Anarchic and bold, Shredd to release debut album
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Album 12” + digital : 2nd December 2022
Garage rock trio from Glasgow, Shredd, are to release their debut album The Place Unknown, on 2nd December via 12” + digital. Best Newcomers at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards when the band formed in 2017, they’ve been touted from the start as being ones to watch. Now, Shredd have exceeded the benchmark they set for themselves with a debut album harbouring some serious bite.
Anarchic and bold, The Place Unknown offers 10 tracks of psychedelic punk. Running a gamut of influences, with the likes of King Gizzard, Queens of the Stone Age and Biffy Clyro never feeling too far away, the debut album from Shredd is anything but derivative. Each track feels different from the last as the listener reaches with the band into another realm; exploring a world just out of reach from our own.
The album is preceded by new single Enigma which is out now. “The more you take, the more I become,” vocalist Chris Harvie snarls as galloping drums chase an instantly infectious riff, showcasing the group’s dazzling gift for melody, dynamics and thunderous delivery. It follows the colossal single Feel It which was released last month, and the album’s lead single Parasite, dubbed by Tenement TV as, “four and a half minutes of exhilarating and apocalyptic garage-rock,”.
Ruminating on ideas of mental health, the album has bubbled up and over what has been a tumultuous few years, capturing the pent up energy and anger that so many have faced and transforming it into a cacophonic sonic release. The album opens with Run Away, They’re Here. With knife-sharp riffs and soaring melodies, it’s a breathless, menacing 4 minutes made for the mosh pit.
Thundering along at a gloriously unfettered pace, the album spans an ever-evolving sound that rivals some of the band’s heaviest moments like that of The Collector and Falling Behind, with the more melody-driven tracks like the joyous, soaring indie-rock anthem Lights Out. Leaving Me There To Drown brims with an infectious swagger reminiscent of influences like Foals and Idles, while I’m Your Nightmare swerves into a menacing, murky oblivion, guided by Chris’s brooding vocals.
The closing title track is a heady saunter through The Place Unknown. The drums hiss and and thump underneath razor sharp hooks as Shredd barrel even further towards the eye of storm. While it retains the classic scuzz and DIY sound of garage rock, The Place Unknown triumphs in avoiding the claustrophobic feel that can arise in the genre. It flows outwards rather than linearly, hurtling around a vast, but entirely cohesive, soundscape.
The artwork for the album and its singles has been created by illustrator and artist Emily Wylde, perfectly enrapturing Shredd’s mind-bending vision of a world just out of reach.
Speaking on the forthcoming album, the band said: “The Place Unknown is a culmination of everything Shredd has done since forming five years ago. Some of the songs are our heaviest yet, but there’s also a couple that lean more towards our earlier sound. Although we’ve evolved a lot as a band, we wanted our first LP to reflect our entire time together and the result is something really special.”
After being crowned Best Newcomers at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards in 2017 with their debut EP ‘Every Time We Meet I Want To Die’, Shredd have been busy playing slots at festivals up and down the UK, including BBC 6 Music Festival, Stag & Dagger, Tenement Trail, Meet The North, Xpo North and Freakender; as well as being tapped for support by artists, including Fontaines D.C, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets and Declan Welsh & The Decadent West. With their exhilarating sound and speaker-destroying live shows, Shredd have built a fierce fanbase, building a reputation as one of the UK’s most invigorating live bands.
To celebrate the launch of their debut album Shredd have announced a headline show at Stereo on 3rd December, tickets are available now here.
Shredd are: guitarist and vocalist Chris Harvie, drummer Calum Wilson and bassist Mark Macdonald.
The Place Unknown will be self-released on 2nd December 2022.
1. Run Away, They’re Here
2. The Collector
3. Feel It
4. Lights Out
6. I’m Your Nightmare
8. Leaving Me There To Drown
9. Falling Behind
10. The Place Unknown
Shredd are a psychedelic garage rock 3 piece from Glasgow, Scotland. Their unique sound and wild live show have gained them the reputation as one of the tightest – and loudest – bands in the U.K.
Since exploding onto the Glasgow music scene in 2017 with their debut EP ‘Every Time We Meet I Want To Die’ the band have made a huge impact in Scotland and around the UK. Appearances at major new music festival’s such as BBC 6 Music Festival, Stag & Dagger, Tenement Trail, Meet The North, Xpo North and Freakender along with supporting the likes of Fontaines D.C, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets and Declan Welsh & The Decadent West have taken Shredd around the UK and allowed them to build a significant fan base around the country.
Winners of the Best Newcomer award at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards 2017, Shredd have been supported by major players in the U.K. music scene in past releases, which have seen them sell out multiple hometown shows, including The Old Hairdressers, Nice N Sleazy and The Hug & Pint.