“I don’t believe in a lot of things that I used to believe in, but that doesn’t mean I don’t believe in anything. As with all of us, I may well have become an accomplice in my own annihilation, but I still believe in music and I definitely believe in Shaking Chains.” – Austin Collings, Mark E. Smith biographer.
Taking their name from ‘The Masque of Anarchy’, an 19th Century’s poem by P.B Shelley portraying his disgust with the Peterloo Massacre during the author’s exile, Manchester’s Shaking Chains have been making music together in one form or another since their school days. With their debut singles’ official release looming, the quartet recently put its two tracks up online and excitement is building.
On ‘Midnight Oil’ you get the sense of being pulled out of a slumber; an attention grabber from the off with its thrilling, heart-pumping drive and vocal liable to crack at any minute should the verses go much further. Flipped over and that same vocal sits more sullen on ‘Drunk No More’, strained and almost Bowie-like during the glittering chorus.
Have a listen to both sides below and get your arse to one of their upcoming shows in the North or South this March.