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What’s Your Rupture? Announces Shogun and The Sheets’ “Hold On Kid” b/w “Pissing Blood” Out Now Digitally & On 7” In November

What’s Your Rupture? is proud to present the debut 7″ from Shogun and The Sheets, the brand-new band from ex-Royal Headache frontman Shogun. The two tracks are available now digitally, and will be released on limited 7” in November. The band play their third ever show this Sunday at the Lansdowne Hotel in Sydney. 
 
In their 10-year tenure as a band, Sydney cult garage punk/soul band Royal Headache released two records and multiple singles, both on their own label and via legendary labels such as MatadorWhat’s Your Rupture? and R.I.P Society. The follow-up to their 2012 self-titled debut LP, 2015’s High saw critical adoration from Pitchfork (8/10)NME (9/10)The Guardian (5/5)The New York Times, NPR and more, as well as being named Steve Lamacq’s Album of the Year. It propelled them to stages on PrimaveraPitchfork FestivalMeredithGolden PlainsSugar Mountain and one legendary headline appearance at the Sydney Opera House that saw an unprecedented 60+ stage invaders during their set. 
 
With this new project, listeners shouldn’t expect Royal Headache 2.0, but rather a crystallization and evolution of Shogun as a musician and songwriter, drawing on his own experiences of madness, addiction, hurt and hope. Of the two tracks, Shogun says: “There’s no real message in these songs. I think I keep my lyrics ambivalent deliberately. I like it when you can feel a meaning or presence in a song but you can’t pinpoint what it is. That way the listener can create their own meaning.”
 
For fans of Royal Headache, the band’s dissolution brought a fear that the enigmatic frontman of the group, Shogun, was maybe finished with music. Armed with a voice loaded with pain and hope, and a boundless onstage energy that saw him claw through the air as if he was single-handedly fighting off an invisible army, Shogun’s performance and blue-eyed soul became a focal point of the band.
 
However, following Royal Headache’s breakup, instead of flattening Shogun’s aspirations, it only emboldened and sharpened them, giving him a clearer indication of exactly what kind of songs and music he wanted to make. His band, The Sheets, is formed from teenage friends and musician’s musicians; in Shogun’s own words, they’re, “a band who are versatile and play like motherfuckers basically”.
 
When asked how music fits into his life nowadays, Shogun says “It’s all I really want to do. Everything else is just kind of in the way.” Riveting, downcast, charismatic, complex – “Hold On Kid” and “Pissing Blood” offer a glimpse of a band that refuses to be trapped by the past, and provide a new platform for one of the most celebrated icons of underground music in modern Australian music history.

Listen To “Hold On Kid” b/w “Pissing Blood” – http://open.spotify.com/album/6UYDepT204cdPokX3VnKXf
 
Purchase “Hold On Kid” b/w “Pissing Blood” – https://shogunandthesheets.bandcamp.com/album/hold-on-kid-b-w-pissing-blood

Shogun and The Sheets Live:
Sun. Oct. 21 – Sydney, Australia @ The Landsdowne

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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