Born in the depths of the high school band room, Brisbane’s Shag Rock have managed - through sheer determination, skill and plenty of shenanigans - to sell out multiple national and international tours and amass over 40 million streams worldwide.
Since the release of their debut full-length album Barefoot (2017), the indie surf-poppers have toured the USA, embarked on multiple sold-out headline tours locally and across the ditch, and toured with the likes of Ocean Alley, Lime Cordiale and The Rubens. With over 16 million streams alone on their single ‘Sunbleached Girl’ they’ve collected a passionately loyal fan-base.
What has kept the fans coming back? Jacob Reed (vocals and guitar) says it’s simple. “We’ve met so many great people and they always seem unbelievably stoked. We’d like to think our stoke is bringing their stoked-selves back.”
Over the past three years, the comfortably dishevelled group of Alex Wilson (vocals and guitar), Jacob Reed (vocals and guitar), Nick Cavdarski (Bass) and Max Beech (Drums) have had their heads buried deep in the lyric books trying to stoke things once more. The dedicated group of lifelong mates are now emerging into the glow after spending months on end in the recording studio.
Recently welcoming Brisbane via Townsville’s Tayla Young to the band, the lovable livers of life, are back with a taste of their most substantial body of work yet - a double album. With tracks written as far back as 2015, Double Overhead is the band’s huge 18 track, double sided ‘magna carta’.
Working with long-time friend and producer Ian Haug (Powderfinger, The Church) and signed to his label Airlock Records, the band have released a string of new singles including ‘Flicker’, ‘Golden Lungs’, ‘Creaky Minds’, ‘Blur’ and ‘Wild Thing’. Recent single ‘April Nights’ landed in Spotify’s New Music Friday and Rock Out Playlists as well as Apple Music’s New Music Daily.
The band have an ability to write music that spans generations. Recently selling out staple Brisbane venus such as The Tivoli and filling The Triffid four times over, they have lodged a special place in the hearts of Australian music-lovers, and hope to edge more feels with the release of their most profound body of work Forever, Whatever
This new era of shaggy groove is set to open a new chapter for the band and whilst remaining true to their well-known optimism and cruisey vibes.