Riot-grrrl furor, arena bombast and klezmer stomp. From its explosive, opening violin line, The Garden demands your full attention with a rhetorical challenge that makes you want to hold your head a little higher: “Who told you to give up on the garden?” Loss, recovery, survival, and hope take center stage in the title track, and then wind their way through all 11 songs in this defiant collection. Thematically grandiose? A bit. But disarmingly genuine at the same time, as is the hallmark of this band that has honed an uncanny ability to write inspirational anthems with a sense of humor that keeps them believable. Indie rock irony is finally dead and The Shondes offer a potent
alternative. Rousing and raucous, sincere and spirited, this is what happens when the legacies of Bikini Kill and Bruce Springsteen join forces in Brooklyn’s hardest-working band.
Out on Exotic Fever Records from Phladelphia: http://www.exoticfever.com/