The Traveller is the debut album from Auckland four-piece, [shift]. The 11 tracks here will take you on a journey from ambient, yet hard hitting riff-rock in the vein of Foals, through to soaring ballads like ‘Anyway’. These songs will get in your head, a soundtrack for moments of beauty and moments of loss.At the same time epic, and laser-focussed, [shift] draw on the tradition of melodic, New Zealand rock bands such as Midnight Youth and Evermore. Yet, there’s variety too. ‘Julia’ breaks down into a tasteful, bluesy solo, while ‘Preacher Man Death’ puts the spotlight on a sledgehammer of a riff. The Traveller is an album that’s polished and hook-laden, full of yearning vocals, and above all, uplifting, towering songs.
Sam Burrows - guitar and vocals
Danny Doyle - bass
Peter Hall - lead guitar
Myke Wilson - drums
Guest vocals on [slade] by Blake Reade courtesy of Swifts and Sparrows (www.swiftsandsparrows.com)
All music written by Sam Burrows, Danny Doyle, Peter Hall and Myke Wilson
Hey Now, In The Middle, Jerusalem and [slade] written by [shift] with Simon Rose
All lyrics written by Sam Burrows except for Preacher Man Death (written by Sam Burrows and Timmy Cleary) and Citadel (written by Sam Burrows and Myke Wilson)
Recorded at Roundhead Studios
Additional Recording at Greenroom Studios in the mighty Morrinsville
Mixing done at Greenroom Studios
Final mixing and mastering at Revolver Studios
All of the above by Nathan Tiddy
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