SHAKING CHAINS SHARE SECOND SINGLE,
Released on 20th October on Concrete Recordings
Manchester band Shaking Chains are streaming their second single today scheduled for release on October 20th via Concrete Recordings. ‘Into Dust’ is a marching indie track that the band refer to as “the soundtrack to impending nuclear Armageddon” as explained below by bass/vocalist, Nathan Mcilroy.
Shaking Chains borrow their name from ‘The Masque of Anarchy’, a poem written when Shelley was in exile, to portray his disgust with the Peterloo Massacre and the encroaching parochialism of the England in which he fled (‘Shake your chains to earth like dew, which in sleep had fallen on you. Ye are many – they are few’). More Chartists than chart hits, they are a four piece produced in The North long after production halted, currently treading water under the dark streets of London (having played music together, in one form or another, since they were at school).
In an age where groups live and die in the time it takes them to amass a student loan debt, they have stayed together, like a dysfunctional family – chained – through mutual misunderstanding, begrudging love and harrowing shared experience. They’ve seen the changing musical landscape gorge on itself and spew out pale imitations, enough times, to inoculate themselves from hype and ceremony. Instead, they’ve concentrated on their neurotic craft and sullen art.
Shaking Chains are Jack Mahoney (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Nathan Mcilroy (Bass/Vocals), Alex Solo (Guitar/Vocals) & Jack Hardiker (Drums/Vocals). The single was produced and mixed by Oli Barton-Wood and recorded at The Gizzard Analogue Recording Studios in Bow, East London.
Nathan explains in detail what Into Dust is about:
“Human history is littered with occasional bouts of enlightenment.
Brief pauses in the slaughterhouse production line.
Fag breaks in the fabric of time.
Optimists believe the pendulum will swing back from the abyss any century now, although, lesser mortals could be forgiven, for thinking that we won’t make it past the next turn of the wheel…
Twisted desire to return to an imagined past?
Misplaced sense of self-importance?
Inclination to blame scapegoats instead of facing reality?
And so it continues. An endless stream of stupefied heads, trickling down the steps of Ponzi scheme pyramids – clogging up the hourglass.
Still, during moments of reprieve, it is important to remember – that when Rome burned and the lynch mob brayed – Nero picked up his fiddle and played.”
“To rise and fall like the splintered wheel
Collapsing as it turns another civilisation
Single Launch Live Dates:
October 7th London – Sebright Arms
November 24th Manchester Night n Day