Artist biog

Shy Nature

Shy Nature are a four-piece alternative rock band from north London, formed in late 2012. Mixing elements of jangly sixties songwriting with the influence of more recent New York garage groups, they create timeless guitar music centred lyrically around growing up. Rasping organ, revolving guitar lines and singer William’s distinctive vocals drive their energising live show.

Originally meeting in Liverpool, Glasgow and Maidstone, the band came together in north London and established a base within one of their flats to write, rehearse and record. Often marrying darker lyrical themes with bright instrumentation, the band’s name references the silent observations that inform their songs. A strong DIY ethos has seen them self-produce much of their material – from music videos to live acoustic performances – along with debut track ‘Deadly Sin’ itself which was recorded at home while the restaurant below was closed.

On the strength of a single song, the band gained immediate supporters: described as “a flurry of starry-eyed guitars and wild-eyed choruses” (This Is Fake DIY) and an “anthem that begs for a crowd to scream along” (All Things Go), ‘Deadly Sin’ received national airplay from multiple DJs at BBC Radio 1, including Huw Stephens who made the track a BBC Introducing Discovery in June 2013. Early performances at London’s The Old Blue Last (which they filmed and shared online) and in support of The Breeders at a sold-out 2000+ capacity The Forum serve as a statement of their similarly lofty live ambitions.

Their momentum continues through a self-titled debut EP, released on 16th September 2013. Summarised as having “more hook-heavy giants than a fair few debut full-lengths” (This Is Fake DIY), lead track ‘Sinking Ship’ earned further BBC Radio 1 support from Phil & Alice and Jen Long, and ‘Washout’ was described as a “recipe for indie-rock immensity” (The Line of Best Fit). Simultaneously, they remain focussed on what comes next, and are recording further material to share as the year draws to a close and 2014 begins.





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