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Shellsuit, Dublin Castle, Camden

Shellsuit, Dublin Castle, Camden

Promising Scouse rockers with a conscience take their message south

'How much do you charge for a piece of your own soul?' The Shellsuit manifesto explained

During the 1980s, a major artistic response to the Conservative government came in the form of a sustained surge in music that was, on some level at least, politically engaged. Not necessarily in the classic agitprop manner either. For every band of Red Wedge-compliant rabblerousers, there'd be another act insisting that "the personal is political", as they made domestic power struggles or everyday banalities their preferred songwriting topic. With a Tory government once more, pursuing an aggressive programme that possesses uncomfortable echoes of the Thatcher era, emerging Liverpool quartet Shellsuit provide an early indication that this wheel may have turned full circle.

The enigmatic Farquhar rattled off a couple of cryptic verses juxtaposing the Irish potato famine with the audition process for The X Factor

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