Shy Boys Share Trash

Not sure if it needs to be said, but the ATH crew became huge fans of the Kansas City outfit Shy Boys since they first burst on the scene back in 2014 with the release of their self-titled debut. With numerous singles and the sophomore album Bell House from 2018, the band has been posted about, discussed, and seen live on numerous occasions over the years. We dig Shy Boys. All that said, we of course suggest you check out this new single called “Trash” which was shared earlier today. One can always love those quiet vocal harmonies, paired with some poppier guitar sounds we’ve grown to love from the band.

STRFKR Share Budapest featuring Shy Boys

What does one do when you’ve crafted a song filled to the brim with harmonies? Well, if you’re STRFKR you call in your label mates Shy Boys and ask them to fill in some of the gaps on your new song. What we get as listeners is this relaxing, almost lounge pop vibe to seduce us into a slight foot shuffle about our bedrooms. In a way, it reminds me of a catchier version of AIR, sort of that French pop attitude, with a touch more focus on brandishing melody for melody’s sake. As of right now, STRFKR keep shuffling out super singles, so perhaps there’s more on the horizon? Keep an eye on their label Polyvinyl for more news.

Have Another From Shy Boys

As previously mentioned, our amigos in Shy Boys have a highly anticipated new album in the works which will be released here shortly via Polyvinyl Records. If you needed more hype to get excited about the album, you need to check out this new pop delight from the band called “Something Sweet”. In a brief two minutes the band has created a nice blend of 60s pop music with something you might hear from middle to late Smiths tracks. Currently it has hit 6 plays for me in the last 12 hours.

Once again, Shy Boys will release Bell House on August 3rd via Polyvinyl Records.

Shy Boys Are Back!

Kansas City based Shy Boys have long been a favorite among most, if not all of the staff here at ATH. The guys have been quiet for a couple of years now, and with the way things go with bands nowadays, it’s nice to hear that they are coming back with new music. As a taste of new material, the band has offered up this playful and quirky new track called “Take the Doggie With Me”. As you might have guessed, it’s about a dog the band members knew who they felt wasn’t getting much love and they want to take the pup with them. We’re all dog lovers here, so of course we love the track, but let’s not ignore the very well executed music. As always, the band is incredibly tight with perfectly timed guitars and an on point chorus. Well done.

Shy Boys will release new album Bell House on August 3rd via Polyvinyl Records.

Hey and the band will also be playing at Hotel Vegas on Thursday night with our friends The Sour Notes!

Shy Boys to Release New 7″

shyboysI think a lot of people drastically overlooked the wonderful S/T effort from Shy Boys, but lets hope that this new 7″ they’re planning can attract more attention.  Now, if you’re looking for some guitar pop that’s heavy on distortion and power chords, then this isn’t the sort for you.  This is of the other ilk, relaxed in its entirety, with just a hint of movement coming via the riding of the cymbal. Like most of the work from the band, you just get to sit back and let the harmonies wash over you, drifting in and out of your consciousness.  You can grab the new 7″, titled 45, on August 26th from High Dive Records.

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Show Preview: Painted Palms @ Holy Mountain (6/11)


Date 6/11/14
Location Holy Mountain
Doors 9pm
Tickets $10 @ Transmission

A great show is going down on Wednesday night at Holy Mountain with two up and coming bands that have previously received the ATH seal of approval.  Headliner Painted Palms is a band I caught during SXSW and was pleasantly surprised that the band could recreate their electronic sound in a live setting.  Of course the show lineup gets even better with Shy Boys, who have been talked about on numerous occasions here on our site.  See ya there?


Download: Painted Palms – Upper Floors [MP3]

Shy Boys – s/t

shy-boys.2Rating: ★★★½☆

A lot of the press leading up to the first release from Shy Boys  centered around the band’s home of Kansas City and their lack of mastery on their instruments.  Perhaps that’s a good place to start, but isn’t it just the music that ultimately matters?  If so, then the Shy Boys are off to a great start.  Imperfections do exist on this self-titled effort, but they make the most of those moments, turning those inadequacies into gems.

“Is This Who You Are” kicks the album off in the right way, using a deep-toned guitar line to really build the emotion for the listener, but then things fall quiet for the vocals to make their introduction; they’re perhaps a bit too soft building to the chorus, but that chorus is supremely rewarding.  Shy Boys then slide into their ode to the Beach Boys with “Keep Me On My Toes.”  The harmonizing here is something quite special, almost perfect, but then the song abruptly ends; I could have used a few more minutes.

When going back through the whole album, I find myself gravitating to songs like “Bully Fight” and “And I Am Nervous.”  The tones of the guitar is right up the alley of my personal tastes. Not to mention both tracks alternate between the soft/loud dynamic, with really warm melodies; these are the kind of moments in your listening experience that will reveal themselves to be ultimately rewarding, even if you notice a few moments that seem off-key.

Of course, you can’t take a listen to Shy Boys seriously unless you dive head first into the hi-hat propelled gem that is “Postcard.”  It’s the apex of the record, which unfortunately means that the latter half of the record drags just a slight bit. The songs definitely have a draw in the way they’re constructed around the melody, but they’re definitely a look into the softer side of the group.  Listening through, I don’t mind these tracks at all, and in fact, really enjoy “Trim” as a closer, but there’s definitely a noticeable change in the closing energy.

Despite whatever faults lurk in the hidden folds of this self-titled release, it’s clear that Shy Boys do have a knack for songwriting.  That should make this the jumping off point for what we all hope will be a nice career, as these tunes are just too good to simply ignore.  I have a sneaking suspicion that this one’s going to keep creeping into my own play lists as we go through the year, and if longevity works for me, I hope it works for them too.


Download: Shy Boys – Bully Fight [MP3]

More New Music From Shy Boys

ShyboysArtwork_medium_imageBack in November I shared some new tuneage with you from Kansas City band Shy Boys.  Today sees the band inching ever closer to their release date and they are celebrating with us by dropping this new single “Bully Fight” on our ears.  Yet again, the band sound as though they must be from a different part of the world and not the Mid Western U.S.  To me they sound like they could be transplanted directly from some remote corner of the UK playing beautiful twee pop such as this.

Pick up the new self-titled album on January 21st via High Dive Records.


Download: Shy Boys – Bully Fight [MP3]


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