"It's like I have a mini breakdown between each song..."
Recorded live on May 4th 2019 in Krems, Austria for donaufestival 2019. This was Benjamin Shaw's first live performance in five years - www.donaufestival.at/de/programm/programm-2019/23-benjamin-shaw#2019-05-04-15h30
The material performed here is taken albums like 'Megadead,' 'Rumfucker,' 'There's Always Hope, There's Always Cabernet,' 'Guppy,' 'Goodbye, Cagoule World' and 'One Day We'll Laugh About All This.'
Dissected and reconstructed, the material here evolves often from lo-fi acoustic beginnings to an electronic pop that is both glistening and broken, like shattered glass. Shaw's fractured and frail vocal emotes misanthropic misery over an ocean of beats and waves of sound. Perfectly beautiful and beautifully imperfect.
Anyone who saw Benjamin Shaw performing live in and around London before his move to Australia and live hiatus will find a totally new sound and experience in these recordings.
Previous Press for Benjamin Shaw:
"A piece of work that could stand the test of time...The solitude is palpable." - Gold Flake Paint
"It’s a reminder that some of the most powerful emotions can bloom from the simplest of raw moments, and Shaw is an expert at crafting just those instances." - Drowned in Sound
"You wouldn't want everyone (or anyone else) to sound like Benjamin Shaw but I'm delighted someone does." - The Line Of Best Fit
“A wonderful beast.” - DIY Mag
"Benjamin Shaw is an outcast, a loner, a maverick and a freak. All of these are compliments." - CLASH Music
"Pop's outsider..." - The 405
“Puts you right beside its maker as he helplessly glares at himself in the mirror. But the music that soundtracks those dark moments is as beautiful as it is morose.” - The Alternative
“Though to focus on terrible feelings as a beginning and end is to miss the point.…To flatten this into the trope of anti-social introvert misses the true admixture of forces at work—the guilt, the shame, the dreams impossible to achieve. The promises that could never be kept, the nostalgia for things that never existed.” - Various Small Flames
“A chameleon of genres, the Melbourne-based Shaw has drifted through washes of shoegaze and fields of electronica, melding dissonant drones and folk affectations into an incredibly singular and raw brand of confessional music, its ennui palpable.” - Dimestore Saints
“Imagine yourself sitting in an empty room. All the lights are off...Your nails dig into the back of your head and you tug at your hair, wondering how hard you could pull before you finally rip it out of your skull. That’s what it feels like to listen to Benjamin Shaw.” - Atwood Magazine