If someone were to create a RIFYL list for Shipwreck's Rabbit in the Kitchen With a New Dress On, it would most definitely contain Franz Ferdinand, Spoon and Interpol. And, yes, Shipwreck has that New Wave-disco-punk thing in common with each of those bands, and yes, that list does provide some amount of context for Shipwreck's sound. But what this RIFYL list fails to account for is Shipwreck's clean minimalism, and their brilliant incorporation of pop vocal melodies that make songs like "Kiss in the Dark" and "Devils" instantly memorable on the first listen.
Since Shipwreck is from territory familiar to most of America--the Midwest, specifically Champaign, Ill.--the images and lyrical sentiments are recognizable and relatable, i.e., "working drive-thru liquor for the minimum wage, selling Pabst Blue Ribbon to the underage" from "Hi Fi."
RIFYL lists would be much more useful if they included more accurate touchstones. Shipwreck RIFYL: reverb, sex, country, synth rock and beer.