Zum ersten mal seit 20 Jahren wieder auf Vinyl erhältlich! Was für eine unglaubliche Ausnahmeband das ist...diese Platte kann alles, totaler Mathrock, aber melodisch, aber unheimlich verschachtelt. Manche Leute finden das anstrengend, ich höre sowas zum Frühstück oder nebenbei. Gang großartig! Wie eine Kanne Kaffee mit Adrenalin drin statt Süßstoff.
In the early nineties Shudder to Think released three praiseworthy albums with fault-
less record label Dischord; but were never fully recognized as much as fellow label
bands Jawbox and Fugazi. In 1994 they signed for the major label Epic and released
their best album, the present ?Pony Express Record?, without losing an ounce of cred-
ibility; but Shudder to Think never managed to level sales with other contemporaries
also surrendered to what was on a high back then: grunge.
They maybe shared a touch of drama; visceral attitudes and the urge for distorted gui-
tars, but the Shudder to Think songs on ?Pony Express Record? were a completely dif-
ferent world. The 13 tracks included on this album (so far from the ?radio friendly? con-
cept), merge elements from a number of genres: post-hardcore, metal, noise, jazz, and
even (the then emerging) emocore, with a result that is as unpredictable as fascinat-
All of the tracks, that transcend any genre boundary, have some things in common, like
their highly infectious melodies, but most of all, they shared the wondrous voice of the
magnetic Craig Wedren, who set new standards with his turns and his singular inter-
pretation of songs like ?Hit Liquor?, ?Earthquakes Come Home? and ?X-French Tee
The ?Pony Express Record? sound, impeccable, but maybe too ambitious and uncom-
fortable (too sharp perhaps) for the general public, is due to a tandem of renowned
sound engineers including Ted Nicely (Fugazi, Girls Against Boys) and Andy Wallace
(Slayer, Sepultura, Nirvana).
Shudder to Think were a ?rara avis? with every chance of becoming a cult band in time.
And indeed they did.
The band from Washington broke up in 1998 after releasing their second album at
Epic, ?50.000 B.C.? and is now considered by Music press and a large number of active
bands, as one the most underrated bands of the marvelous ?90s. And this ?Pony
Express Record? is their masterpiece, their highest creative peak. Its strange beauty
still surprises and captivates two decades later.
Text by Luis Benavides