Shrine, The - Bless Off 12"
Recorded on reel-to-reel tape using vintage gear and colossal Marshall stacks, Bless Off is a record that attacks with buzzing riffs, blazing hooks and a bruising, mega-amplified punch. The album features 11 tracks of quintessential riff rock channeling hazy hesher glories including a song ("The Duke") with lyrics penned by Chuck Dukowski in 1983 originally intended for an unreleased Black Flag song. The cover art to Bless Off features THE SHRINE's ever-present wolf mascot and is an homage to legendary skate punk and gig flyer artist Ric Clayton (Suicidal Tendencies) and Dogtown Skateboards.
Undoubtedly one of America's hottest underground bands, THE SHRINE plays loud, heavy rock 'n' roll fueled by cheap beer and bad acid that combines the hook-laden appeal of '70's garage rock and gritty '80's hardcore with a skate punk energy and attitude resulting in a sound the trio describes as "psychedelic violence".