STREAM: Shook Foil – “Balk”

Shook Foil

There’s always that moment in a Shook Foil song where it careens into something wonderful. Everything that precedes it can be predictably rote and uninspiring, but then there’s this shifting of gears and all of the sudden the amazing is washing over you in ecstatic waves. “Balk,” the lead track from the band’s upcoming debut full length, The Tethered Life, is not one of those songs in the sense that there’s no low point for the group to climb out of; things sound pretty great from the get go. But when the band leaps out of the classic psychedelia of the opening verse and into the bounce and verve of the next section, I can’t help but be reminded of all those moments when Shook Foil thwarts mediocrity by finding the perfect melody, vocal inflection, bridge, breakdown, riff, groove, or whatever to lift a floundering song to the next level. I’m not ready (yet) to declare the band great, but this is undeniably what great bands do—tirelessly search and strive for something more compelling and potent.

The Tethered Life is due out July 19 via local label Boom Done! Records. In support of the record, the band has announced a slew of summer tour dates with fellow local and labelmate 100 Watt Horse. The three-week trek opens with the group’s record release show at the Drunken Unicorn before taking the band up the East Coast and through parts of the Midwest. Check out the full list of dates below.

Shook Foil Summer Tour Dates
Jul 19 – Atlanta, GA – The Drunken Unicorn (Record Release Show)
Jul 20 – Birmingham, AL – Good People’s Brewery
Jul 21 – Nashville, TN – TBA
Jul 22 – Memphis, TN – Courthouse Co-Op
Jul 23 – Chattanooga, TN – JJ’s Bohemia
Jul 24 – St. Louis, MO – Blank_Space
Jul 25 – Louisville, KY – The Bard’s Town
Jul 26 – Cincinnati, OH – Fries Cafe
Jul 28 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Vatican’t (3213 Joe Hammer Square)
Jul 29 – Manhattan, NYC – Piano’s
Jul 30 – Brooklyn, NYC – TBA
Aug 01 – Philadelphia, PA – TBA
Aug 02 – Baltimore, MD – TBA
Aug 03 – Washington, DC – The Paperhaus
Aug 04 – Norfolk, VA – Jewish Mother Backstage
Aug 05 – Raleigh, NC – Slim’s Downtown
Aug 06 – Asheville, NC – Apothecary
Aug 07 – Athens, GA – Caledonia Lounge

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