Shadow Age – Silaluk EP

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Oh, Jesus. Richmond, Virginia has proved a fertile ground for the heavier end of metal over the last two or three years, but the cheesy 80s synth and tinny-sounding drums that overshadow Silaluk (6131), the début three-track EP from quartet Shadow Age, sadly give me all the wrong kind of chills.

Changing their name from Colony some months ago, their ethos has remained post-Punk yet the feel loses some of that intensity. The rapid bass of the opening title track underpins coldly mellow strings, while lacklustre yet melodic vocals, a cross between Barney Sumner and Morrissey, enforce the pervading Mancunian air. Sadly, save for the lead shimmers and slightly more urgent delivery of ‘A Portrait of a Young Man Drowning’, the first two tracks have more of the Indie / Pop of New Order than the angular, piercing swagger of forefathers Joy Division.

It’s the booming drums and Post-rock leadwork of the moody, balladic closer ‘Innocence’ that finally give this outing a bit of steel. The building swathes of pensive atmospherics take the listener into Shoegaze territory, that Smiths vocal link ever more apparent and lightly dusted over the emotive instrumentals which are evocative of the heady days when both U2 and The Sisters of Mercy were both capable of appealing to the harder rockers among us. The sound that Shadow Age are peddling is indeed an attractive one in many respects, but overall it’s missing a row of teeth which would generate real interest outside the NME readership.

 

6.0/10

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PAUL QUINN

Shadow Age Streaming “Silaluk”

Shadow Age. Photo Credit: Christopher DiNitto

Shadow Age. Photo Credit: Christopher DiNitto

Richmond, VA melodic post-punkers Shadow Age is streaming “Silaluk,” off their debut EP Silaluk, out May 19, 2015 via 6131 Records here.

Silaluk tracklist:
01: Silaluk
02: A Portrait of a Young Man Drowning
03: Innocence

The band has book a string of upcoming shows.
Apr 13: 25 Watt – Richmond, VA (w/ Suicidas, Nocere)
Apr 24: Strange Matter – Richmond, VA (w/ Nearest, Theives of Shiloh, Predation)
May 22: 25 Watt – Richmond, VA (Record Release Show)
May 23: Static Age Records – Asheville, NC
May 26: Mango’s Cantina – Houston, TX
May 27: The Lost Well – Austin, TX
May 28: The Crown and Harp – Dallas, TX
May 29: The Burlington – Chicago, IL
May 30: The Precinct – Detroit, MI
May 31: Cide Central – Cincinnati, OH

Shadow Age on Bandcamp

Shadow Age Streaming “A Portrait of a Young Man Drowning”

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Richmond, VA post punkers Shadow Age is streaming “A Portrait of a Young Man Drowning,” off their debut EP Silaluk, due out May 19, 2015 via 6131 Records, here.

They have emerged from Richmond, Virginia, playing cold, darkly melodic post-punk, and offering an astoundingly cohesive debut EP that owes more to the sounds of Manchester’s industrial sprawl than Richmond’s southern charms.

While Shadow Age are certainly indebted to the UK post-punk classics, the band’s debut release originates from an even more unlikely place than where they call home. While spending a harsh winter working on a fishing boat in Alaska, singer/guitarst Aaron Tyree was injured. He then spent four harrowing days waiting out an ice storm so that he could be flown out of Dutch Harbor for medial attention. During this time Tyree wrote the title track of their debut EP, Silaluk.

Taking it’s name from the Inuit word for storm, Silaluk is three uncompromisingly dark tracks that swallow the listener in shimmering guitars, pulsating synths, and haunting vocals. Tyree’s affecting voice paints a desperate picture that is perfectly layered amongst the sheets of reverb and angular guitar lines. Shadow Age offer more than just intense atmosphere, though. The band is adept at crafting a hook and despite the EP’s brooding tone, some of the driving beats found on Silaluk are arguably danceable. With disparate influences converge with stunning cohesion, Silaluk is an impressive debut that hints at their potential.

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Silaluk tracklist:
1. Silaluk
2. A Portrait of a Young Man Drowning
3. Innocence

Upcoming Shows:
Apr 13: 25 Watt – Richmond, VA (w/ Suicidas, Nocere)
Apr 24: Strange Matter – Richmond, VA (w/ Nearest, Theives of Shiloh, Predation)

Shadow Age on Bandcamp