Thursday, July 5, 2018

 

10 Questions with Shy Boys



Hailed as “The Beach Boys on Robitussin”, Shy Boys were bred in the dankest basements of Midwest America, as a group of ill-fitting squares in a scene of punks and weirdos. They are DIY local champions of Kansas City. Comprised of brothers Collin and Kyle Rausch and best friends Konnor Ervin, Kyle Little and Ross Brown. Championed by Kevin Morby who describes the Shy Boys as the heartland’s answer to The Beach Boys had Alex Chilton been on guitar.

On August 3, 2018, will see the release of their second record, Bell House, out on the legendary record label Polyvinyl. The album’s title is taken from the band’s beloved headquarters - the old house on Bell Street in Kansas City where they lived together for the better part of 5 years. The songs bring melancholic vocal Harmonies of a past’s present, amidst a strange and bittersweet future daze.

We can't wait to get the new album on vinyl! The band are currently on their U.S tour and we caught up with Collin Rausch.

Where do you go to discover new musi
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Why, Vinyl Tapestry of course. I'd say most of the new music we listen to is made by friends or people we've met on tour. We just got back from a three week run of Texas to the West Coast and back to Kansas City, and that means we listened to dozens of sets from bands we mostly didn't know or hadn't heard. If we dig something we'll listen to it the next day as we drive to the next city.

What have we got to look forward to with you this year?

2018 is a big year for us, actually. We're releasing a new record August 3rd with Polyvinyl Record Co. called Bell House. It's our first new record since 2014, so we're itching to get it out so people can hear some new music from us. We're going on tour in July to the East Coast with our friends from Cut Worms, and we're working on more dates for the fall leading up to the holidays. We've all quit our jobs and thrown everything in to this stupid band, so we're gonna be bustin our butts this year :)

First song you fell in love with?

Oh man, it was probably a Beatles song. I don't remember... The first song I probably fell in love to was "All My Life" by K-Ci and JoJo during a Middle School mixer. That slow dance heat was real.

Who would you most like to collaborate with?

Paul McCartney; Brian Wilson, just because that's how so many of my private, internal fanfics begin. For more musical reasons I'd love to work with Chris Cohen or maybe Weyes Blood.

What would you most like to own on vinyl?

I had a Discogs account for a while, and I only ever put two records in my "want" pile. Enya - Shepherd Moons, and James Taylor - New Moon Shine. My tastes can't be explained or defended.

Who are you listening to at the moment?

Amy Grant - Heart In Motion

What's your guilty pleasure song?

Soooo much 90's contemporary Christian music... I soundcheck my mic at shows with "For Future Generations" by 4Him. I could make a playlist. Maybe I should...

What inspires you to write music?

There are a bunch of reasons. The other guys in my band have incredible songs and projects of their own. I'm just trying to keep up with them for the most part. There are more lofty reasons like wanting to add my voice to the long lineage of pop music etc... But I think I'm mostly just responding to my buddies.

What's your favourite song to play live?

"Champion" off our new record. It's tough, and it doesn't always come together live. But about two-thirds of the way through the song it opens up, and me and Russ play a dual lead guitar harmony while me and Slappy and Koney sing three-part harmonies. When it works I feel actually cool in the moment, like I'm in a real band playing a real song and not just a dork pretending not to be.

Where would you most like to play?

There aren't really any venues I aspire to play. Maybe the Cavern Club as sort of a pilgrimage sort of thing. I love DIY spots, and I especially like playing outside. Places with intense natural beauty or historic significance would be ideal. Maybe a beach. We had a line on playing an event outdoors at a Hy-Vee (a grocery store chain in the midwest) that unfortunately fell through. That woulda been sweet!

Bell House out on 3/8

https://open.spotify.com/album/5p9uELeugcBN5ZgB3ImF53