Canadian folk-rock four-piece Shred Kelly will release their most ambitious project yet in their fourth album, Archipelago, out today. The collaborative song-writing and influences of Tim Newton, Sage McBride, Jordan Vlasschaert and Ty West has resulted in a compilation of dreamy, yet explosively exciting songs to make Archipelago.
The band spoke with The Fountain about what we can expect from this record as well as their favourite gig to date.
TF: A new album, how exciting, what can we expect from that?
We are very excited to share our new album Archipelago. We worked with producer Howard Redekopp to bring out a new sound for us which was more polished than our past efforts. The eleven songs feature our signature high energy folk rock sound but with dreamier layers giving it an added ethereal feel overall. The songs typically start on the folk side of things and build to a frenzy of sing-along choruses, harmony and crescendos.
TF: What inspired you to title it Archipelago?
We decided to name the album after the opening track because the song seemed to have a theme that fit with the rest of the songs. The song Archipelago is about a trip we had taken to a chain of islands off the coast of Sweden near Stockholm a few years back and realizing the similarities between that area and where we grew up in Canada. That theme of connectedness seemed to resonate throughout the album so we felt it was a good fit.
TF: And are you promoting this with a tour, can we expect you in Scotland anytime soon?
Yes! We are embarking on our very first UK tour on October 25th to promote the new album and we are so keen to see the cities, towns and countryside of England and Scotland. We are playing at Nice N Sleazy in Glasgow on November 3rd.
TF: And what has it been like working with DevilDuck Records?
DevilDuck records feels like a family to us. We absolutely love working with them. They have been so supportive by bringing us on as the first band on their newly expanded worldwide label, and helping us to develop in the European market and beyond.
TF: What has been your favourite gig to date, do you have one?
We played a set at Kaslo Jazz Fest this summer in beautiful Kaslo, British Columbia. The festival is situated on a beach overlooking a gorgeous lake surrounded by towering mountain peaks. The main stage is a giant barge floating on the lake just off the beach and the back of the stage is open so that boats can pull up and watch from behind. We are there performing and we can’t believe that we’re on a floating stage with a 360 degree view of forest, lake, boats, peaks and a raging crowd. It’s one of the most magical places you can imagine to take in live music and it was one of those sets for us where all the pieces seemed to fall into place.
Archipelago is out today via DevilDuck Records and Shred Kelly perform in Nice N Sleazy, Glasgow, on 3rd November.