With the band performing dates in Aotearoa and across the ditch, Straitjacket Fits has announced the rerelease of seminal album Melt.
A bit of background: It’s 1990 and the Straitjacket Fits are well on their way to conquering the world. The band of Shayne Carter, Andrew Brough, John Collie and David Wood are at peak songwriting and on performance fire. Some say they are the best band in the world. Flying Nun Records in New Zealand knows it and Arista Records agree and sign them for the rest of it.
Melt is an album full of NZ rock gems. Carter’s ‘Bad Note for a Heart”, “Headwind”, “A.P.S”, “Roller Ride” and “Cast Stone” are all abstract guitar rock greats while Andrew Brough’s sparkling contributions, “Down in Splendour” and “Hand in Mine”, offer another perspective on another scale. These polished pieces are complete in themselves as high pop art and balance and contrast to the monumental crush of Carter's work.
Straitjackets Fits were a band at it’s very best on this album, Melt. The interplay between Carter and Brough is seductive and key to the creative success of the album. Throughout, the rhythm section of Collie and Wood hold it all together. Melt is the work of a band at its collective creative height.
Reissued for the first time, Melt will be available on Vinyl LP and CD.