Instrumental post-rock conjurors SHY, LOW today reveals a video for “Umbra.” Now playing courtesy of Metal Injection, the track appears on the band’s Snake Behind The Sun full-length, scheduled for release on October 8th via Pelagic Records.
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 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 end of the broad spectrum of modern heavy rock music.
Comments the band of their latest single, “‘Umbra’ covers a lot of ground – excerpts from the track sound reminiscent of material found on Hiraeth (2015) and the self-titled record (2012), while also harkening back to the darker moments of Burning Day (2017). The track showcases an expansion upon the band’s love for somber melody and heavy genres, with more complex drum patterns, driving, riff-laden guitar parts, and uplifting waltz-like passages. ‘Umbra’ (and its corresponding short film) tells a story of purity’s uphill battle against negative energy in our world.”
View SHY, LOW’s “Umbra” video at Metal Injection HERE.
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, etc. pay heed.
Recorded, mixed, and produced at Vudu Studios in Long Island, New York by Mike Watts (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Glassjaw, Hopesfall, Tides Of Man), SHY, LOW‘s Snake Behind The Sun 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.
Greg Peterson – guitar
Zak Bryant – guitar
Dylan Partridge – drums
Drew Storcks – bass
“…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.” — BrooklynVegan