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Perth alternative rock band Shangrila welcome two new members to their collective and celebrate the good times with brand new single “Sunlight“, streaming via MILKY today.

Shangrila have been busy behind the scenes piecing together their return after their sophomore EP, ‘Analog Youth‘, which was released in August of last year. Since the release the band has grown from a three-piece to a fully fledged five-piece welcoming two new members, Gabrielle Morri on bass and Chad Lambert on guitar.

We decided after the long and generally depressing COVID period that we needed to set our minds on something positive, and after welcoming two new members we thought this track would be a perfect breath of fresh air. We wanted to make sure we enjoyed every part of the process for this release and keep things moving in a positive direction after the constant show cancellations and uncertainty of the last couple years,” says the band

New single “Sunlight” stays true to the bands alt rock roots whilst also welcoming feel-good intervals that accentuate the theme of the track. “Sunlight is a song about blocking out the noise of the outside world and being in the moment with the person you love. It’s an ode to the big nights out and the special moments where everything else happening in your life just falls away for a while.” 

Shangrila will launch their colourful new single live at their headline show at Perth’s Amplifier Bar on Saturday July 2nd alongside Idle EyesSpici Water and Thank You Frank. The five-piece were also added to the unstoppable RedHook’s ‘Bring Ya Mates‘ tour, playing the Perth leg on Saturday May 14 at Jack Rabbit Slim’s with RinRin, tickets on sale now via Oztix.

Shangrila is an ever changing artistic outlet for each of the five members. Forming in 2018 by Jackson Macleod (guitar) and Devyn Jupp (vocals), the alt rock outfit has progressed and transformed into the quintet we see today with the added inclusion of Dan Harper (drums), Gabrielle Morri (bass) and Chad Lambert (guitar). Shangrila twist and turn between the boundaries of their particular genre, releasing music that feels genuine and unique to those involved. With close to 2 million overall Spotify streams to boast in just a short few years, Shangrila strive to continue to break the mould with each release.

The band released their highly praised debut EP ‘Love and Leaving’ in 2018 and quickly found themselves playing headline dates and shows supporting national and international acts such as Trophy Eyes, Dance Gavin Dance, Movements, Dashboard Confessional, Slowly, Slowly and more.

The emotional follow up single “Fade Away” and fan favourite “Happy” were released across 2019 and 2020, where the band continued to grow their fan base and sold out various headline shows. Their anticipated follow up EP ‘Analog Youth’ produced and mixed by Shane Edwards (Trophy Eyes, Hellions etc.) proved the perfect introduction to the band’s new sonic path, one that was well-received by industry and their fans alike.

Sunlight” is the next chapter, and is streaming now via MILKY. “Sunlight” will be streaming on all platforms tomorrow, Friday May 13.

Alternative rock trio Shangrila have released “Let You Down” as the third single to drop from forthcoming EP, ‘Analog Youth‘, out next Friday August 27. Watch here!

The single debuted on triple j Unearthed TOPs on Tuesday before the video went live with Pilerats on Wednesday with a play on triple j Short. Fast. Loud that night. This morning the single found its way onto huge Spotify playlists New Music Friday AU & NZRock Out. and Local Noise, reaching the ears of hundreds of thousands of listeners.

Written about the lingering effects of past relationship traumas, “Let You Down” uncovers the anxieties of entering into a new relationship and being subconsciously unable to let go of old trust and commitment issues. Vocalist Devyn Jupp highlights that “as the song progresses, it follows the relationship breaking down due to the person not allowing themselves to trust their partner from fear of history repeating. Once they are finally able realise the root of the problem is not from their present situation but from the ghost of the past relationship its already too late.
Exploring the twists and turns of growing up and the journey into adulthood, ‘Analog Youth’ is a coming of age offering, capturing the essence of youth and the different facets of life as we grow older to discover who we are. ‘Analog Youth’ is five moments in time, reflected through memories and emotions narrated over a nostalgic soundscape produced by Shane Edwards of Karma Sound Studios (Trophy EyesHellions) with additional engineering and production by Cody Brooks.

“Let You Down” feeds itself into the story as a track that represents navigating new relationships and learning to let go of toxic ties from the past. Jupp adds, “I’ve always found it interesting how every experience we have throughout our lives shapes the person we grow into and once you know the details of people’s past life experiences and relationships you start to understand how they have become the person they are today.”
Previous singles “Waiting” and “Lift Me Up tackled similar feelings that contribute to our ever-growing journey. Both singles have seen airtime on triple j and have racked up tens of thousands of Spotify and YouTube streams. “Lift Me Up” occupied a rotation spot on triple j Unearthed radio and was hailed as an “unbeatable rock anthem pouring a fountain of hope over its melodic waves of rocky beats” by Wall Of Sound and “tonally rich” and “smooth-as-hell” by KillYourStereo. “Waiting” welcomed a spin on Channel 7‘s Friday Night Football on its day of release and was added it Spotify editorial playlist Rock Out.

Launching “Lift Me Up” at Perth’s Amplifier Bar in late July, Shangrila sold out the show and delivered an unmissable performance. Due to demand, the trio are excited to return to the stage for their ‘Analog Youth’ EP launch at Rosemount Hotel on Saturday August 28, supported by Nautical MileStonehands and Pinwheel. Tickets available via Oztix.

Shangrila is Devyn Jupp (vocals), Jackson Macleod (guitars) and Dan Harper. With a band history stretching back almost a decade, the evolution of Shangrila is one that has been constant and ever intriguing. The release of their debut EP ‘Love and Leaving‘ and subsequent headline dates and shows supporting the likes of Trophy Eyes and Gyroscope proved the perfect introduction to the band’s new sonic path, one that was well-released by industry and their fans alike.

“Let You Down”, “Waiting” and “Lift Me Up” are available everywhere now. ‘Analog Youth’ will be available Friday August 27.