Friday, December 02, 2022

The Shang Hi Los - "Takes One To Know One"

When we last checked in on The Shang Hi Los, they had just released "Billy," the second teaser for their highly anticipated forthcoming debut album. Originally projected for a 2022 release, Aces Eights & Heartbreaks now has a release date of January 20th — making it the first of many albums I'm excited to hear in 2023. Pre-orders are now live on Rum Bar Records' Bandcamp, and a third single has been released for the occasion. "Takes One To Know One" will actually be the album's leadoff track, and it's another surefire smash from this Boston-based all-star rock and roll band. With Jen D'Angora and Dan Kopko writing and singing songs together, you can certainly expect a debut album inspired by a myriad of musical styles. So far, we've heard elements of everything from glam rock to new wave to garage rock to punk to indie rock to power pop to classic rock and much more running through the songs of The Shang Hi Los. And yet the band's true signature is the way its two songwriters combine their contrasting styles in perfect chemistry with drummer Chuck Ferreira and bassist Lee Harrington. I'm not quite sure how to describe "Takes One To Know One" other than it's awesome and sounds like The Shang Hi Los. It's fun, catchy, and will totally rock your socks off  — exactly the way you want to kick off an album! Joan Hathaway directed a wild and absolutely brilliant music video for the song which you can check out below. Aces Eights & Heartbreaks is going to be a blockbuster. Finally I have a reason to be excited about January!

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