Posted on February 20th, 2018
[as seen on Paste Magazine]
Shell of a Shell began as the bedroom project of Chappy Hull, known for his work in the post-hardcore bands Gnarwhal and Pile. After adding Nick Swafford (Teddy and the Rough Riders), Noel Richards (Watcher), and Dylan Liverman to the lineup, the result was Already There, a dreamy blend of punk aggression with polished, melodic sounds.
“To Disappear,” the bold yet fragile centerpiece of the record, is an elegant slow burn. Impossibly pretty rhythms crawl across a landscape of crisp, weaving guitars, eventually reaching a conclusion that is epic and intense, but still subtle. It’s fitting that according to Hull, the track is about “needing others and telling yourself you don’t,” as its battling elements make for a gorgeous contrast.