This E.P. contains "Señora" the first single from the upcoming SHU-SHO release "FATCAMP". Plus, a couple of B-Sides and 5 Remixes.
In 1989 (although unofficially in 87), Blanco and Jaswho, a couple of misfits who went to the same high school (but didn't really know each other) ran into each other on South Whitney St. in Hartford, CT's West End, not knowing they lived a block away from each other. They talked music (Prince and Black Sabbath) and movies (mainly The Idolmaker) and agreed to meet the next day at Jaswho's house where they recorded the song "Saturday night" using "the boombox technique" (two boomboxes, one playing - the other recording, repeating this over and over until the 90 min Maxell tape couldn't take any more). The guys weren't sure they had anything until Jaswho's cousin John Cornelius (future bass player for SHU-SHO), an established Hartford musician, popped the tape in his 78 Lincoln and proceeded to take the boys to a local recording studio to show them off.
And then and there Shu-Sho was born, but not yet properly named.
The guys took on the name Twynz and created artwork where the two of them were combined into one funky Frankenstein creature sitting either on a tv or a boombox. They continued recording songs on boomboxes while separately playing in bands. Towards the end of their time at Hartford High School, Blanco and Jaswho? eventually played together in Meaningful Mindlessness (a band formed from the ashes of MRA).
After going their separate ways to pursue other artistic ventures, the duo frequently collaborated throughout the 90's, leaving behind their trusty Boombox technique and recording on 4-tracks and 8 track reel to reels, songs whenever they found themselves in the same city. These songs were funky little experimental pop ditties that would rarely see the light of day, some shown only to friends and families for fun and others appearing on each others projects. At some point the duo changed their name to Spigga (after a hip-hop group had come out on Sony records under the moniker "Twynz").
The new name brought upon them a new motivation to get heard and to flip the stereotypes of what was expected from a Dominican and an African American. With influences as diverse as NIN and Hall and Oates to Ryuichi Sakamoto and 80's Hip Hop they continued to work on material whatever chance they got. In 1999 the duo found themselves living on the same coast (Blanco in LA and Jaswho? in SF) and an opportunity presented itself. They were asked to write a song (similar to the band Morphine) for an independent movie called "See Jane Run". That song was "Papa Knows", a slow burning bluesy bilingual celebration - not exactly what was asked for but it left everyone impressed. Fired up by their new relative proximity (6 hour drive) and the song's response they decided to make Spigga a priority.
It wasn't easy though with both guys already committed to their current projects (Blanco was singing for LA's fave bilingual Ska-Punk Rockers "Viva Malpache" and Jaswho? was creating music for his House Label "Soulmine Records").
Still they tried.
First step was developing more grooves.
Second step, putting a band together.
They never played out officially as a duo until 2003 and after jamming with a multitude of crazy and talented musicians for several years they finalized their line-up in 2007. With the aforementioned John Cornelius on Bass (the duo's official godfather) and former Hartford High classmate Carla Pereira on vocals, Spigga was rounded out by Darren Lolk (who had played with Blanco in other bands) on Guitar and Troy "Big" Coston (John Cornelius' old drummer in his church band) on the skins.
Spigga released their first record in late 2005, "06105: The Mixtape", the name taken from the zip code they both shared growing up in Hartford, CT and since then have played over 100 shows sharing the stage with Pastilla, Grupo Fantasma, Upground, Los Abandoned, Pacha Massive, Ceci Bastida, Austin TV, Zoé and many others. Besides that, Spigga also has had songs placed on compilations (scoring big with their funkadelic take on Rage Against the Machine's "People of the Sun") and on TV shows including FX Network's "The Shield".
As they approached 2009 with hope in the air and the band's line up solidified they changed the band's name to SHU-SHO to represent the group more as a family, a collective. Blanco and Jaswho? will always be known Spigga but now the family and the love that's been created (and continues to be created) will be known as SHU-SHO.
Never known to do things conventionally, first up for SHU-SHO is the release of the single EP "SEñORA". A free download available on their website www.shu-sho.com
that contains the single "Señora" 5 remixes and 2 b-sides. All free.
After that, a video "Señora" in the vein of all the previous Spigga videos where Blanco and Jaswho? use any excuse to act silly. This time going for a more "mature" look. And all just a tease for FATCAMP, the new CD from SHU-SHO out late 2009. SHU-SHO: kickin' your ass since 1989. To be continued.