As The Shaker Hymn put the finishing touches to their third full length LP, the Cork based quintet release new single ‘Colour Of The Holy Sun’. Flavoured with George Harrison-esque slide guitars and ‘Beach Boys’ harmonies – it’s a hook laden pop hit that readies the band for stages this summer.
Vocalist, Caoilian Sherlock said: “We don’t often write new songs out of an improv “jam” type of thing – but this started as a little two chords warm up at rehearsal a few months back. I went away and wrote a melody, and lyrically I was aiming for a joyous apocalypse sound. A song to celebrate The Rapture heading our way. In the studio we we’re throwing a lot of unusual names for us – Spandau Ballet and Christopher Cross’ Ride Like The Wind for example, as well as the crooners like Sinatra and Jacques Brel.”
The release of ‘Colour Of The Holy Sun’ comes after a busy year where the band toured extensively around Ireland, while also appearing on the soundtrack to breakout Irish film ‘Handsome Devil’.
This April, The Shaker Hymn begin an Irish tour with Pale Rivers – the synth and guitar led five piece based out of Cork and Tipperary. See them at the Róisín Dubh Galway, Bello Bar Dublin, MusicZone Cork, Gleesons Clonmel, The Roundy Cork, and Connolly’s of Leap in West Cork. More info on The Shaker Hymn’s Facebook page
Roisin Dubh, Galway – April 19
Bello Bar, Dublin – April 20
MusicZone (Record Store Day in-store), Cork – April 21
Gleesons, Clonmel – April 27
The Roundy, Cork – May 4
Connolly’s Of Leap, Cork – May 5
*STEREOGUM “Gorgeous retro British pop-rock”
* LouderThanWar “Big sounds, big ideas, great production and lots of charm”
*CLASH “Immediately contagious, set to bittersweet pop hymns”
* HOTPRESS “Echoing the lazy drawls of ex Stroke’s frontman Julian Casablancas but with a swagger all their own, Shaker Hymn are a band to watch out for next year.
★★★★ – Record Collector Magazine
8/10 – LouderThanWar