Laura Dvorak 5:47 p.m., Dec. 6
1 - Una Mujer Por Quien Matar (“A Girl to Kill For” instrumental early mix with live lead guitar)
2 - Desde Ayer (FM 94.9 Radio Session)
3 - Sin Ti (Acoustic Demo)
4 - Un Poco Mejor (Demo)
5 - Nadie Te Quiere (Alternate Mix)
6 - Sympathy (Demo)
7 - Problems of Her Own (Acoustic Demo)
8 - Paris Yesterday (The Paul Weller Song) (Demo)
9 - What You Mean To Me (Acoustic Demo)
10 - More Than This (original mix)
11 - Mission: To Mars* - All Sorts
12 - The Andrew Beacock Congregation– Give Me One More Sign
13 - The Rarities – Happy Birthday
14 - The Spring Collection – I Thought That You’d Miss Me
The album takes advantage of the bands prolific nature and collects fourteen tracks from a wide variety of studio sources. Geared to both die-hard fans and casual listeners, it includes a number of outtakes from side projects, alternate mixes, demos -and more.
Emerging from the power-pop explosion of the early nineties, The Shambles continue to create music that touches on their Mod and sixties pop roots, adding seventies AM radio, Spanish rock and a dash of jangle to the mix. The band has toured extensively in England, Spain, Mexico and the U.S., releasing music in those countries as well as Canada, Sweden, Japan, Germany and Denmark.
The album tops a hectic year for The Shambles. The past twelve months have seen the band featured on the cover of music magazine, The Troubadour, as well as the release of an all covers album, 20 Explosive Hits, the taping of jingles for Mod Radio UK and numerous concert, radio and TV appearances.
This album covers a lot of ground. From uptempo rockers (“More Than This”) to solo acoustic demos (“What You Mean To Me”), these tunes flow together, working as a cohesive album, despite being from a dozen different sessions. It’s the sure mark of solid songwriting, heavy on the melody, energy and hooks.
Long time collectors will be particularly interested in three vintage tracks culled from as many unreleased albums recorded by band side projects: Mission: To Mars, The Rarities and The Andrew Beacock Congregation. Other points of interest: Four of the songs are sung in Spanish. Meanwhile, collectors of rock ‘n’ roll ephemera will welcome the non-musical hidden tracks.
A number of different producers work is included on Desde Ayer, including Alan Sanderson (The Rolling Stones/Weezer), Gregory Page (The Rugburns, Jason Mraz) and Jason Hee (Buzzkill Romantics, Billy Midnight) with the compilation itself and post production work by Bart Mendoza and frequent collaborator/ Shamble emeritus Mike Kamoo (The Stereotypes/Lights On). Various line ups of the band and a few friends contribute to the proceedings, including Victor Penalosa (The Quarter After/The Fuzztones), Mark DeCerbo (Four Eyes/Rockola), Dylan Martinez (Rookie Card/Static Halo), David Lizerbram (Kite Flying Society) and Danny Cress (The Coyote Problem).