1. My Disco Blood
2. I Know Kung Fu
SHITDISCO are a British band from Glasgow, Scotland. They were formed in 2003 while studying at the Glasgow School of Art. They describe themselves as "disco-house/punk" although they have been closely tied to the New Rave movement alongside bands such as Klaxons. Their first single "Disco Blood/I Know Kung Fu" was released in December 2005 and was followed almost a year later by "Reactor Party." They release their long awaited debut album "Kingdom of Fear" on the 16th April 2007 on Fierce Panda records.
Until they were evicted in spring 2006, the band held free parties in a large delapadated house on Glasgow's West Princes Street, known locally as '61.' They have attracted a reputation for organising and playing free parties and raves in peculiar places; including squats, streets, abandoned railway tunnels and club toilets.
The group have been compared to Talking Heads and The Rapture, but admit influences ranging from Donna Summer and Arthur Russell to Gang of Four and The Clash.
Ok, let’s be frank, Kingdom Of Fear isn’t pretending to be anything too deep. Tracks like “72 Virgins”, “3D Sex Show” and “Disco Blood” might not be for little Billy down the street, but once you get past the group’s crass sense of humor, there is plenty to love. The whirring electronics and frantic drumming of “Dream of Infinity” could have those with Mohawks dancing right along those with bowl cuts (I miss mine). The insanely catchy chorus and rock guitars of “I Know Kung Fu” might be simple, but the handclaps almost cause an overdose of good times. Shitdisco definitely have the art of mixing punk with electronics down to a science. No, not the type of science with math and chemicals and stuff. I’m talking the type that explains why gorgeous girls always end up with a Burt Reynolds look-alike. In any event, Kingdom Of Fear further blurs the line between chemistry and hallucination, and that’s refreshing.
Within seconds of pressing play you can tell that their debut album, 'Kingdom Of Fear', is an attractive proposition. The ten songs on offer incorporate Punk Rock, Disco, Electronica and Pop to great effect and, for the most part, they all benefit from the studio treatment, though there are occasional moments where the 'dragged through a hedge backwards' noise of their live show comes through.
The opening two tracks, 'I Know Kung Fu' and 'Reactor Party', are very fine introductions. Both have similar backing tracks, so similar that they could almost be interchangeable. The drums rumble and bass thunders under manic vocals to give us two party anthems that will have the you bouncing well into next year. 'Disco Blood' is slightly less frantic, but no less danceable, featuring the cowbell so loved by their headliners in Glasgow and another great rhythm section which, for the record, is consistently the best thing on the album.
'Lover Of Others' and 'Another' would have been hit singles in the days before downloading and Satan Cowell killed the charts and 'Fear of The Future' closes the album in suitably blissed out fashion, leaving you almost shell shocked from the rabid pace of the previous 37 minutes. This album is as good as it is manic and it is very manic. Like The Klaxon's, Shitdisco have created one of the defining albums of our era.