The Shants’ slow-burning sound originates from the rural backgrounds of its members: from South Louisiana delta pines, to the brusk plains of Minnesota to the rolling hills of the Central California Coast. The Shants now call Oakland, California home.
Last year, The Shants’ demo EP, Russian River Songs (recorded live in the redwoods north of San Francisco, released by High Scores & Records) garnered praise from places like FILTER and No Depression, and have been welcomed by the roots/Americana/country/what- have-you community thanks to a bit of international blog buzz (you can see full press kit here). The Shants continue to play up and down the West Coast, spreading their low, lonesome sound. The Shants have opened for artists like Basia Bulat, Adam Acuragi, Damien Jurado, Jonathan Richman, Songs Ohia, Barbara Manning, and many more.
Beautiful was the Night, the band’s debut full length album, is a haunted love letter to singer Skip Allums’ home state of Louisiana. The album was recorded in Oakland at Rec Center and Tones On Tail Studios by Eliot Curtis, with some vocal harmonies from Brianna Lea Pruett & Quinn Deveaux, violin by Howie Cockrill, and horns by Ralph Carney (Tom Waits, Black Keys) as well as the Blue Bone Express. Beautiful was the Night will be available September 2011. The album was funded in part by The Shants’ fans, via Kickstarter.