Everything Shook’s debut album Drinking About You is a collection of songs curated around themes of late nights, objectification, alcohol, disenchantment and big cities. The songs have dark discordant synths, bass guitar and electronic drums with haunting, overlapping vocals. The lyrics describe mistakes, violence, reckless nights and empty nights on the dance floor. Throughout the album there are unmistakable tones of irony, surrealism, and playfulness that work with heavy electro synths, drums, and swooning, growling vocals. Some of the lighter songs such as ‘Short Ride Home’ and ‘Friday Night’ have a pop beat with an easy edge, but tell of nights gone awry and the disappointment therein. Other tracks further this dejected tone, with ‘I Walked Past Your House’ and ‘Bed Stain’ speaking about regret and fear, and ‘Come Back to Mine' dealing with the ‘virgin-whore’ dichotomy in society.
The Thin Air
'Everything Shook have proven one of the more interesting outfits on the Irish live circuit of late, a kinetic and technicolour blend of music, electro-performance art and synchronised choreography . . . Stylishly executed first record - in one corner opaque but in another airy, tongue-in-cheek yet sombre, hinting at violence and mystery. It’s a cloak they wear well.'
The Last Mixed Tape
'Sometimes you just want music to grab you by the lapels and take you with it, especially if it’s somewhere you wouldn’t normally go. Drinking About You is that type of album. Wonderfully abrasive and unapologetically upfront, the music of Drinking About You pulls you through the dark, seedy gothic-electronic world of Everything Shook . . . fascinating and unrelenting . . . Easily one of the records of the year.'
'Drinking About You has an eerie atmosphere to it, synths gurgle like AFX Ambient Works and voices hang like gossamer harmonic threads. The presence of an underbelly of dread, dystopian urban living and disconnection are felt throughout; a horror soundtrack for modern living.'
The Irish Times - Sounds of the Week (Jim Carroll, On The Record)
'Making the right kind of statement with your debut album can't be easy. What ever the magic formula is, Everything Shook are in possession of it. Listen to 'Drinking About You' once, twice, three times and more; you won't grow tired of it any time soon.' Dan Hegarty, 2FM/2XM
released August 13, 2016
All Songs Written, Composed and Recorded by Everything Shook:
Robyn Bromfield, Jessica Kennedy, Áine Stapleton
Mixed by Robyn Bromfield
'I Walked Past Your House' & 'Misericord' Mixed by Brian Conniffe
Mastered by John Flynn at Balance Mastering
Bass recorded at Big Garden Recording Studio
Vocals - Robyn Bromfield, Jessica Kennedy, Áine Stapleton
Novation XioSynth 25, Yamaha Keyboard, Crash cymbal - Jessica Kennedy
Korg Nintendo DS, Korg synth, Casio Keyboard - Robyn Bromfield
Bass guitar, Korg Synth, Casio Keyboard, Glockenspiel - Áine Stapleton
'Bed Stain' recorded and mixed by 6611 Studios Brooklyn, New York City
Photography: Patricio Cassinoni
Cover design: Everything Shook
Thanks: Matthew Nolan, Gerard Duffy, Laura Sheeran, Brian Conniffe, Jose Miguel Jimenez, Patrick Kelleher, Dylan Tighe
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