SHADOWPARTY have announced a series of dates for March 2019, with headline shows in Manchester and Macclesfield and throughout the month as special guests of Manchester’s Slow Readers Club.
ShadowParty are a band united by a fairly unusual circumstance, each member is a latter-day addition to a huge band. The nucleus of the group formed when Josh Hager and Tom Chapman met in Boston, Massachusetts. Josh is a former member of The Rentals and currently plays guitar and keyboards in Devo. Tom Chapman is the former bass player of Bad Lieutenant who followed frontman Bernard Sumner to New Order in 2011 when the band reunited for a series of charity gigs. Completing the group are Phil Cunningham, Marion founder member and New Order’s guitarist since 2001, and drummer Jeff Friedl, who plays for Devo.
ShadowParty’s debut – recorded in Boston, LA, Manchester and, of course, Macclesfield – is an album that nods to those groups but exists in its own right entirely, an indie electro album with guitars and strings, and guests including the incomparable vocalist Denise Johnson (Primal Scream, A Certain Ratio) and The Verve’s revered guitarist Nick McCabe.
It’s the sound of a blast. ShadowParty burst through your speakers; pulsing electronics get swept away with lush orchestrations, bold beats carved up by haunting guitars and vocals tower through each moment, whispering sweet harmonies and unspoken despair.
Listen to the band’s recent EP, Marigold, featuring live version of the title track recorded at Festival No.6 with orchestration by Joe Duddell plus new remix by Daybreakers (Ric Scott and Alex Hush, whose previous remixes include Erasure and Pet Shop Boys). The EP also includes a single edit of Marigold, taken from the band’s debut album, out now on Mute.
They perform at The Welly in Hull on March 12th, and The Leadmill in Sheffield on March 16th.