In seeing The Shackeltons (MySpace) perform live, you are GUARANTEED one thing. (In that statement, GUARANTEED must be italicized and in all caps. Thatâ€™s how sure one can be in making such a statement.) In seeing The Shackeltons perform, you will, no matter what the circumstance, be treated to one of the all-time greatest performances you will ever see. Period.
In seeing The Shackeltons perform, I have a few recommendations:
1. Get there early. There are two reasons for this; (i) it will allow you to take your place up near the stage, which is by far the best way to experience a show by The Shackeltons, and (ii) youâ€™ll be treated to the â€œset upâ€, in which the band decorates the stage with props. In this case, the band decorated the stage with branches, flowers, a telephone and a suitcase. All became props for frontman Mark Redding, which brings me to the next item…
2. Bring a camera. The Shackeltons are one of my favorite bands to photograph, all thanks to front-man Mark Reddingâ€™s stage antics. He really gets into it. He sat and stood on the suitcase, he pretended to make a phone call, and he waved and threw flowers and branches around on stage.
3. Beware. Sometimes Redding comes off the stage. Sometimes he throws things, as mentioned above. I was almost hit by a branch tossed aside during a fit of screams. Abby from Sound On The Sound and I helped Redding back onto the stage after he ran through the crowd and we both had cameras in our hands. Itâ€™s inevitable.
4. Know the material (this is not madatory, of course; I just added it because I needed one more item). Like most bands, theyâ€™re best when you know the material inside and out. But, this is one band that you can go see knowing nothing of the group and still come out thinking youâ€™ve witnessed a damn great show.
He ran through a few new ones but also hit my favorites off last yearâ€™s self-titled release, â€œYour Movementâ€ and â€œEmergencyâ€ being the ones I hoped to hear. Below is “Your Movement” from that release.
The Shackeltons: Your Movement [mp3]
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Click the image below to see more photos from the event; all photos by Fense.