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Chase the Sun

by The Shrike

The follow-up EP to the band's 2015 debut, this album showcases The Shrike's riff-driven cinematic take on alternative rock, featuring powerful female vocals.
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1. Chase the Sun
4:01 $0.99
2. Prelude
0:48 $0.99
3. The Great Silence
6:00 $0.99
4. I Am
4:20 $0.99
5. Candlelight
4:54 $0.99
6. All I Know Is True
4:42 $0.99
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Album Notes
Press for Chase the Sun EP

Coinciding with their upcoming tour, Portland’s The Shrike are releasing an E.P. of new material. For fans of this band, there isn’t a track on Chase The Sun that won’t be welcomed with open arms—the band is in fine form. From the crystal-clear production, to each of the elements found in their songwriting, you really can’t go wrong. The music, is a mix of Concrete Blonde and early Pat Benatar—the latter also found in the attitude and soul of the vocals with the clarity and power of Candice Night. The vocal harmonies—on “I AM” in particular—are utterly enchanting, only adding to the weight of their established sound: a sturdy amount of minor and Arabic progressions at the core, with guitar solos and violin solos that can both shred and convey a weight of emotion, each when needed for maximum effect. “The Great Silence” has an incredible groove between the bass and drums which illustrates the rock-solid base the rest of the band can rely on for all of their compositions. “Candlelight” is worth the cost of admission alone. An E.P. from an underground band that really shouldn’t be ignored by fans of music in general. 

-- Echo Eyes Entertainment // Robert Robb

A fiery and standout alternative rock band out of Portland, The Shrike are set to release their new EP, Chase The Sun, on October 19. The new release comes on the heels of the band’s hugely-successful 2015 self-titled debut album, an album which dished out a combination of alternative, melodious and hard-rocking songs, which were enhanced by Jamie Lynn Summerfield’s savvy chops on electric violin.

Chase The Sun introduces five new tracks, with several of the members taking part in all aspects of songwriting, giving the collection plenty of variety. The EP starts out with the title track, and is an upbeat, rocking way to set in motion the quality and strength throughout rest of the release. “The Great Silence” features a beautiful trumpet piece for the intro, written just for this song by Joe Good, who recorded and performed the section on here as well.

Songs “I AM” and “All I Know Is True” both include Jamie Lynn’s gift on the electric violin, yet both songs feature very different feels, with “I AM” being a harder-edged tune with powerful drum beats from drummer Darren Linder, while “All I Know Is True” is more of a love song, with Summerfield’s vocals comparable to that of Heart. “Candlelight” is very seductive with a bit of mystery, gently swaying the listeners back and forth. The Shrike’s guitarist, known as The Craw, plays beautifully throughout, but perhaps a bit too sparingly in places.

New member Roya Hellbender provides plenty of powerful lower-end grooves on the bass, making the link between harmony and rhythm fit together nicely and giving this EP a well-rounded experience for the listener.
Chase The Sun is a fantastic EP that is definitely worth a listen, especially if you have never listened to The Shrike before.

-- Northwest Music Scene // Tracey Salisbury

A few months ago, I had the privilege to review the debut album from a Portland's 4 piece known as The Shrike… Their creative potential, individual and collective musicianship was undeniably above average, which would guarantee the best working basis for their follow-up release…

"Chase the Sun" is a tasty five track EP with bonus Prelude that sees the band explore more indie alt rock grooves instead of persisting in building upon their strongest influences such like Rush, Kansas, Montrose, Sammy Hagar, Van Halen, or Heart to state just the more obvious ones. 

This new EP sees the band take a sort of surprising turn in their sound. The Shrike seems to feed their songs from rather eclectic sources, which allow them to claim [a sound] of their own and a refusal to mimic their most cherished influences. 

The EP is positively more pop than their full-length, though it keeps The Shrike’s main sonic features: Jamie Lynn's brilliant use of the electric violin adding that surplus of Celtic, Eastern and Gipsy flavor to the songs. 

It also highlights the very best vocals of the singer in the line of duty: Jamie Lynn stands as one of The Shrike’s most valuable assets with a vocal range that allows the band to attack songs of different tones and warmth from power pop to heartfelt hard rock ballads. Her vocals and singing seem to be a light infusion of Stevie Nicks, Belinda Carlisle and Neko Case and this is the best I can say about her singing.

Then there is the cohesive and inventive rhythm section. Roya Hellbender adds extra melodic feel to bassline patterns, that bring to mind some gothic groove, that definitely help explored harmonies that match nicely with the energetic, elaborate drumming of Darren Linder reminding more and more to be a blend of Alex Van Halen dynamics with Mike Bordin exquisite ways of filling rhythms with rich percussionist details.

"Chase the Sun" allows the experimented listener to plunge deep into the bands soundscape and get addicted to the classy, polished great guitar playing by Steven Hall with his delicious trademark riffing, embellished chord progressions and a wise, never excessive use of soloing that give the songs an undeniable sonic seal.

-- Indievotion

The Alternative rock scene is a very varied genre, you never know what to expect, but now and again it throws up some little gems. And this EP is one of them, a high quality classy affair indeed. The EP has a great mixture. Great songs all delivered in the bands unique style. 'THE GREAT SILENCE' and 'CANDLELIGHT' to me are outstanding; sit down and absorb them, worth getting this EP for those two tracks alone. Personally I love every highly enjoyable number, and I am totally satisfied and pleasantly surprised by the quality of the songs and the way they were arranged. It is obvious that THE SHRIKE are a class act with great musicianship oozing out of every song gathered here. This EP is a must buy. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED…10/10

-- Black Phoenix Rising

The Shrike is an interesting blend of 80s goth rock and 90s grunge and college rock... Not since My Dying Bride have I heard this orchestral instrument used in rock music so well. Utilizing unusual melodies and stirring combinations of styles, The Shrike is probably one of the least heavy bands that I can say I actually like.

-- Mass Movement Magazine // Jim Dodge



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