"When you say now we got Hell to pay...don't worry, baby, that's okay...I know the boss." - Going to Town, Afghan Whigs
There are more than a few audiophiles out there who can name rock acts and albums that echo the sentiments of modern noir. That's not really a surprise to anyone because as writers most of us have soundtracks running through our heads. Often painfully so, 24/7. Some sorts go to Cash. Others to bands like Social Distortion and Morphine (especially the song "Thursday")...the darker slices of punk. But the first album that comes to mind for me will always be The Afghan Whigs' BLACK LOVE. It was the first huge concept stab by lyricists and lead singer Greg Dulli to address his fascination with all things crime. Hopeless brutalities, tortured souls trapped in betrayals, hell there's even a track entitled "Crime Scene Part One". Dulli still swaggers his "whitest black man in rock n' roll" doom and gloom with The Twilight Singers, but this album...phew. "Blame, Etc."? "Faded"? Good luck matching that pound for bloody pound. Got a favorite rock n' noir selection? Gimme.
KIERAN SHEA’s fiction has appeared in dozens of venues including Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Thuglit, Dogmatika, Word Riot, Plots with Guns, Beat to a Pulp, Crimefactory, and Needle: A Magazine of Noir ...as well as in some beefy-looking anthologies most of which will make you question the tether of his shiny, red balloon. To his self-deprecating astonishment he's also been nominated for the Story South’s Million Writers Award twice without sending the judges so much as a thank you note. He co-edited the satiric transgressive fiction collection D*CKED: DARK FICTION INSPIRED BY DICK CHENEY and his debut novel KOKO TAKES A HOLIDAY is out now from Titan Books. Kieran divides his time between 38°58′22.6″N- 76°30′4.17″W and 39.2775° N, 74.5750° W.