Benjamin Shaw single, album, live shows
aaamusic | On 25, Jul 2011
New single ‘When I Fell Over In The City / The Carpeteer’ out August 22nd
Album ‘There’s Always Hope, There’s Always Cabernet’ due November 21st
“If you think you’ve heard the likes of Benjamin Shaw before, think again. TLOBF Recommended.” – The Line Of Best Fit
“Up there with the best of this year… 8/10.” – The Music Fix.co.uk
“Defiantly ramshackle..the only fear is that Shaw’s style may fail to attract the attention it deserves.” – The Skinny
“Drowns his woes in wine, black coffee and cacophony…An Introducing classic” – Tom Robinson (BBC 6Music)
“Brilliantly moving – 9/10.” – The 405
“When I Fell Over In The City / The Carpeteer” is the double A-side single taken from Benjamin Shaw’s “I Got The Pox, The Pox Is What I Got” EP. We’re milking his only pop song before we alienate everyone who’s still listening with…“There’s Always Hope, There’s Always Cabernet” – the debut album out November 21st.
Its impenetrable Lo-Fi Megasoul will either send him up into the stars or deep into the abyss. Either way, it’ll be great – dissonance and majesty smothering your principles.
Now, as you may know, Blackpool is a town built on disappointment and despair. Growing up on these windy shores, Benjamin Shaw had an awful lot of time on his hands.
After a period of particular awfulness, and a deep descent, Ben fell for a whimsical fair lady on the other side of the planet, and promptly moved his life over to Melbourne, Australia. After a year in Melbourne, playing gaggles of shows Ben returned to England with a wife and an array of new songs and recordings. Now living in the woods of North London, Ben has recently been playing all the main dives you’ve never heard of.
Shaw is a “missed grunge by a couple of years” superstar if ever there was one. Okkervil Rivers, Jeffrey Lewises and Sparklehorses have become the diet, and with all the agility you would expect from a gangly, pale washing line of a man, Benjamin Shaw is coming at you.
His “I Got The Pox, The Pox Is What I Got” was released in the colder months of 2009. It was six and a half songs of nausea, noise and hilarious anecdote…then things got serious.