“Evil Sin” Shy Boys, how a tale of deceit and friendships ending can be calming and relaxing

Music you might dig; August 13th 2018

Hailing to us from Kansas City and discovered on NPRs Spotify playlists, this alt rock quintet, which is signed to both Polyvinyl (IL/NYC) and High Dive (MO), has been putting out both fuzzy and chill tunes since 2014.  The band originally formed as a trio back in 2014 and picked up some features with their first single “Bully Fight”.

Their latest single, “Evil Sin”, starts off with a barber shop quintet. It’s a harmony filled song that is reminiscent of Ben Folds, or Beach Boys meets Gotye, and creates a science fair.  Trance like syncopation meets modulating synthesizers and an authentic sounding drum kit.  A lullaby version of The Flaming Lips or Tame Impala.

The music video for “Evil Sin” may remind you of the Jonestown tragedy, or maybe it’s an attempt to undermine large corporate greed manufacturing cheap products (bubblegum in this case) that kills.
Overall, this band is great and the “Evil Sin” track is perfection because of the layered vocal harmonies and soothing instrumentals.  You should check them out because they’ve consistently put out good record store material. Catch them on one of their upcoming tours opening for Wavves and Strfkr!




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Musician releasing music under self created record label

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