Expanding on the band’s impressive brand of three-part harmonies and jangle guitar pop, Dim The Light / Brick By Brick comes on the heels of Shy Boys' 2018 album, Bell House.
The two new songs were written and recorded in the Fall between tours: “I think we’re in a space where we don’t want to hold anything back.”, Collin says. “Being on the road has given us the confidence that we can deliver.”
“I wouldn’t say we were intentionally going for something specific”, says Kyle Rausch, Collin’s brother and bass guitar and drums, “More than anything, we didn’t want to do Bell House 2.0. I don’t see us as the kind of band that makes the same thing over and over again. It’d be too dull to keep us interested.”
While Shy Boys' hallmark is their three-part vocal “blood harmonies”, Dim The Light combines this element with the band’s other calling card, interweaving guitar lines, in what likely represents the group’s most muscular track to date –
“On ‘Dim’ I feel like I’m traveling through hyperspace,” says Collin, “or Thor riding the rainbow Bifrost”.
“I recently got back into ‘90125’ by Yes,” says Kyle, “I admit it’s not for everyone. But that record to me is Yes’ version of ‘Invisible Touch’ by Genesis. They were pushing towards more pop structures on that album and embracing more mainstream production quality”.
Collin describes “Brick by Brick” as a “snakey track. The slow beat, the way the synth bends when it enters, the whispery bridge vocals. If it’s one thing Shys can do, it’s making a sweet song sound sinister.”
Shy Boys spent the bulk of 2018 on the road in support of Bell House, touring with Cut Worms, La Luz, Wavves, and Frankie Cosmos. The band will head out at the end of this month with STRFKR before making their way to SXSW and then onward to pretty much everywhere else in April and May. Tickets available now.
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Such a genuinely wistful and self-reflective musical journey. Feels like the most direct and emotionally mature link to my melodic hardcore/emo tastes in the early aughts, now lifted by an ethereal wave of post-rock Grant