August 3rd sees the release of Shy Boys’ forthcoming release Bell House, via Polyvinyl. The album’s title is taken from Shy Boys’ beloved headquarters – the old house on Bell Street in Kansas City where they lived together for the better part of 5 years. Ahead of the album’s release the group have shared the video for album track “Take the Doggie.” The track is described as a bouncy, guitar driven track centered around wanting to secretly rescue their neighbor’s dog from an abusive owner. Shy Boys start their tour on July 8th in Sioux Falls, SD.
Shy Boys are Comprised of brothers Collin and Kyle Rausch and best friends Konnor Ervin, Kyle Little and Ross Brown, Shy Boys are the heartland’s answer to The Beach Boys had Alex Chilton been on guitar.
“‘Lived’ is a loose term,” says lead songwriter Collin. “It was more like a bum den than anything else. There was a giant hole in the floor of the kitchen that had a piece of plywood over it. In the backyard, weeds got like 6 feet high in the summer. It was its own thriving biome. We lived in trash.”
Musically, Collin describes the songs on Bell House taking shape through “a group of guys trying to get through some sort of mutual identity crisis. The lifestyle became overwhelming and really seeped into the music.”
In the time since the release of ST, Collin saw himself falling in love and getting married, leaving the old house on Bell Street, and moving back into his mom’s house with his wife in a suburb of the city. It’s here where the songs of Bell House were born. Being back under the same roof he had grown up in where there was “still writing on the walls from childhood,” Rausch found himself reflective and looking out at his life as a whole.
But through all of this, Rausch kept his passion in his band, if even for nothing more than to – in his own words – have an excuse to keep hanging out with his brother and best friends.
“I have to keep Shy Boys alive to have a regular excuse to hang out with them,” says Collin. “To keep the band alive, I have to write songs. To be able to travel with my buddies, there has to be a new record.”
There is an old term that’s kicked around in country music called a “blood harmony” – in which two people in the same blood line, usually siblings, harmonize with one another in real time. Perhaps that is Shy Boys’ magic touch, putting them just a notch above all the other angels out there in the indie rock choir, and it makes sense, though no longer practicing evangelicals, Collin and Kyle grew up singing besides their parents in their church choir, so their keen sense of harmony is nothing new to them, but instead a life practice devoted to the voice as an instrument.
07.08.18 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Total Drag Records
07.09.18 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry w/ Cut Worms
07.10.18 – Davenport, IA @ Raccoon Motel w/ Cut Worms
07.11.18 – Nashville, TN @ High Watt w/ Cut Worms
07.12.18 – Asheville, NC @ Mothlight w/ Cut Worms
07.13.18 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn w/ Cut Worms
07.14.18 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 w/ Cut Worms
07.16.18 – Washington, DC @ DC9 w/ Cut Worms
07.17.18 – Philadephia, PA @ Johnny Brendas w/ Cut Worms
07.18.18 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge w/ Cut Worms
08.04.18 – Kansas City, MO @ recordBar
08.09.18 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas
09.27.18 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall Downstairs*
09.28.18 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s BBQ*
09.29.18 – Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Fact*