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This Swedish duo's latest album picks up where its last, Stereoactivity, left off. The band still leans heavily on 70s progressive rock, blues rock and psychedelia, but integrates its favorite styles even more seamlessly than before. The pair's instrumental chops have gotten sharper, as has its 
ability to fashion memorable melodies out of old parts—see the 20-minute epic "Gamblers Award," in which interest never flags. Pretty damned 
impressive. 

Michael Toland
Editor-in-Chief
www.highbias.com

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Den här gruppen verkar gilla långa saker, nja inte så som ni tror nu. Långt namn på gruppen, långt  namn på skivan och långa låtar, den kortaste på skivan är 5.11 och den längsta klockar in på 20.03. Visst skulle man kunna göra det lätt för sig och säga att de är en kopia av Soundtrack of our lives men så är det inte även om det finns många drag av den gruppen i TSBE:s musik. Men jag tycker mig höra ett ljud som Beatles hade på sina inspelningar i några av låtarna. Men vad jag slås av och imponeras av är det psykedeliska soundet som 
finns i deras låtar hela tiden, fantastiskt bra. De är bara två i gruppen men de låter som om de var ett tiotal för det är mycket ljud som kommer ut ur mina högtalare. Kolla in för fan….(SJU) 2/3-05
SKRUTT
http://web.telia.com/~u31700523/skruttmain.htm

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Dalla durata del dischetto (settanta minuti) mi aspettavo di essere di fronte ad un esordio discografico in piena regola, poi vado a leggere meglio e vedo che si tratta di un demo! A partire da questa stranezza di fondo (combinata con il fatto che il disco è uscito il 31 dicembre del 2001…) devo ammettere che questo “Stereoactivity”, opera prima del duo svedese The Shepherds Bush Enjoyment, mi ha convinto positivamente: Sebastian F. Sorrow (nome del protagonista dell’opera acid rock dei Pretty Things, chiaro tributo alle sonorità di quell’epoca…), voce, basso e flauto, e Fredrik Findahl, chitarre, tastiere, backing vocals, percussioni e batteria (nota dolente perché freddamente elettronica…), hanno saputo ricreare una sorta di viaggio lisergico che percorre tutte le tappe del rock: dalla psichedelia classica alla Hendrix, Doors e primi Pink Floyd, verso lidi space rock cari a Hawkwind e Ash Ra Temple, passando per sterzate hard debitrici nei confronti di Led Zeppelin e Sir Lord Baltimore. L’iniziale “The time bandits” mette in chiaro l’impasto che ci aspetta: rifrazioni astrali introducono una cavalcata acidamente cosmica, con un chorus psichedelico molto sixties, alla Love per intenderci (anche se penso molto alle musiche di “Jesus Christ Superstar”, discorso ripreso poi dagli ultimi Kula Shaker…), e un tappeto di hammond caldo come il sole d’agosto, preludio per il finale progressivo molto chitarristico, in odore di Yes…un basso soffuso e suoni integalattici preludono all’esplosione della sei corde di “Blues in technicolor”, episodio heavy psichedelico granitico interrotto solo da stacchi melliflui di stampo pinkfloydiano e dal finale oscuro di marca Iron Butterfly. Ma la vetta creativa si raggiungo solo dopo, grazie ai dieci minuti di “Abstract destract”: l’incipit di organo prosegue la scia dark lasciata in eredità dalla song precedente e la sviluppa su territori space psycho progressive, con tanto di chitarra satura di wah-wah, piano fender e vocalizzi alla Doors (sembra di ascoltare una nuova “When the music’s over”…), disarmanti armonie e riferimenti smaccatamente genesisiani. Il mondo delle macchine e suggestioni nucleari (richiamate anche dalle immagini della copertina) aprono “Cry all the way to the bank”, miscela di melodie sviluppate a partire da David Bowie e portate a compimento nelle affascinanti cesellature di piano, ficcanti ed elaborate, mentre si respira un’aria campestre, tipica del folk gaelico, in “Lake acid”, divertissement bucolico che fa subito pensare alle chitarre acustiche e alle percussioni (arricchite in questo caso anche dal flauto) che tanto attraevano Jimmy Page e compagni all’inizio degli anni 70 (il riferimento è ovviamente Led Zeppelin III…). La successiva “Do androids dream of electric sheep?” (titolo ispirato allo storico romanzo di Philip Dick da cui è tratto il colossale capolavoro di Ridley Scott “Blade Runner”) è una vera e propria avventura fantascientifico-cibernetica, imbevuta di infiltrazioni hard, aperture ariose e allucinazioni mesmeriche dal sapore postmoderno (ottima la tenebrosa la voce “metallica” di Sebastian…), le stesse che prendono corpo in “Michael was here”, altro tributo ad un grande genio visionario come John Carpenter (nello specifico al suo “Halloween”), in una cupa versione delle musiche del film stesso. A seguire “Gamblers award” dona lo smacco conclusivo: sedici minuti intricati, più vicini al progressive che altrove, introdotti da un piano liquido che lascia libero campo prima a chitarre mastodontiche, poi a vocals suadenti e romantiche in stile Jon Anderson, seguite da compiacenti cambi di tempo, assoli travolgenti, pause riflessive, variazioni cromatiche che si coagulano in partiture di moog da brivido e dissonanze prese in prestito direttamente dai Pink Floyd. Poste in chiusura ci sono infine due bonus tracks: si tratta di due cover, impostate in chiave opposta rispetto alle originali, la prima è “Sorry angel”, rifacimento di un brano dello chansonnier Serge Gainsbourg, reso elettrico e “alcolico” a dovere, la seconda è una versione decisamente alternativa della motorheadiana “Ace of spades” (con una piacevole aggiunta: l’intro di chitarra di “Roundabout” degli Yes…), che a dispetto della matrice metal della song viene interpretata in acustico, versante ignoto per la band del mitico Lemmy…scelte strane, senza dubbio, ma che servono a riconfermare l’ottima proposta di un gruppo senza gabbie mentali, capace di dire la propria in un genere di difficile assimilazione nel campo musicale odierno. Consigliatissimo per chi dovesse trovarsi alle prese con un acid test in qualche strano laboratorio…

http://www.noizeitalia.com

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Hi!
I listened to some Shepherds Bush Enjoyment mp3s from your website and Iwas really blown away! The music is brilliant and I think It's a shame that you don't have a record deal.

Matti Karhu,
Finland

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4/5

http://www.familyofsounds.net

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Det här är skitbra, gubbajävlar! 
Ja, osså ska man komma på en genre som passar dom så att ni vet vad det är för musik det talas om. Då skulle jag vilja kalla det här för heavy-psyk-acid-rock med pop-influenser. Det är mycket Pink Floyd över det här, men även band som Led Zeppelin, Blue Öyster Cult, The Doorsoch andra gamla 60' och 70'tals band och en del folk-influenser. Låtarna byggs upp efter hand. Dom börjar med ett eller två instrument och sedan lägger dom på mer och
mer. Allteftersom dom byggs upp börjar det någonstans i bakgrunden att avta. Tydligen kommer namnet från något som Pete Townshend hade sagt någon gång. Det är två killar som gör det här och det är helt klart godkänt. Skitbra! Det var ett rent nöje att lyssna på det här. Underbart bra skiva med mycket "heart and soul". På den här skivan har dom gjort några tolkningar av andras låtar. En av dom är  Ace of spades med Motörhead, som låter som nån Tom Waits-låt. Rätt coolt faktiskt. Vill också notera att dom letar efter en trummis och en keyboardspelare. En mycket bra skiva . Dom som tror sig gilla det här borde verkligen kontakta gubbarna och köpa ett ex.

/Dölly
Mustafa zine #3
www.mustafazine.com

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Tjenare!
Jag kände bara att jag måste skriva ett par rader till er och försöka förklara hur mycket jag älskar er musik. 
DET HÄR ÄR TAMEJFAN DET BÄSTA JAG HAR HÖRT I HELA MITT LIV!!!!!!
Låtarna är så äckligt välproducerade att man har svårt att förstå att det är gjort hemma på Cubase och inte i en proffisionell studio. Alla instrument (från små, nästan omärkbara effekter till feta overdrivade gitarrer) ligger perfekt.

Man kan lyssna på skivan precis hur många gånger som helst utan att tröttna. Dessutom måste jag berömma texterna (många verkar ha missat dem enligt reviews;en på hemsidan). Så fruktansvärt bra........

Lycka till !

PS. Tilläggas bör också att jag inte alls är nåt stort fan av Pink Floyd eller de andra banden ni hela tiden verkar bli jämförda med. Men er musik krossar allt.

/Jonnie Hedkvist

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This is two young (?!) musicians who makes music inspired by late 60's, early 70's bands like The Who, The Doors, Uriah Heep, Deep Purple, Stones, Pretty Things, Led Zeppelin, Lou Reed, Hawkwind and many more, the 70's progressive stuff for example. Their  weird name (The Shepherds Bush Enjoyment) comes from something Pete Townshend once said. Is this music that only imitates the music from that blessed period. No! Their compositions are rich , the breaks are many,the feeling is there and it's really not far from the 70's progressive stuff. The songs are original but at the same time near the roots. The album begins with a long and loud organ-chord and then the drums begins, followed by big guitar-chords. A big soulful sound. The thoughts of Hawkwind are not far away. The song "Abstract Destract" takes us to Pink Floyds Pompeii, an arena haunted by ghosts. A bit of Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison is there too. "Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep" comes from the same Pink Floydish Ummagumma-place, but this time with insperaiton from King Crimsons "Red". The acoustic atmosphere comes with two compositions. "Lake Acid" presents a beautiful dialogue between acoustic guitar, tablas and a background flute. And then there is the acoustic bonustrack which is a coverversion of Motorheads "Ace Of  Spades" with the intro from Yes "Roundabout". The coverversion of Serge Gainsbourgs "Sorry Angel" is another bonus track. The album is self-produced (very well too, I must add). If you are  a producer/owner of a record company, check this out. It's worth it!

This is a translation of the french (!?!) review by Dominique Genin from the Belgian prog-magazine Prog-Resiste.
http://www.progresiste.com/

Keep in mind that the translation was a major pain in the backside, so to speak. This is also not the whole review (too much fluff in the beginning). For the original french review, check this out:
Prog-Resiste Review (Instead of giving us a hard time for not understanding bloody french! You've heard the Serge Gainsbourg-cover!)

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King Crimson, Jethro Tull...The Shepherds Bush Enjoyment touches classic rock and progressive styles in a unique way with tons of sounds coming at you from all angles. It`s psychedelic, thick with chords and slamming keyboards.

If you are into everything from Deep Purple to Led Zeppelin to the Electric Prunes...Moody Blues, Blue Oyster Cult...Alice Cooper...then this is the record for you. The keyboard parts and one time changes keep it interesting and the super tight musicianship. They don`t just go for that 70`s retro sound either...they really mix it up and have some pretty decent changes. Obviously hugely classic rock influenced, but it`s not just that.

Check it out if you are looking for something along the lines of Bangtwister...it`s got a little of everything that is from the best era of rock. Just keep in mind the songs are longer than average, and take time to soak in.

Rob Wrong (StonerRock.com)
http://www.stonerrock.com

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Stereoactivity
(The Shepherds Bush Enjoyment)
A two-man rock act from Sweden, The Shepherds Bush Enjoyment visits the early 70s for inspiration, fusing elements of prog, psychedelia and bluesy hard rock into a cohesive whole on its debut album Stereoactivity. Bassist/flautist Sebastian F. Sorrow (gee, think that's a pseudonym?) and multi-instrumentalist Fredrik Findahl use their encyclopedic knowledge of 30-year-old rock music to create something new in an old style. Despite the use of familiar elements-phased vocals, distorted Hammond organ, lyrics derived from science fiction and psychology—there's nothing stale on this record; Findahl and Sorrow always make the songs sound fresh. Opener "The Time Bandits" and the epic "Abstract Destract" sound old school, but the classrooms have young teachers. "Lake Acid" and "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" add a Middle Eastern influence, with Eastern scales and tables accenting the psychedelic prog melodies. The closing "Gamblers Award" lasts for over 16 minutes of molten guitar, shifting time signatures and dreamy tuneage, yet never gets boring. The bonus tracks are a mixed blessing; the covers of Serge Gainsbourg's "Sorry Angel" and Motörhead's "Ace of Spades" (as a menacing acoustic folk song, with an intro lifted from Yes' "Roundabout") show imagination and diverse influence, but sound like another band entirely. But that's a minor quibble. Sweden has been a particularly fertile field for growing new music lately; The Shepherds Bush Enjoyment add another bright blossom. 

Michael Toland
http://www.highbias.com/

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Hi Fredrik,

Want to let you know that I received your disc in the  mail.Thanks! It's really good - great acid rock with a  nod to 60's psych classics. I will be adding songs to  the Weirdsville! webradio playlists today and be linking to your website.
Best regards,
erik amlee

Weirdsville! WebRadio: http://www.weirdsville.com
Mandragora Records:
http://www.mandragora.com  
PO Box 936  Northampton, MA 01061 USA          

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This Swedish duo released their first self-financed full-length album at New Years Eve 2001/2002. You can notice progressive and psychedelic influences in their music. The first track, "The Time Bandits" reminds me of DarXtar with its pounding rock and Hammonds. At times I hear some The Soundtrack Of Our Lives. The Shepherds Bush Enjoyment is more progressive than their fellow countrymen, though. Some of the songs have a lot of interesting, different parts. This is still retro rock.

Other clear influences are The Doors (listen to "Abstract Destract"!) Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Deep Purple, Gentle Giant (especially the vocal parts) etc. The beginning of "Gamblers Award" even sounds very much like Finnish Circle! "Lake Acid" is a nice acoustic folk instrumental: only the sitar is missing… As a total Philip K. Dick freak I just have to mention the heavy "Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?" as well. There are a couple of covers as bonus tracks. The more interesting of these is an acoustic version of Motörhead’s "Ace Of Spades"… And they even stole a part of Yes as an intro!? Stereoactivity is a very interesting album, and it has been spinning in my CD player quite a lot. The songs are diverse, playing is good, and you won’t get bored very soon. There are a lot of slower, heavier parts,  lighter prog bits and everything in between. There are  rather long tracks on this album, the longest being  16.05. If I really try to figure out some improvements,  I think that sometimes they might concentrate a bit  more on arranging the songs to make them more solid.  The guitar, synth and flute solos might also be more intensive. I think they could use another singer (female?), and maybe a couple of other new members as well. I’m really looking forward for their next release that should be out during the summer. More info and MP3’s can be found at:
http://w1.223.telia.com/~u22306043/.

DarkSanttu
http://hop.to/darksun

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It was a great record. See my review at:
www.aural-innovations.com  (issue 19-latest).
Thanks for the material. A very cool psych CD.

Scott

This is a two person project by two Swedish men named Fredrik Findahl and Sebastian F. Sorrow. This ten track CD is real mixture of stuff, from Space and psychedelic rock with a real 60s influence to more acoustic rock numbers. The Time Bandits is a organ driven hard rocking song with some great psychedelic rock elements. Blues in Technicolor is a raw 60's style hard rock number, which goes off into psychedelic rock once again. Abstract Destract flows out of the end of the previous song and is an excellent Doors inspired song. I was very impressed with these numbers but then the band seem to try out a kind of commercial rock song, Cry All The Way To The Bank. I really didn't care for it. Lake Acid is a very nice acoustic and tabla drum number. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep is a great long Pink Floyd inspired space rock number with some nice floating sections. Gamblers Award is another long track with an end section highly inspired by One of These Days by Pink Floyd with the slide guitar. A very promising new recording outfit. The CD has two bonus tracks (Sorry Angel and Ace of Spades) which were clearly band experiments and didn't really fit with the concept and energy of the regular CD. The Acoustic version of Ace of Spades by Motorhead is quite special.

From Aural Innovations #19 (April 2002)
www.aural-innovations.com

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The Shepherds Bush Enjoyment are two swedish lads who are doing it all themselves; all from the songwriting (most of the songs except some covers), performance, singing, producing to the making of  the CD cover design. The music is quite heavy, sometimes lurking in Deep Purple-country,  with energetic organs, guitars and with a very up-in-the-face-kind-of sound that amplifies the intensity of the music.

In the song "Abstract Destract" they sound like The Doors, both in composition and performance. Halfway through the song they make a turn into heavy 70's progressive music and then in the endof the song they return to the 60's again.The song"Cry All The
Way To The Bank" is alomst in britpop-mood, while "Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep" sometimes sound like something from Ummagumma (Pink Floyd) or Red (King Crimson).

Tarkus Magazine.
http://www.tarkus.org/
(The original review is in norweigan and this is a translation
attempt made by The Shepherds.
For the whole norwegian
review, buy Tarkus magazine 20.)

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Ett mycket talangfullt band med starka låtar som drar åt både progressive och psychedelia. I Sverige är det dåligt med psyche band, fåtal är välkända. Det mest kända är The Soundtrack Of Our Lives har satt sina spår i The Sheperds Bush Enjoyment det hörs. Även gammal klassisk progressive rock som Yes och King Crimson kan man höra har gjort inslagskraft i The Shepards Bush Enjoymentskapande.Melodierna sitter klockrent, och musiken träffar som en välriktad kula i bröstkorgen. För det är trots där allt kommer ifrån, hjärtat, kärleken till musiken. Och det hörs att The Shepards Bush Enjoyment älskar att spela musik. Synd att man inte har ett skivbolag, då skulle jag signa detta band direkt.

Nisse
Stonerplanet.com
http://www.stonerplanet.com/

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Tjena!
Jag var inne på demoteket.nu och lyssnade på era låtar, och jag måste säga att jag är djupt imponerad.  Jag brukar själv inte gilla att bli jämförd med andra band, men jag tror nog inte ni tar illa upp om jag säger att Do Androids... är i klass med The Wall.
Jonatan Crafoord
http://crafoord.borgarbracka.com/ (mitt band)
http://crafoord.borgarbracka.com/jonatan/ (jag själv)

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Hi Fredrik!!!
Thanx for your beautiful cd, it's really wonderful, I've heard the strangebut marvellous "Ace" cover (with "roundabout" intro, wow!!!) and the first and second tracks, wow! It reminds me acid California, Pink Floyd and Purple in acid, Hawkwind, very beautiful and creative!!! I didn't know it's a demo, I thought was an album...it's very good!!!

Donato, Italy
Progmagazine
http://utenti.tripod.it/clickman70/progmagazine.htm

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Hej!

Thanks for sending us your material. It was a very cool CD. I really liked some of the stuff a lot.

Scott, Burnt Hippie
http://www.burnthippie.dk/

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Denna grupp skrev in på min gästbok och på detta sätt upptäckte jag gruppen. Ganska trevlig psykedelisk musik med 60-talsstil. Jag tänker i och för sig på ett poppigare Kinks i Cry all the way to the bank. Men annars är det nog det lite mer psykedeliska de är inne på. Union
Carbide(tidiga) är ett av de band som man kan relatera till också. De kör en bonus låt i och med Motörheads Ace of Spades som de gör riktigt bra.


http://www.surf.to/skrutt
SKRUTT

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Hej Fredrik!

Tack för plattan! Vi har lyssnat igenom den och tycker den är mycket bra. Redaktör Grundberg blev speciellt förtjust i alla King Crimson-influenser. Hoppas det lyckas för er! Musiken kanske är lite smal, men det borde finnas tillräckligt många musikintresserade, som kan ta till sig detta, tycker man.

Hälsningar
gunnar e
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Gunnar E Olsson
chefred/ed-in-chief MM
MusikerMagasinet

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Hi! Quick note to let you know that I *finally* received the CD. thanks for sending it. I dig the sounds- some nice psych tracks w/ a prog influence. Really like Time Bandits, Do Androids Dream..., & Gamblers Award. I'll  definitely feature tracks on upcoming shows.

Regards,
Arnie

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I got a chance to listen to your mp3s and they are cool. Feel free to send us a copy of your CD.

Mandragora Records:
http://www.mandragora.com
http://www.psychedelicnoise.com

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