Genre: Alternative / Indie
Location Islington, London and South East, Un
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Last Login: 8/23/2011
Member Since 3/13/2006
Record Label Typically Magic Records
Type of Label Indie
BioDOYA Shibuya? In 2006 Shibuya Crossings was formed as a solo project by Northern Irish singer and main songwriter Declan Harrington. After writing and recording debut album 'Songs For Lovesick Teenagers' in his London flat, Declan was joined by Gareth Evans on Guitar, Rob Toshman on Bass and Ian Escario on drums. In the year and a half that followed, the band released 2 singles (Typically, Everybody Thinks You're Dead & Can You Prove Something To Me) to critical acclaim, recorded 2 BBC radio sessions, and had their singles played on Radio 1, XFM and 2FM in Ireland In 2009 the band took a break from live shows to focus on writing and recording their second album. Around 20 songs came out of the initial pre-production sessions, 14 of which were recorded for the album with producer Richard Knowler (who also worked with Declan on the first album). Entitled DOYA (Depend On Your Alter-Ego), the record is due for release in June 2011. The new material sees the sound of the band progress in newer directions with the influences of Gareth, Rob and Ian very evident in the recordings. First single "Take It Out On Me" was released in October 2010 and received plays on BBC Radio 1, Radio Ulster and various online stations around the world. In the run up to the new album release, second single "At Eight in a Spanish Bar" will hit the download stores on 22nd April. UK live dates are set to be announced shortly to coincide with both releases. During the album recording sessions the band also managed to record a cover for the Good Vibrations (the Northern Irish Punk label) 25th anniversary album. Contributing their version of 'Don't Ring Me Up' by Protex, the guys line up on the album alongside Snow Patrol, Ash, Therapy, Foy Vance and Duke Special who are themselves contributing their own interpretations of songs by The Undertones, Stiff Little Fingers and Rudi. The compilation is due for release later this year on Immortal Recordings (Ireland) After nearly 3 years in the band, guitarist Gareth decided to return to his native New Zealand with his family. After some consideration the band decided to continue as a 3 piece.
MembersDecky Harrington - Vocals, Guitar Rob Toshman - Bass Ian Escario - Drums
Influences60's Beat, 70's rock, 80's pop, 90's cool
Sounds LikePavement, Teenage Fanclub, Hefner, Sparklehorse, Fountains of Wayne
5 Songs | Sep 21, 2008
In the glory years of angle-hungry weekly music papers, it would have been a publicist’s dream: a band of young guys playing well-written, melody-rich songs, each of the members hailing from a different country. But in these file-sharing days of pan-global collaborations and instant international connectivity, does having such a diverse makeup still mean enough to impact a band’s sound? “It definitely does in some respects,” says Shibuya Crossings singer and guitarist Declan Harrington. “But, more than that, I think what helps give us an interesting sound is that we all come from different places musically.” And it’s true: Though they also all share many of the same influences, each of the members brings a different sonic sensibility: Declan, who grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during “the troubles,” is steeped in classic and indie rock; bassist Rob Toshman was raised in the UK on hard-edged punk; and Filipino drummer Ian Escario leans toward contemporary pop. Yet it’s the seamless way in which these varying styles mesh that gives the London-based group its unique but timeless sound. A sound that shines through brightly on DOYA, the band’s second album of addictively edgy, guitar-driven rock ’n’ roll.
Indeed, when spinning DOYA—an acronym for Depend On Your Alter-Ego—it’s no surprise online magazine Room Thirteen says the release “might be the sleeper album of the year…Everything seems simple but unique, clean but unfamiliar, and it’s that sort of combination that makes Shibuya Crossings so appealing.” Very appealing. Just check the set’s first singles, the driving “Take it Out on Me” and “At 8 in a Spanish Bar,” the latter a riff-crunching tale of a comically doomed romantic encounter. Deeper—but no less stunning—cuts include the yearning “The Things We Say, We Don’t Always Mean,” which plays like some mysterious, minor-key Hüsker Dü inversion, and the closing ballad “Wonder Inside,” a moving meditation on regret and “realizing what’s important in life.”
Shibuya Crossings, whose name is a reference to Tokyo’s infamous nightlife district (shibuya translates as “bitter valley”), was formed in 2006 by Declan after the breakup of his previous band, Jude. As Jude was coming to a close, by himself Declan began recording Songs for Lovesick Teenagers, Shibuya Crossings’ debut on the band’s Typically Magic label, with the assistance of producer Richard Knowler. Rob, Ian, and New Zealand guitarist Gareth Evans were recruited for the live lineup just prior to the album’s release, and the singles “Typically, Everybody Thinks You’re Dead” and “Can You Prove Something to Me” drew swift critical acclaim and airplay on BBC Radio 1 and XFM and Ireland’s 2FM. The quartet hit the road, playing extensively across the UK and Ireland.
With Knowler once again overseeing, the group next started writing and recording the tracks for DOYA, the new material strongly reflecting the band’s evolution as a working unit. “To me the first album’s quite a bit darker,” Declan says. “DOYA’s more uplifting— not that we set out consciously to make it that way. But even during the more poppy songs there’s always these hard guitars pushing against the melody. That’s what really gets us off as a band.” One of DOYA’s cuts, the pensive “I’ll Meet You at the Station,” was recently synched for a UK television commercial; the sessions also yielded a cover of Protex’s “Don’t Ring Me Up” for a tribute album to pioneering Irish punk label Good Vibrations. (The compilation also stars Snow Patrol, Ash, Therapy?, and Foy Vance.)
Although Gareth decided to leave the band to return to his homeland upon the completion of DOYA, Shibuya Crossings continues as a trio with no sign of slowing down.
“A lot of bands seem more concerned with following trends than in having any substance,” says Declan. “But there’s no reason you can’t get your message out and still be true to yourself and what you believe in. At the end of the day it’s about good songs.”
And with many great Shibuya Crossings songs already the recorded evidence, it’s a safe bet there are many more on the way—which gives lovers of well-crafted indie rock much to look forward to, indeed... ..
Member Since:March 13, 2006
Members:Decky Harrington - Vocals, Guitar
Rob Toshman - Bass
Ian Escario - Drums
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