Cork psych-pop outfit The Shaker Hymn made their return recently with new single ‘Dead Trees’, recorded straight to tape by producer (and O Emperor man) Brendan Fennessy. The single is a follow-up to last year’s full-length Do You Think You’re Clever?, released on the band’s own imprint, Heavy Noids.
Owing a clear a debt of gratitude to sixties and seventies guitar pop, the band took what they describe as “a leap of faith” by recording live to tape, delivering in authentic fashion while experiencing the technical nuances of the medium, attempting to keep their sound to four tracks.
The release of ‘Dead Trees’ comes after a busy year where the band toured extensively around Ireland, while also appearing on the soundtrack to breakout Irish film Handsome Devil, and is a portent of things to come from the band ahead of album number three, due next year.
Meanwhile, the video for ‘Dead Trees’ premiered yesterday over on Cork-based overblown.co.uk, featuring West Cork-based performance artist Eilís Collins. Filmed on location throughout Cork City, it was written and edited by Sherlock and collaborator Conal Thomson.
The Shaker Hymn road-tests its new pop bijoux at The Stormy Teacup in Limerick this Friday; The Grand Social in Dublin on Wednesday 22nd November, and at a hometown show at Coughlan’s Live, Cork, Thursday 30th November.