Like gratuitous noise-rock? Love Whitehouse?s misogynist swagger? Meet Shit and Shine, your new favorite band. With ?K?ss mich meine Liebe? S&S exchanges subtlety and panache for another drum kit and a bigger amp to provide more overblown nuggets of noise. Fans will recognize the two longest tracks released in ?06 on Conspiracy Records? ?Toilet Door Tits?, ?Biggest Cock in Christendom? and the aforementioned breasts, which showcase S&S at their peak?a ruthless combo of tribal drums, distorted screams and squealing riffs. It?s irrelevant to pick out specific sequences since the whole vibe meshes into one chaotic groove.
And while it may alienate at first, the fifty-minute bedlam is absolutely catchy: more drone than noise, with extra layers of, well, shit piled concurrently. Rather than repeating a single chord, Shit and Shine use several (I?ve witnessed six) drummers who repeat a single measure with slight alterations?a stutter step or pause, repeated sections, signature changes?that always resolve back to the core pulse. So yeah this is like drone but with a million differences. And while the hectic flair and ?bass boomed rock tonality,? as Load states, choreograph a whirling dervish of hypnotic funk, I feel like the effect is superior and simply more badass in the straight-forward aplomb of ?Taking Robe Off,? as chipped drumsticks connected to flailing arms conduct a doomsday ritual, than in a laid-back breakbeat (?The Side of the Road?) or Enablers fronted ten minute spoken word snoozer. How can you brag about sixteen drummers then let mold grow on the kits?
The taxonomy of sludge and sweat is a blessing and a curse, and ?K?ss mich, miene Liebe? shows a band clutching to the past while trying a new sound that ultimately flounders. Despite the disc's uneven pacing and the fact we?ve (literally) heard these songs before, there?s still enough content to excuse the missteps. 5/10 -- Adam Richards (18 June, 2008)