Indeed, a Canshaker Pi show can be described as one big kamikaze run. The Amsterdam-based quartet’s inflammable brand of indie rock is a gleeful but high-stakes affair. The first thing you notice about Canshaker Pi is how they relish in puerile dicking about, albeit never for the sake of just ‘dicking about’.
Beneath their fidgety, high-strung stage antics simmers a piercing intensity, one that perhaps comes with a creeping awareness that the days of being young, wild and free will eventually pass. With releasing their new single Indie Academy via Excelsior Recordings, Canshaker Pi frantically capitalize on their youthful zest with a relentless now-or-never stride.
Canshaker Pi’s swoon-and-swagger racket was first introduced to us on their untitled debut album released late 2016. Not surprisingly, indie rock’s chief slacker-savant, Pavement’s Stephen Malkmus, took a shine on Canshaker Pi’s noise pop haphazardry. Producer and pal Remko Schouten flew Malkmus over to The Netherlands to record with the band. The result of those sessions is captured on the debut, that led the band to play the infamous Le Guess Who? Festival and nearly every other relevant Dutch festival this year.
Truth be told, Canshaker Pi thrives on that constant tension created between catchy-as-sin hooks and torrents of noise. The band is not afraid for a gear slower without sacrificing the small but charming blemishes: the whirring amplifiers, itchy fingers and impromptu howls of joy.
Long story short, Canshaker Pi drives itself into a complete stupor in their rocketing career so far. They voluntarily allow the anxious friction of their music to boil over, until it irrevocably submits to the knee-jerk enthusiasm that makes this bunch tick.
Canshaker Pi is touring Europe this fall, alongside Spiral Stairs (of Pavement-member Scott Kannberg). They’re playing 27 shows in 15 countries and are visiting Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow, Leeds, Brighton and London on their tour through the UK.