Dear Shadow Shines On Their Debut Album "Galvanize"
Fans of Deftones and Coheed And Cambria will find a welcoming sound coming from the Atlanta music scene this year, as the band Dear Shadow has released their freshman album, Galvanize, to the public. It’s a work drenched in echoes of styles formed by bands from the turn of the [21st] century, but with a personal spin, creating a deep melodic atmosphere with burning riffs and an inviting and refreshing sense of structure.
I reached out to the band for more information, in an attempt to digest their new album on a personal level. Through a few questions I found out that Dear Shadow was formed out of a friendship between guitarist and lead singer Trence King and guitarist Evan Robinson, who wished to collaborate on the many songs King had written. Together they built these songs into the sound they have today that forms the basis of the band, deciding on a name that would be a symbol of the connections one has “to their inner aspirations and dreams”. The band chose the name "Dear Shadow" to express a “mental note for people to continue to shine light upon themselves”, encouraging others to reach their artistic and creative desires. This message carries through into their album, Galvanize, as a vehicle to express their love for humanity and unity in all people.
“Each and every song on the album contains an element that everyone can relate to, and we wanted people to do just that”, the band confided, on their initiation into the musical scenery of Georgia. They kick off the album with their hard-rock piece "Fire Kinesis", a song that feels quite different from how the rest of the album flows, with its aggressive nature more clearly defined. As the album develops, we find enchanting instrumental pieces in "Black Orchid" and "Vision" that are incredibly easy to get lost in, aurally, bombarding one with soothing echos and delays. The remaining tracks each have additional individual charms; though "Blue Insignia" and "Limbo" take the listener in to a smoother alternative rock sound, they still both burn with passion, anger, and release, with the latter featuring one of my favorite chorus hooks on the album. "The Creature and the User", while boasting one of the heavier sounds on this album, also has the most potential to be the song you sing with your friends while smashing into them in the pit, while "Phantom Lane" completes the set with great polyphony between the guitar riffs and vocal tracks, hearkening to that aforementioned Coheed And Cambria influence.
While Dear Shadow is relatively new, they have quickly developed a large sound that’s incredibly satisfying. They are currently performing as a trio, with King and Robinson adding JD Malik on drums, and are excited to see their live performances gaining more attention, from fans moshing during performances of "Fire Kinesis" to donning their shirts after a performance. Their positive and supportive message is encouraging to the scene, creating a space for imagination to flourish. The music of Dear Shadow at times submerges you into a watery darkness, only to wake from it feeling rejuvenated and somehow wiser to the world. So take a moment to get lost into this album yourself, and traverse the heavy and melodic density that is Galvanize.