Donate Now to Support KDHX

Listen Live
Tuesday, 10 May 2011 08:00

Charting the Music: Shilpa Ray and her Happy Hookers, 'Teenage and Torture'

Charting the Music: Shilpa Ray and her Happy Hookers, 'Teenage and Torture' knittingfactoryrecords.com
Written by Joshua Edwards
Rate this item
(0 votes)

Shilpa Ray and her Happy Hookers' Teenage and Torture unleashes all of the angst and tortured thoughts of the teenage years with a musical prowess developed in adulthood.

The almost-frightening cover art depicts a rock 'n' roll demon being violently unleashed. I can think of fewer, more accurate ways of summing up this album's essence visually. Shilpa screams (literally yelling at times) attitude in her vocal delivery. The themes throughout are somewhat autobiographical and always sincere.

This album is not without its share of stellar instrumentation. It features heavy doses of droning harmonium, played by Shilpa, which fill the sonic spaces in many tracks. Shimmering organ sounds partner with fuzzed-out bass and guitars to deliver an instrumental in-your-face approach on par with the vocal delivery.

Songs like "Liquidation Sale" hearken back to yesterday's hard rock legends. Conversely, "Genie's Drugs" is mellow enough to disguise itself as a slow-dance number. My personal favorite would have to be the upbeat "Erotolepsy." It's this type of variety throughout Teenage and Torture that keeps the listener engaged and begging for more.

Written by Joshua Edwards, Music Department

On the KDHX Charts: #5 CMJ Top 30 for May 3, 2011.

This album can be heard on: The Mixtape, the Space Parlour and Mystery Train.

Even more: Don't miss the Live at KDHX session with Shilpa Ray and her Happy Hookers, recorded April 27, 2011.

Upcoming Concerts

Sponsor Message

Become a Sponsor

Find KDHX Online

KDHX on Instagram
KDHX on YouTube
KDHX on SoundCloud
KDHX on Facebook
KDHX on Twitter
KDHX on flickr

88.1 KDHX Shows

m-crowd.jpg

KDHX Recommends

February
Sunday
01

Discovery Series

The Discovery Series, a 10-event series spanning February to June, 2015, will not only bring you new music, but also music-focused interactive sessions that take a look at how music plays a role in our society. Each month the...


February
Monday
02

Fringe Third Annual Quick Draw - Artist networking and lottery drawing

This event marks the final step of the selection process for shows in the 2015 St. Lou Fringe Festival … but more importantly, it is a one-of-a-kind inside look at the city’s bravest, most creative performing passion...


February
Friday
06

Leo Kottke

KDHX welcomes Leo Kottke to The Sheldon on Friday, February 6th at 8 PM. Folk guitarist Leo Kottke is known for his innovative 12-string technique, and intimate performance style.


Get Answers!

If you have questions or need to contact KDHX, visit our answers portal at answers.kdhx.org.

Online Users

10 users and 9411 guests online
Sign in with Facebook

SYSTEM: S5 Box

Login/My Account

Sign in with Facebook