Instrumental post-rock unit SHY, LOW will release their fifth studio album and Pelagic Records debut, Snake Behind The Sun, on October 8th. In advance of its release, today the band is pleased to unveil first single and video “Helioentropy,” now playing at BrooklynVegan.
SHY, LOW are true masters of the exquisite craft of stark contrasts and broad dynamics, from delicate crescendos to the grandiose power of the riff… a craft that lies at the heart of every outstanding instrumental rock record. With Snake Behind The Sun the Richmond, Virginia-based four-piece has made an absolutely incredible and epic album brimming with creativity, groove, heaviness, and truly outstanding songwriting — a record that is intricate and mature, yet gloriously anthemic at the same time. Indeed, Snake Behind The Sun is an astounding and immensely diverse record that will appeal to fans sitting on all ends of the broad spectrum of modern heavy rock music.
Recorded, mixed, and produced at Vudu Studios in Long Island, New York by Mike Watts (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Glassjaw, Hopesfall, Tides Of Man), the album pulls from elements from previous eras of the band, but also pushes into new territory. The result is a slicker, more modern, layered three-dimensional sound. “The recipe for achieving that began with a lot of pre-production on our end,” comments guitarist Zak Bryant. “We demoed the entire record at home prior to entering the studio, reworking some songs several times before calling them done. From there, it was Mike [Watts]. After hearing his work with bands like O’Brother, Lume, Glassjaw, and others, we grew very fond of the drum sounds he got, and his ear for overall mix balance and production.”
The other important ingredient was drummer Dylan Partridge — who at the time of recording, was a commissioned drummer and is now a fix band member — and the phenomenal drum room at Vudu Studios. These two elements were crucial in creating the overall vibe and atmosphere for the record. “Holing up in the studio for three weeks to track the record was extremely beneficial and something none of us had done in the past — it gave us the ability to really fine tune the songs alongside a producer, and the ability to experiment with various gear not normally at our disposal,” recalls Bryant.
The album title is a metaphor for the notion that darkness and negativity can remain hidden even among seemingly positive forces and positive beings in one’s life. As a matter of fact, the snake crawled out from behind the sun, while the band was in the studio recording the album: “By week three, there were talks of New York state locking down; with one day left before the lock down was alleged to go into effect, it became a mad dash to finish tracking the record so we could book it home to Richmond, Virginia,” says bass player Drew Storcks.
Writes BrooklynVegan, “…if you’re into post-rock bands that mix weight and beauty like This Will Destroy You and Caspian, you should give this a listen.”
View SHY, LOW’s “Helioentropy” video at THIS LOCATION.
Snake Behind The Sun will be released on CD, LP, and digital formats. Find preorders at THIS LOCATION. Fans of Pg. Lost, This Will Destroy You, Caspian, And So I Watch You From Afar, Russian Circles, Thrice, and the like, pay heed.
Snake Behind The Sun Track Listing:
1. Where The Light Bends
5. The Beacon
6. Fata Morgana
7. Decease Spe Re
Greg Peterson – guitar
Zak Bryant – guitar
Dylan Partridge – drums
Drew Storcks – bass