Shy Child bring the Noize

From New York Shy Child are Pete Cafarella on vocals and keytar and Nate Smith on drums.

Shy Child are leaders of what is known as the American branch of the new rave movement that's sweeping the globe. They formed in 2000 after Cafarella and Smith played in punk-funk outfit El Guapo. Scenesters on NYC's chi-chi club circuit, Shy Child toured Europe and Japan, and in summer 2006 they signed with UK label Wall of Sound with whom they released 'Noise Won't Stop' earlier this year.

Their sound is a combination of pulsing electro-beats and precise musicianship all married together to produce something ambiguous and attractive in an androgynous sort of way.

They've toured with Hot Chip, Chemical Brothers, CSS and Klaxons and remixed Editors and Futureheads among others, but really they sound like no one else. The keyboard FX (squiggles, buzzes, sirens) and synth flourishes are either prog-ish (they dig Rush) or mentasmic (they've heard of Joey Beltram) and the vocals recall the art-wave drone singing of Andy Partridge or David Byrne. Some of their songs are aciiiidic, a few bear traces of rock at its most solo-centric, others are 80s electro-pop revisited or Timbaland-ish twitch-grooves, while a couple sound like booty-shakers for funky humanoids in a 23rd century disco.

In early 2007, Shy Child released the singles “Drop the Phone” and “Noise Won't Stop” in the UK. They supported Klaxons on their tour of England in May, the same month that they released their album 'Noise Won't Stop.' The band has been touring in the UK and Europe since, including playing the XFM stage at the O2 Wireless Festival in Hyde Park, supporting Muse at Wembley Stadium on June 17, 2007, playing the Dance tents at the Reading and Leeds Festivals, performing at Bestival, as well as performing on the television show Later with Jools Holland. The group released their most recent single “Summer” in September 2007 and has planned a headline tour around the UK for October.

Shy Child has also remixed songs for The Futureheads, Editors, Archie Bronson Outfit, and The Boggs; their remixed version of The Boggs' “Arm in Arm” was featured in a trailer for Grand Theft Auto IV.

Shy Child began their UK tour on 11th October

16 Oct 2007 20:00
Cavern Club (16+) Exeter, UK
17 Oct 2007 20:00
Barfly (14+) Cardiff, Wales
18 Oct 2007 20:00

19 Oct 2007 20:00
Other Rooms (18+) Newcastle, UK
20 Oct 2007 20:00
Charlotte (16+) Leicester, UK
22 Oct 2007 20:00
Academy 3 (14+) Manchester, UK
23 Oct 2007 20:00
Leadmill (14+) Sheffield, UK
24 Oct 2007 20:00
ULU (14+) London, UK
26 Oct 2007 20:00
Academy (14+) Oxford, UK
27 Oct 2007 20:00
Bar Academy (14+) Birmingham, UK
28 Oct 2007 20:00
Cockpit (14+) Leeds, UK
29 Oct 2007 20:00
King Tut’s (14+) Glasgow, Scotland
31 Oct 2007 20:00
Thekla (18+) Bristol, UK
1 Nov 2007 20:00
Joiners (14+) Southampton, UK

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