(Photo credit: Raymond Flotat)
As Georgia-based band Kylesa gears up to release their new album, Exhausting Fire, they have released a stream of “Shaping The Southern Sky,” which is the second single from the record.
“Shaping The Southern Sky” continues the band’s theme of having two drum parts on their songs, which has become something of a defining characteristic for the Savannah sludge rockers. All of drum tracks on “Shaping The Southern Sky” and the Exhausting Fire lead single – “Lost and Confused” – were written and played solely by Carl McGinley, according to a press release.
“Shaping The Southern Sky” is a song that will catch listeners’ attentions from the start, thanks in part to the distortion on the guitar lines and bass parts, and those now-characteristic dueling drum lines, which will satisfy the appetites of those that like their music to be heavy. But, while this second single is heavy, it retains a melodic progression, and several key areas of transition to keep things interesting for those listening. One of those notable transitions is the featured bass and drum line that comes in at 2 minutes and 15 seconds, giving listeners a chance to appreciate the craftsmanship that went into McGinley’s drumming and the bass parts, respectively. Additionally, with a few sonic sounds added in for spice, this transition alerts listeners to a change with in the song, because it has created a sense of tension and wonder.
After several seconds pass, it revealed that there will be a change in the vocalist, with Phillip Cope temporarily taking over vocal duties from Laura Pleasants, in this portion of the song. To offset Cope’s vocals, and give him a chance to shine, his lines are sung at a slower pace than Pleasants. There is a haunting quality that’s found in his vocal delivery.
Then, the song begins to build, again, into a heavy jam session that reaches a crescendo with a blistering guitar solo.
Check it out:
After listening to this track, you may be wondering how this – and other new songs on Exhausting Fire – will transfer to a live setting. If you are really wanting to find out – and, perhaps, head bang along – you’re in luck as Kylesa is hitting the road for an extensive North American Tour. Their dates will take them to many major cities through out the U.S., and the band will even make it up to Canada for shows in Montréal and Toronto. So, be sure to take a look at the full listing of currently announced cities, venues, and dates, below.
Kylesa Tour Dates 2015
08/29: Durham, NC – Motorco
08/31: Charlottesville, Va – The Southern
09/01: New York, NY – Gramercy Theater
09/02: Montréal, QC – Cafe Campus
09/03: Toronto, ON – Mod Club Theater
09/04: Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
09/05: St. Louis, MO – Ready Room
09/06: Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
09/07: Augusta, GA – Sky City
10/06: St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
10/07: Miami, FL – Grand Central
10/08: Orlando, FL – The Social
10/09: Savannah, GA – Jinx
10/10: Asheville, NC – New Mountain
10/13: Columbus, OH – The Basement
10/14: Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid Scheme
10/16: Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
10/17: Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
10/19: Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
10/20: Philadelphia, PA – Black Box at Underground Arts
10/23: Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
10/24: Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
10/25: Alanta, GA – The Drunken Unicorn
11/06: Pomona, CA – The Glass House
11/07: Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre
11/08: San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
11/10: San Diego, CA – The Irenic
11/11: Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
11/13: Austin, TX – Red 7
11/14: Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
11/15: Dallas, TX – The Prophet Bar
11/17: Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
11/18: Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
11/19: Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
11/20: Boise, ID – Neurolux
11/21: Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
11/22: Seattle, WA – The Crocodile