Portland, Oregon’s Post-Punk Shoe-gazers SHADOWLANDS have released a new single “Low” with a video, watch below. The dark wave band is also releasing a new LP “003” on November 22nd via Icy Cold Records. You can catch the release event at Fixin To in Portland on November 23rd.
After listening to this album several times, I still continue to find so many little details every time I hear it. It is hard to pin down a favorite track simply because they all very well written and composed. This album brings memories flooding in of 90’s goth wave and is very enchanting and simply brilliant. Our top picks on the album are “low” and “The End.”
When Shadowlands’ guitarist of four years announced he was leaving the band for personal reasons, band vocalist and lead songwriter Amy Sabin was grappling with the recent death of a close friend. With the first few songs from third album “003” already underway, she was struggling to find direction with this loss. Enter Amy’s identical twin sister, Angie. Despite performing together as kids, they had never played in a band together, or ever fully considered the idea. Whether through their shared experience, shared DNA, or some other connection, Angie instinctively knew that she was a candidate for the open guitar role. Through a series of late night texts over the vision and shared desire to keep the band alive, Shadowlands was reborn. The band played one of Portland’s most popular venues just one month after Angie joined, followed by their first Treefort Fest Appearance.
Amy’s music explores anxiety, fear, depression, and isolation. Sabin’s songs sometimes contain moments of joy and subtle irony, a reminder that life can be hopeful and at times requires levity to persevere. Warm analog synths, shimmery guitar, and intricate rhythms carry you through these emotions made real by Amy’s dynamic voice and heartbreakingly vulnerable lyrics. The band is rounded out by Amy’s husband Casey Logan on drums and Amy’s “band husband” (she jokes it’s an official title earned after 15+ years playing in bands together), Jesse Elizondo on bass.
Shadowlands will release “003” on November 22nd and the band will celebrate with a release show on November 23rd at the Fixin To in Portland Oregon.