Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Zorch multi-instrumentalist Shmu shares first track from new EP, announces tour dates

"Compared to the manic sensibilities of Zorch, Shmu brings a more chilled-out vibe with elements of pop and shoegaze, opting for some serious grooves rather than spacey synths." -- ALARM Press

Sam Chown, drummer/singer/multi-instrumentalist in Austin's hyper-kinetic duo Zorch, A.K.A. Shmu shares the first track from the forthcoming Chroma Key EP today. The song, "She's Leaving" showcases the band's glitchy dream pop/shoegaze meets blue-eyed soul sound, listen/share HERE

Shmu -- a solo recording endeavor expanded to a three piece band in a live setting -- takes to the road throughout the Southwestern U.S. next month. Please see dates below. Watch the band in action performing "I've Got Nothing To Show" VIDEO HERE . 

The 5-song Chroma Key EP is the followup to Shmu's full length debut Discipline/Communication released in 2012. Like that album's melodic exploration into dream pop, shoegaze, glitch, psych and experimental rock, Chroma Key further expands the pop hooks with hazy layers of guitar and soulful vocals. Chown wrote, performed, arranged and produced all of the tracks which will be released January 14th as a download-only, the first in a series of EPs leading up to a double LP release in late 2014. It will also be available locally for Austin Free Week on download cards, beginning January 1st.  

01/03  Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn (Austin Free Week EP sampler release party)
01/08  Austin, TX @ Empire
01/11  Austin, TX @ Spiderhouse Ballroom (w/ Feuding Fathers, Boyfrndz)
01/15  Denton, TX @ Mac Island 
01/16  Ft Worth, TX @ Grotto's
01/17  Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
01/18  Oklahoma City, OK @ Blue Note
01/19  Shreveport, LA @ Fatty's
01/20  Texarkana, AR @ Silver Dollar
01/21  Hattiesburg, MS @ Thirsty Hippo *
01/22  Baton Rouge, LA @ Mud + Water * #
01/23  New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa #
01/24  Lafayette, LA @ Artmosphere * #
01/25  Houston, TX @ House of Creeps *
01/26  San Antonio, TX @ VHS 1138

* w/ Caddywhompus
# w/ Imaginelam

Artist: Shmu
Album: Chroma Key
Label: Grand Theft Zamboni Records
Release Date: January 14th, 2014

01. She's Leaving (MP3)
02. Mollasacre
03. Hornet's Nest
04. Made of Stone

05. Do You See What I See?

Artist: Shmu
Album: Discipline/Communication
Label: Grand Theft Zamboni Records
Release Date: June 5, 2012

01. Impressions
02. House of Stares (MP3) (VIDEO)
03. Backwoods
04. Directions
05. Crazy #107
06. Shadowgames
07. Happiness
08. Peaceful Swan
09. Vanitos
10. &hearts (MP3) (VIDEO)
11. Heads Will Fall
12. Floatin' Oculus
13. Turpentine
14. Fester
15. Dangerous Passion
16. Pool Party (Place 4 Us) (VIDEO)

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