Single Premiere: “Haul Away Joe,” by Shane Parish

Hit the waves with Shane Parish’s stormy avant-garde guitar interpretation of “Haul Away Joe,” from his upcoming LP on Dear Life Records, Liverpool.

On this record, Parish, an Athens, GA based guitarist, has given new life to old sea shanties and other nautical ballads by translating both their melodies and tone into vividly abstract guitar-centric soundscapes.

His newly released take on the classic “Haul Away Joe,” features Parish transforming his guitar into a siren call, which repeatedly beams the original tune’s melody with a ghostly quiver. As the song progresses, bass and drums eventually emerge into the background, and they build with increasing levels of distortion and tension until the entire piece descends into utter chaos. It feels as though you’ve been rowing on a wooden ship in time with the old work song for so many days, you’ve started to lose grip on reality. The track’s cataclysmic ending, with its crashing percussion and howling guitar, could make you believe that madness is finally wreaking havoc with your cabin fever-stricken mind. Check it out below:

Liverpool will be available through Dear Life Records on CD, digital and vinyl March 4th. Click here to preorder your copy now.


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Published by Record Crates United

Keith Hadad, the creator and manager of RCU, has been a contributing writer to Elmore Magazine and and maintains a regular column, “Keith Hadad’s Choice,” in Blicker magazine. His writing has also appeared in the Smithsonian Folkways' Guest Blog and the Optical Sounds Fanzine. Also, please check out the blog's super-active Instagram account, @recordcratesunited for daily blurb-styled music reviews.

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