6/24/08: The Shys

You’ll Never Understand This Band The Way That I Do
Aeronaut Records
Release: July 22, 2008
Rating: 3.25 out of 5

Sounds like: British classic rock, ‘70s American rock, White Stripes, light indie grunge

This Southern California quintet split their major label (Sire/Warner Brothers) after debut album Astoria, yet thrive on this summer's Aeronaut Records release You’ll Never Understand This Band The Way That I Do. The band muscles through polished, rock-heavy bombast on tracks like “The Hangman” and “All On Me,” while retro piano adds Beatles-esque touches to the four-song run “Savior,” “She’s Already Gone,” “Mercy,” and “Brother Please.” Pinches of dusty acoustic folk-rock pepper the back end of the album, most notably on “I’m On Your Side” and closer “La Costa Verde,” while the strings-and-keys “Love Is Gonna Get You” brings back memories of The Band’s more refined moments. Lead vocalist Kyle Krone alternates between slight snarls and tortured whispers, conjuring up an odd coupling of Jack White and Conor Oberst, while the drums of Tony Cupito and keys of Riley Stephenson add layers of immense sound. The Shys' confident brand of rock 'n' roll isn't earth-shattering, but at least they’ve got a good handle on their chosen medium.

Official band site: www.theshys.com
Myspace: www.myspace.com/theshysmusic
Blog: www.theshys.blogspot.com
“She’s Already Gone” video

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