Posted on March 7th, 2018
[as seen on New Noise Magazine]
New Noise Magazine is pleased to be bringing forth the premiere of Already There by Shell Of A Shell. The record utilizes a lot of experimental aspects to the core genre of post-hardcore, as evidenced by the trance like opener “Problem.” With a steady pulse in the rhythm, the vocals are howling overtop and letting the song’s conclusion find its own sonic space. The songs are rather personal to Chappy Hull (Gnarwhal, Pile) and Shell Of A Shell definitely finds its own niche in the songwriter’s expansive repertoire.
Each track has its own cathartic and grit to it, allowing Already There to feel like a dive into the mind of Hull. The title track is a raw, visceral punch to the gut while other tracks search the atmosphere to pull something ethereal and frantic back down to earth, like “Rotten Plan.” Take a listen to the six track release below and prepare to dive into a world of impressive songwriting, creative dynamics and a slightly chaotic feel. The record is due out March 9th via Exploding In Sound Records. It’s the final installment of the EIS Tape Club (Water From Your Eyes, Big Heet, Maneka, etc) and a killer finale at that.
Shell of a Shell started as the bedroom side project of Chappy Hull (Gnarwhal, Pile), a simple exercise in personal songwriting. Eager to play out when he wasn’t busy with his other bands, Hull asked Nick Swafford (Teddy and the Rough Riders), Noel Richards (Watcher), and Dylan Liverman to fill out the sound he had laid of his demos, and the quartet became “a real band”. Their debut album, Already There, revolves around the idea of what life would be like without yourself and the answers you can never really get. Shell Of A Shell are exploring the idea of communication breakdown and the mental hoops we all jump through as a result.
The four clicked instantly and have played shows with bands such as Bully, Palm, Pallas, A Deer A Horse, Floral Print, Permanent Makeup, and more. Throughout the past year and a half Shell of a Shell has honed in on their sound, becoming more and more prevalent in the Nashville music scene and beyond.