SHUTDOWN 66 “WELCOME TO DUMPSVILLE”
Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Shutdown 66 draws inspiration from–and well-earned comparisons to–fellow Oz rockers the Missing Links, as well as trash-god maestros the Pretty Things and a whole slough of ’60s garage and British R&B icons.
Welcome to Dumpsville is their fabulous debut album. Originally released as a limited edition LP on Corduroy Records in 1998, this essential album is available once again–on 12″ vinyl and CD–courtesy of Get Hip Recordings. Filled with killer original songs like “Shutdown 66” and the rollicking title track, Welcome to Dumpsville kicks with a ’60s rock ‘n’ roll feel thick with intoxicating rhythms, harps, maracas, and raw guitars–all that good stuff garage fans love!
The Shutdown 66 story is like every young wannabe rock god’s fairytale. Singer Nick Shutdown describes the band’s unificaation: “We formed a couple of years ago one night after a Breadmakers recording session. I just tried singing a song and the band sorta fell in behind me, and we made up our signature tune “Shutdown 66″ on the spot and recorded it then and there and put it out on a 7-inch. To our amazement, people actually like the 7-inch, and we started getting really good reviews in fanzines, etcetera, mainly from overseas.” The band caught the attention of a British promoter (who Nick describes as producing “wild three-day rock n’ roll shows”), and the band was whisked away to sunny Las Vegas, Nevada.
The rest, as they say, is history.