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5/22/2005
Mae Abilene, Come on Down..

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Blood on the Wall - Mae Abilene
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Blood on the Wall is a trio comprised of brother and sister guitarists Brad Shanks and Courtney Shanks with drummer Miggy Littleton of ethereal but oft-maligned White Magic. Mae Abilene is an anthemic blast of jangly guitars and colourful hooks, one of the biggest rockouts on their debut album of last year. Mae Abilene is a vocal group effort whereas other bits of the album have Courtney playing the sexpot chanteuse to glorious effect. During the quieter moments I can only picture some morose downstairs neighbors of their rehearsal space pounding on the ceiling with a broomstick as Blood on the Wall launches into this scruffy aural equivalent of an indie beer binge.