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Inessa talks with The Shrike, five years in/ Audio

By INESSA // The Shrike - Shifting up the sound. See them on Friday, 10/12 at the Tonic Lounge.

A five-year mark often signals that it’s time for evolution and changes. For the band, the feeling is mutual. And with that, a second guitar player enters, stage left!

The Shrike began their journey as a Portland-based alternative hard rock band in  2013. Now comes a turn in the road. New directions. New expectations. We gathered The Craw, Darren Linder and new-comer on lead guitar, Billy Carnese, enlisted to help carry that weight, to consider increasing the epic nature of The Shrike and to enrich existing compositions and create new ones. An exciting time!

Our conversation went in so many cray-directions. Among them? Hopes and dreams for future sounds, challenges in expanding the sound of the band and finally hitting “their stride” as a 5-piece, as The Craw told me.

So this is a fine time to go that extra mile. Not just sit home and stream, but take in the live offerings this town has to offer on any given night.

You can preview the new sound of the band in these videos.

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