For any upcoming indie band, getting signed is the Holy Grail. Bands will play shows for days, weeks, even months on end, with the hope a big record company exec. might just be in the crowd wanting to give them their big chance. But while a handful find fame, fortune and success under the guidance of a popular label, even more will tell you it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.
Releasing their fantastic self-titled debut EP on hometown label Aeronaut Records, The Shys were soon picked up Warner Bros. Records offshoot Sire. Already home to an impressive roster, The Shys had the guile, class, and most importantly talent, to stand out on one of music’s big four majors.
Sire sent them straight into the studio and The Shys returned with 11-track stormer ‘Astoria’, full of ambition and powerful tracks. After being well received by the music press and boasting an ever increasing fan base, you’d think Sire would want to push on with a new record but led by the evervescent Kyle Krone, The Shys were heading places with a more cultured approach and a new mesmerising sound, for some reason the label were never really on board, trying to force the band down routes that wouldn’t hold true.
Dropping Sire and returning back to Aeronaut Records for second studio album ‘You’ll Never Understand This Band The Way That I Do’, The Shys are free, energised and ready for more. Tours are currently being finalised, including a spot on the bill for fellow Sire drop-outs The Von Bondies’ forthcoming LA gig, and a single is due any minute now. The Shys are right back on track.
‘You’ll Never Understand This Band The Way That I Do’ will be released on Aeronaut Records in June.