Alpha Shallows are an Indie Rock band from Leeds/Wakefield who formed in March 2014. This collective came together having all performed in a number of bands across different genres. Bassist Gary infuses a punk/synth feel whilst drummer Ben comes to the band from a metal background, performing with the Boneyard Babies. Vocalist Ken and guitarist Joicey have enjoyed a very productive songwriting partnership for several years.
The band's diverse list of influences have led their music down a dark and gritty path. The intriguing vocals of storyteller Ken combined with the band's strong image enhance the atmosphere created by their music and these elements have combined to produce a superb debut EP 'Set the Fires', recorded at Greenmount Studios with Jamie Lockhart.
Since their inception Alpha Shallows have enjoyed extensive support. They've been invited to play gigs across their home county of Yorkshire, including the highly respected Long Division Festival in Wakefield (2014). Photographer Ed Fielding, who has previously worked closely with Paloma Faith and Gary Numan, has provided the photographs and artwork for the EP. Three of the tracks on 'Set the Fires' have already been championed by BBC Introducing in North and West Yorkshire and the full EP is available to stream on Soundcloud.
Vocals - Craig "Ken" Walker
Guitar - Paul "Joicey" Joice
Bass - Gary Hargreaves
Drums - Ben Hewitt
16th January - Carpe Diem, Leeds
22nd January - The Library, Leeds
|Ships Have Sailed|
22 January 2016
|Lead Tracks: 'If Only', 'Drive', 'Boomerang' and 'Out of Time'|
Ships Have Sailed, an alternative pop-rock duo hailing from Los Angeles, debuted their first EP 'Someday' in 2014, gaining extensive airplay on College, NPR, and commercial radio in the US and Canada. The EP's success inspired the band to tour the East Coast, during which time they began piecing together their first full-length album, 'Moodswings'.
The LP veers away from todays single-driven musical climate with a well-rounded, full-length story intended to be heard from the beginning to the end. The theme of the record echoes the bands name, a positive spin on the phrase That ship has sailed, and meditates on changes ability to impact ones life at any moment.
Ships Have Sailed have recently had a track called 'Midnight' included in the feature film, BRAND: A Second Coming. This summer has also seen them playing showcases at 2015s SXSW and Canadian Music Week.
" Electro Pop-Rock trio Ships Have Sailed may be your favorite new discovery... featuring a few of our favorite things: hard-hitting beats, angsty male vocals, and bubbling electronic flares.
Complete with bombastic drums, an epic guitar solo, and just-rugged-enough vocals, it's a massive tune that'll have you keeping it on repeat.
The 405 Premiere of 'If Only'
A Music Blog, Yea?
Will Carpenter - Guitar and Vocals
Dan Hange Bass