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The Shakin’ Nightmares emerge from the pandemic with a new line up, new sound and a brand new single, Riding Away. 

The band recruited two members (guitarist Rob Harvey and drummer Josh Robson) in March last year, helping them move into garage rock territory, and have since spent the past year recording both at Young Thugs in York and a rented office room in Marske.

This fuzzed up new offering doesn’t mess about and gallops off all at breakneck speed with all guns blazing. It’s a two and a half minute blast of energy, complete with punked-up choruses, wailing guitars and vocals delivered with a Motorhead level intensity, that will most definitely blow the cobwebs away from your stagnant, pandemic-weary soul. 

We’re delighted to have been given an exclusive first peak at the video that accompanies the track. But first, lead singer and guitarist Ryan Pilot tells us more about the song and the visuals…

“The song is called Riding Away, so I went out with a camera to try to get some shots that felt like a ride around a wild area. The wilderness of Coatham Dunes and the derelict steel works fit the vibe of the song, which is about escaping from modernity and living a more natural, wild life.

“The glitchy band shots give it a frantic feel, we couldn’t get anything clean with our complete lack of filmmaking skills and dodgy green sheets from Boyes, so we went with something messy. I’ve tried to give an old film feel to match the vintage garage tones we’ve used in the recording.

“Drums were recorded at Young Thugs in York, but all guitars and vocals were done in Marske by ourselves. Jordan Ray from Avalanche Party, who I shared the space with, helped capture my vocal performances and his bandmate Jared Thorpe came by to Young Thugs when our producer Jonny Hooker was mixing and improvised some saxophone. The sax is kept subtle in the mix, but if you listen closely you’ll hear it popping in and out.

“We’ve changed and developed the band a lot through the pandemic and this track is a statement by the new Shakin’ Nightmares to define our dark, fuzzy rock & roll sound.”

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