Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown Announce New Album, ‘Pressure’

The band’s fourth studio set will be released through Snakefarm Records on October 16.

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Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown have announced the release of their new album, Pressure, through Snakefarm Records, on October 16. The record’s first single, “Crazy Days” is out now and you can check the song’s official video out below.

“Crazy Days”, which features Bryant’s wife, Rebecca Lovell from roots rock duo Larkin Poe, was the first of the band’s new tracks to emerge, written and recorded at the start of lockdown; an instinctive howl at the moon – upbeat, hopeful, talking of the times.

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“I was imagining nights out with my friends, packed concerts, and so many other things that felt beyond reach,” reflects vocalist / guitarist Tyler Bryant. “Music has always allowed us to travel to a different place, and this song made us feel good right away. I truly hope it makes others feel the same.”

With a house full of gear, plus the support of producer Roger Alan Nichols, a longstanding friend, maybe an EP could be crafted. 4 new tracks, possibly even 6? But then like every act, The Shakedown’s live schedule was now sitting on the shelf, so here was a chance to focus on the 30 to 40 new songs they had in their locker and turn the EP into something greater.

With bassist Noah Denney having recently left the ranks on friendly terms, it was down to Tyler, drummer Caleb Crosby and guitarist Graham Whitford to cast obstacles aside, reach for the bass when required (Bryant handles most of these parts) and focus in on their collective mission, with new compositions (“Hitchhiker”, “Coastin’’) coming to life in the process.

The result is Pressure, the midwest rockers’ fourth studio album – 13 new numbers, including a re-recorded version of “Crazy Days”, plus guest appearances from Lovell (3 tracks) and Blackberry Smoke’s Charlie Starr (“Holdin’ My Breath”). A record with a clear theme and a never-say-die spirit.

Tyler Bryant said: “We were backed into a corner with the world shutting down and knew our only response was to turn up loud in a basement and make something. Everyone feels pressure in their life at certain points, it’s often difficult to know how to cope, and this was our way of dealing with things.

“There were countless limitations to making this album in lockdown, but these limitations ultimately fuelled us creatively. We had no rules, and the road blocks we encountered forced us to find other ways to the destination we were hell bent on reaching.

“Our goal with this album was to empower ourselves to push back against the pressures we were feeling until something beautiful happened. We hope it inspires others to do the same. Now is the time for us to send the needle into the red.”

Pressure is out on October 16. Scroll down to read the full tracklist and pre-order it here.

“Pressure”
“Hitchhiker”
“Crazy Days” (feat. Rebecca Lovell)
“Backbone”
“Holdin’ My Breath” (feat. Charlie Starr)
“Like The Old Me”
“Automatic”
“Wildside”
“Misery”
“Fuel”
“Loner”
“Fever”
“Coastin’”

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