Yeah, whatever did happen to The Pale Fountains?

Well, don’t know about the rest of them, but brothers Mick and John Head, responsible for most (all!) of the songs, have resurfaced with a new name, a new company and a fairly familiar sound.

Shack is the moniker to look out for, the line-up being completed by Justin Smith, Mick Hurst and Dave Butcher. Shack already have a debut album Zilch in the pipeline which, as we say, won’t come as too much of a shock to old Pale Fountains’ fans. It’s full of majestic pop which strolls along on the back of tasteful acoustic strumming and Michael’s distinctive vocals.

The boys are also supporting the Fall on their upcoming tour and Index can’t think of a more attractive double-bill for some time. Come on fall types, do yourselves a favour, keep out of the bar and check out Shack!


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Zilch (1988)
1. Emergency (listen)
2. Someone’s Knocking (listen)
3. John Kline (listen)
4. I Need You (listen)
5. Realization (listen)
6. High Rise Low Life (listen)
7. Who Killed Clayton Square? (listen)
8. Who’d Believe It? (listen)
9. What’s It Like… (listen)
10. The Believers (listen)