Record Reviews

Review: 22-20s Shake/Shiver/Moan

Amy Dupcak :: Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 4:15 pm

TBD Records

The British band 22-20s have deep roots in the blues, originally performing as a blues cover band before writing their own material.

They broke up in 2006 and then reformed two years later, now offering Shake/Shiver/Moan on TBD Records. The album is still dripping with the blues, but the opener “Heart on a String” also screams old-school punk with a gritty pop nature.

Everything about “Bitter Pills,” from the vocals to the drum beat, sounds drunk and weary, like a traveling musician hopping freight trains. And with songs like the title track, bearing a Doors meets Yardbirds demeanor, it’s hard to believe this album wasn’t recorded decades ago, and released only on vinyl.