Shaky Shrines Shakes Things Up in PGH with New Release & Block Party
When Shaky Shrines was first formed by founding members Braden Faisant and Nate Hanson in July of 2013, they had no idea how quickly their musical journey would progress.
Pittsburgh’s bad-trip psychedelic rockers made major moves in just a little under two years, releasing four albums within their first year, performing at multiple venues around the city, and at events alongside touring acts.
Now, they’re prepping for the release of their first ever 7″ vinyl, titled “SATANIC PANIC,” as well as another full length LP to be recorded this July.
The band members are as versatile as they are talented: Chelsea “Let’s Get Ready to” Rumbaugh sings and plays keys; Nate Campisi plays the bass and has recorded everything Shaky Shrines has released thus far; Chris “Quincy” Weaver plays the drums; and guitarist and new addition, Dave Cerminara, recently joined the group after Brendan Miller’s departure.
Along with Faisant as frontman and Hanson on guitar, the group has developed a niche sound with an abundance of layers–think dark, brooding, edgy, and experimental. Faisant, whom we recently chatted with, attributes much of what propels their actual sound to their “deep love and appreciation of all things psychedelic,” as well as Campisi’s “incredibly driving bass playing.”
The new album is not only Shaky Shrines’ first vinyl release, it’s also their first album released on a record label thus far. When asked about their recent partnership with Pittsburgh based record label Velocity of Sound, Faisant had nothing but great things to say about the label and its owner: “Darren is quite possibly the coolest guy I’ve ever met. He releases and sells all of his 7” records at cost, so most of them cost $4 or less. He makes no money off of the record sales and helps bands put out high quality physical products. He is running this label simply because he loves music.”
So what can fans expect from the group’s latest album? According to Faisant, it’s “dark, loud, fast, and punishing.” Take a listen below, or stream it for free on bandcamp.
The band’s going all out to celebrate their new album and partnership with a block party and release show to follow on Sunday, May 24. Taking place on Willow Street (between 43-44th Street in Lawrenceville), the block party kickoff begins at noon and will be open to the public with an option to BYOB. For those wanting to grab a snack or a quick six-pack, Cattivo will have savory pizza slices and sixers of brews available for block party-goers throughout the day.
“Our set at Cattivo will be a healthy mix of older classics, a handful of brand new tunes, and finished off with the tracks from the release,” Faisant shared with us. Stay tuned…
Tickets for the show are on sale now, and can be purchased for $7. $10 tickets will also include a 7″ vinyl with purchase.