Posted on May 4th, 2023

Exploding In Sound Records is thrilled to announce the return of St. Louis' Shady Bug and their upcoming EP, What's The Use? Due out on June 30th, the record was recorded in Nashville with Pile's Alex Molini handling production together with the band. They are sharing the lead single, "lizard," and its music video today, together with summer tour dates. The EP is an evolution in Shady Bug's music, with vocalist/guitarist Hannah Rainey coming into her own and taking more control of the band's sound.

Speaking about "lizard," Hannah Rainey shared:

"Lizard was written while I was still in my relationship but I knew I needed to leave so I could grow, aka shed my old layer of lizard skin. It was really hard to leave the relationship because I knew I would regret either decision and be sad. Tossing and turning, not knowing how to go on. The Lizard year is a reflection of wanting that growth so bad but having many doubts.

We made a cowboy themed music video which I am very excited about. The outro is really long and we crescendo into a nuts fuzz loud wildin’ out section. We were lucky to get to be in the Pile HQ in [Alex] Molini’s studio - I got to use my own amp but also Rick [Maguire]’s and we had big stacks and Molini’s amps to work with. I got to play the outro loud as fuck and make insane feedback noises which was really fun to record."

The "lizard" video is directed by Lana Dvorak with cinematographer/editor Dylan Schnitke and editor Delia Rainey. What's The Use? is out June 30th via Exploding In Sound Records.


05/31 - St Louis, MO @ The Sinkhole w/ Joyer
07/17 - St Louis, MO @ The Sinkhole w/ Pardoner
07/18 - Nashville, TN @ Drkmttr
07/19 - Atlanta, GA @ 529
07/20 - Durham, NC @ Pinhook
07/22 - Baltimore, MD @ Joe Squared
07/23 - Easthampton, MA @ Marigold Theatre
07/24 - Providence, RI @ Lost Bag
07/25 - Boston, MA @ O'Brien's
07/26 - Brooklyn, NY @ Baby's All Right
07/27 - Philadelphia, PA
07/28 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Government Center
07/30 - Kalamazoo, MI @ Punk Hazard
07/31 - Chicago, IL @ Sleeping Village

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