The Shadow Committee is a project encompassing the work of composer and multi-instrumentalist Joshua Rayman. He creates a powerful sound that balances effect-driven guitar riffs with delicate piano melodies, blending them together with Peter Hook influenced bass melodies.
The music is influenced by the likes of 65daysofstatic, And So I Watch You From Afar, maybeshewill as well as other bands such as Muse, Grammatics and Radiohead. Their first single 'Long Way From Home' was released in August 2010, followed by an EP - 'Sunshine Paradise' - completed November of that year.
Joshua is currently studying composition at the University of East Anglia and takes great interest in the dissemination of audio, with projects exploring both digital and acoustic (analogue) modes of recording technology. His research is culminating in a dissertation based around silent movie pianists and musicians. This has led him to become involved with the field of live-sound tracking and performance; with the hopes of performing a silent movie score for the BBC Norfolk Music Video Festival in September.
In previous bands, members have performed across the country, performed for county bands and in front of 8,000 people. Robin Synnot has been working with Joshua for many years now, first taking some of the bands repertoire out onto the stage in early forms as 'Unsteady Oversteer' when they lived in Lincolnshire. Now split between Norwich and York, much of their work is shared through the internet. This online collaboration made the fact that their debut gig being broadcast over the internet from a living room in Norwich appropriate.
For 2011, The Shadow Committee are planning to perform a series of gigs in different forms of transportation; create a video game and release an audio cassette. The planning, production and result of these goals will become part of a documentary aimed at exploring the situation of today's independent artists. Their next EP, provisionally titled 'Bijou Dream', is also expected to be recorded during the course of the year.
YouTube Links :
Long Way From Home (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gdlAkKvpPw)
Juxtaposed Solitude (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kn71riI6ZZk)
Sunshine Paradise (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKImfKCkjDs)
Joshua Rayman - Guitar/Piano/Computer
Robin Synnot - Bass
August 2010 - Long Way From Home (Single)
November 2010 - Sunshine Paradise (EP)
December 2010 - Christmas Card (Single)
Future releases :
March 2011 - Radio (Single)
May 2011 - The Blackadder Rides Again (Single)
Summer 2011 - Bijou Dream (EP), tbc.
Review: The Shadow Committee, ‘Sunshine Paradise’ EP
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[The EP] features six original tracks, as well as a reprise of Sunshine Paradise. The record kicks o...[The EP] features six original tracks, as well as a reprise of Sunshine Paradise. The record kicks off to a confident start with Entree, an appropriately named taster track that morphs into The Blackadder Rides Again.
Unlike the post-rock bands that have been of influence, a couple of the tracks, employ synths, and tend to have more of a focus on individual instruments rather than the effect of layering all the sounds collectively. For instance, there are almost piano and guitar ‘solos’ in title song Sunshine Paradise, as well as some pretty interesting laser-quest-esque shooting noises going on.
Does this work as an advantage? I’m not entirely sure. I think you can tell that, unlike the troop of musicians that go into making each 65dos track, it is a smaller affair, and sometimes lacks the power and drive that could really get your eardrums beating. But, some of the quieter moments are handled really nicely, and it is trying to do something different – which is more than can be said than for a lot of acts out there at the moment.
The Shadow Committee: Sunshine Paradise
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The EP effortlessly combines distorted guitar riffs and soothing piano lines, creating a sound that ...The EP effortlessly combines distorted guitar riffs and soothing piano lines, creating a sound that honours the many influences of composer Josh Rayman.
Entrée sets the scene with a sound scape, harking with the cries of effect driven guitar and an almost tribal drum beat, before sliding neatly into the EPs second track Blackadder Rides Again. My personal favourite track from Sunshine Paradise, Blackadder Rides Again is carried by a powerful bass line which adds depth and contrasts the use of synths later in the song, allowing Rayman to further explore his talents.
Long way From Home takes the EP in a new direction, introducing a darker side to The Shadow Committee with the aid of heavy distortion and guitar solos. Title track Sunshine Paradise again takes the EP onto a new path however continues to take the listener back to the use of evocative effects that rang throughout Entrée. The delicate piano melody allows the song to slowly ease down the pace of the previous three tracks, prevailing through the effects and continuing through into Song Four, sitting fifth in the track listings.
Song Four stands out against the other tracks, filled with more emotion and complexity, perhaps eluding to a more serious side to The Shadow Committee which has yet to be seen. Filled with a moving string melody Song Four gives way to a piano interlude that sits well alongside the previous track and even makes room a gentle synth line.
Sunshine Paradise closes with a reprise of the title track, adding more aggression to its earlier rendition, however the transition between soothing strings and distorted guitar conflicts with the tranquillity that Song Four creates.
Closing on an almost humorous note, Sunshine Paradise fades into the waves with Seaside, a nod the a band's roots.
The EP allows The Shadow Committee to display varying sounds from their repertoire, giving them the opportunity to explore new influences as well as reminiscing of their earlier form Unsteady Oversteer.
1. Entrée / Intro riff
2. The Blackadder Rides Again
3. Juxtaposed Solitude
4. Storm The Debutante Ball
5. Cover Song
6. Long Way From Home
7. Piano Interlude
8. Sunshine Paradise
There are no upcoming dates at this time.