It’s been a while… sorry about that. Moved house. Anyway, I’m cheating with this one a little, as they’re no longer outsiders. But this EP’s too good not to share.
ShiSho was formed nine years ago by Ohio sisters Vivian and Midge Ramone. They were seven and three years old at the time. They helped to define the “youngwave” movement of quirky child musicians with songs like ‘Christmas Time In Paris France’, ‘Punk Rawk Boy’, a cover of my favourite New Order track, ‘True Faith’, that semi-reverse engineers it to sound like a Joy Division demo (these are all on Rainbow Jumpin’ Demo, so if that doesn’t make sense, listen and understand) and the SubGenius favourite ‘America Will Punch You’.
Undoubtedly, when they started, they were outsiders. Three year olds are not generally musically trained, and are certainly unconcerned with following traditional musical forms. Of course, time has ravaged them, and now, nine years later, they have released a far more polished debut EP, at the ripe old ages of sixteen and twel… oh for goodness sake. I’m twenty-six and can barely play the kazoo. Vivian and Midge on the other hand, with a combined age only two years older than I, have put together a release that can genuinely be compared to the likes of They Might Be Giants. How annoying.
Not that annoying though, because it’s my own fault I can’t play anything, and The Sisters EPis brilliant. The development of their performance and the higher fidelity of their recording hasn’t affected how fun this punk-folk duo are to listen to. Opener ‘It’s Coming To Get You (The Evil Clown Song)’ manages to capture both the fun that some might associate with clowns through performance and the utter terror others might through lyrics. ‘Ohio Man’ meanwhile is a scathing attack on the foibles of their neighbours, whether they’re attacking laundromats or shooting robots.
No, this isn’t a sensible EP. Nor is this a sensible band. Even at their most satirical, as in last year’s single ‘My Dear Republicans (The Fiscal Cliff Song)’, they can still chuck in a reference to Darth Vader. But a) they’re kids - they’re meant to be silly, and b) when it sounds this fun, who cares? Name your price over on Bandcamp, or go see them live for hard copy. Now, I won’t be posting about ShiSho again. They’re bound to break the mainstream soon enough, and besides, they know too much…