The Shore





Originating from Detroit, Philly, Dana Point, CA and Los Angeles, the quartet that are better known as The Shore formed in 2002 in Silver Lake. The brainchild of frontman Ben Ashley, The Shore quickly came together through the strength of Ashley’s demos and the band were inked to Maverick Records. Time was of the essence, and the foursome were almost immediately thrown into the studio, where Ashley unveiled a plethora of new tracks, many of which show up on the band’s self-titled introduction. “Firefly” is quite the nice starting place. Evocative of a Coldplay/The Verve/Jeff Buckley summit, the track is a rocker with atmospheric undertones that stands out, even in today’s changing musical landscape. But it’s not just the lead track that is ridden with quality; almost the entirety of the band’s debut is worthy of mention. Verve-esque album opener “The Hard Road”, is as good a starting point as any, slide guitar and shuffly rhythms backing Ashley’s soulful and throaty delivery to near perfection. Along with Verve-influenced numbers, and the band’s Stone Roses’ “I Am The Resurrection”-like closer, “Coming Down”, there are also a chunk of tunes that would make the band the favorite of 18-year-old girls across the nation, were they to appear in the right film or TV show. Among them are the sweeping heartstring tuggers that are “Waiting For The Sun”, “Hold On”, and “Different Ways”, just to name a few of the tracks that fit that bill. Using The Shore as a touchstone, there is no reason to believe that The Shore can’t step into the void left by Richard Ashcroft’s skygazing rock act, once again melding bass-heavy grooves with spacey guitars and emotive delivery. The Shore are already burning as bright as fireflies, but it looks like they have other celestial objects in their plans for the future.

The Shore
Maverick Records

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The Shore