Saskatoon’s Shirley & The Pyramids wear their musical influences on the arm of their long-sleeved tee-shirts, but before you’re quick to group them in with other neo-shoegazers, give a good listen to “All The Time”, one of two advance singles from their recently released self-titled record. In it, you’ll hear a the broad strokes of someone who’s explored a range of sonic influencers–from 13th Floor Elevators to Ride, The Velvet Underground to Atlas Sound–and is now drilling down through the gauzy haze of guitar drone to find their essence, their truth.
That someone is Aron Zacharias, who until recently was the sole builder in Shirley & The Pyramids. Zacharias has put together a band to play his songs live, but essentially what you’re hearing on “All The Time” is all him. There’s a sense of discovery and exploration going on in his music, as if this is a starting point for him rather than having already reached a destination. So much that ends up in my inbox lately sounds processed and performed to death; hearing Shirley & The Pyramids is like watching atoms split, re-group, and combine to make a new element. Like with my food, I’ll take raw and organic music over pre-packaged and processed any day.Tags: Shirley & The Pyramids