’ll be well worth seeing. www.cdx.co.uk/independents
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