Shortwave Society fuses elements from orchestral and electronic soundscapes to create a unique accompaniment to their off-kilter pop songs. Violin, cello, and a sea of vocals weave intricate tapestries while guitar and pianos pulse, and electronic bleeps and blips fill every nook and cranny of your subconscious. These ladies and gents host a post-modern sojourn through jazz, pop, and chamber music traditions; equally at home in the dance club or the concert hall.
The band is a musical collaboration of five Knoxville, Tennessee-based musicians. It began as a series of experiments in the laboratory of a local musical commune, intent on bridging gaps between musical genres. The project was spearheaded by brothers Grant and Curtis Geren and Jason Day, but took its final form with the addition of string divas Alexia Pantanizopoulos and Sarah Hurd. With Shortwave Society, the musical Mission Statement is simple, “to unearth and perform the common thread between all that is musical.” Execution of this goal is another matter, at times virtuosic, at times technological, but always heartfelt and human at its core.
At the heart of Shortwave Society’s musical landscape lies songwriter, guitarist, and lead vocalist, Grant Geren. His willingness to delve into unconventional song structures, coupled with his knack for surreal lyricism, gives the band’s music its unique emotional identity. Pianist and arranger Jason Day augments these contributions. Day’s extensive jazz background floats subliminally behind his arrangements, drawing equally from classical, pop, and music from around the world. The project is advanced by Curtis Geren; a perpetual student of percussion instruments and electronic music. Cellist Alexia Pantanizopoulos and violinist Sarah Hurd complete the circle, adding the essential chamber music element.
Having completed their first self-titled EP in Spring 2009, the group is currently putting the finishing touches on their first LP, Voyeur, which is slated for release in January 2010. They plan to tour extensively following this release.
The soul punk music emanating from this duo is best described as garage rock soul birthed from a gnarly stew of Sun, Stax, and Goner records that was brewed by the spring reverb gods.
Matt Shat is on lead vocals, guitar, harp, foot drums and jangles. Byronius Junk plays Hammond M3 kickin bass on the pedals, Fender Rhodes, melodica, vocals, & thunder tom.
The debut EP, Blood On Yer Shoes, is thick minimalism replete with small amps making monster sounds, vintage keys, and howling vocals awash in fuzzy reverb. The songs have been described as slurf-bop, soul-twang, trash, barberslop, and soul grease - also known as psychaholic-twang-stomp-stew. Whether you're hanging in the air or dancing in a hula skirt with a coconut brassiere, come on through and get your slice of Shathouse Rats.