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As with all debut releases from bands touted as ‘the next big thing’, there are a few mixed emotions currently floating around the orbit surrounding Redcar’s The Shakin’ Nightmares.  “We’re really excited to get the EP out so that people can hear it, that’s for sure,” advises vocalist and guitarist Ryan Pilot, “but there’s a slight nervousness there too for me.  You spend so long writing and then recording the music, that you spend a while trying to reconnect with some of the songs. Some of the songs have been with us for so long that you become protective of them and releasing them feels slightly scary.”

Given the band’s desire to tell tales of the good and bad in human emotions, coupled with a desire to circumvent the 21st Century’s slew of information, disinformation and lies, it comes as no surprise that their music is as dramatic as its subject matter. With some tracks written three years ago in some cases, Revenge & Regret is made up of the type of rock and roll songs that conjure the spirit of early Cure or mid-point Interpol. Dark, atmospheric and heavily intense, Revenge & Regret is a magnificent piece of work in its search for consistent musical themes and big ideas; an intent that consistently drove the band forward.  “We had a definite idea with the EP, and a sound we wanted to create. That certainty was both a help when we were writing and recording the tracks, but it also meant that some songs we wrote had to be left off the EP as they didn’t fit with the overall spirit,” continues Pilot, although he’s also quick to explain that work has already begun on an album’s worth of new material. “We hope to get that recorded early next year and it’s most likely to build on Revenge & Regret’s sound but take us in new directions.”

Dark, atmospheric and heavily intense, Revenge & Regret is a magnificent piece of work in its search for consistent musical themes and big ideas

It’s not just the recording of a new album that’s fuelling the band’s fire at the moment, there’s also a November tour coming up which will promote the EP to a wider audience, and three music videos on the horizon which will bring visual elements to their unique sound.

Not letting future plans get ahead of the present though, the band’s next couple of months centre around the EP both in its launch and also its promotional tour. “We can’t wait to get out there and play these tracks live, that’s our main focus at the moment,” Pilot enthuses. Pushed for a personal favourite from the EP, and a track the band are looking forward to playing live the most, I Wish comes as an easy answer. “That’s the song we’re probably all most proud of and it’s a great song to play live. As much as we hope the EP connects with our audience, our focus is to not think about any expectations anyone might have with the band, but instead to get out, put on a great show, and hope that people enjoy what we do. If we do that then the rest should all fall into place.”

The Shakin’ Nightmares release Revenge & Regret on Friday 1st November, and perform at Saltburn House on Saturday 9th, Stockton’s Sound It Out Records on Saturday 23rd and Gateshead’s Black Bull on Friday 29th November



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