Their debut finds them experimenting far beyond their previous Failure EP, with swirling guitar melodies over noisy production and sound design by lead singer and guitarist, Taylor Hecocks. The band allowed themselves to try any sonic adventure they could dream up while recording just to reign in back in, creating a record that stays true to their pop sensibilities but adding an unnerving streak of noise throughout. Lyrically, Hecocks stands back to analyze his surrounds offering unbiased observations just to point the microscope back on himself for a personal evaluation. The track “SHAME!” encapsulates this approach of self analyzing as he sings, “It’s a shame what I’m watching / what I’m eating / how I’m talking / how I’m living” over alien sounds that you would be surprised to hear on a rock album, but somehow fit perfectly. Just as each track is leaning into their pop tendencies the band adds extra grit to crescendo into a cathartic release.
Speaking to Substream about the album Taylor Hecocks (vocals/guitar) says:
“$hame is an album about what I’ve seen, it’s observational. And what I’ve seen is an extreme and isolated focus on topics I don’t deem worthy. I live In a world focused on socio-political games as opposed to a world set on finding a new planet before the sun burns this one up. How important will it all be when it no longer exists? But I don’t know anything, no one does.”
Back in 2014, Taylor Hecocks formed King Shelter in La Mirada, CA while studying music at university with lead guitarist, David Noble, and bassist, John Harzan. King Shelter kicked off the project with a self-titled EP, which Hecock produced and engineered himself. The band would refine their sound through local shows around Orange County – mostly for friends and local music fans – building towards what would eventually become the Failure EP. The Failure EP would prove to be their first real stamp on the Orange County, CA music scene, taking King Shelter from playing backyards to headlining the Constellation Room two months later. The band would eventually shift focus to taking over the LA market – selling out The Echo in February of 2017. The band has since released a string of singles produced by Adam Castilla from the Colourist in anticipation of their highly-anticipated upcoming debut full-length. King Shelter is set to release $hame this spring through Broken Entertainment – undoubtedly leaving their mark on the Southern California music scene for years to come.