The Shills

The Shills

 Allston, Massachusetts, USA

The Shills are an onslaught of virtuosic musicians, driven by lead singer Bryan Murphy, a classically trained composer & jazz trumpeter. If you're looking for a typical rock band, you won't find it in The Shills. Expect to be challenged, expect to be engaged -but most importantly, expect to dance!


In a city like Boston where bands are nearly as numerous as rats, it can be a frustrating exercise in futility to sort through the endless entrants into the musical fray. The Shills make it easy for you. The Shills eliminate all the guess work with their undeniable quality and engaging complexity. With a sound that can go from driving rock rhythms to lush, lofty sonic soundscapes, versatility is The Shills true stock-in-trade. One would be wise not to mistake the bands expansive sound as studio trickery though since The Shills have been steadily building a loyal following of acolytes over the course of their seven -plus years together based primarily on their explosive dynamism and Swiss-like precision on stage.

Bryan Murphy (also a member of Man Man on vocals, guitar), Ryan Jackson (guitar), Dave Sicilian (bass) and James Zaner (drums) have been winning the hearts and minds of Bostons often ultra-jaded show-goers with their musical version of shock and awe. WIth original guitarist Eric Ryrie, they released an ep titled "Push" in 2004, a self titled full length in 2005, and a concept record called "Ganymede" in 2008. Eric left in 2011 and was replaced by Ryan. Trying to quantify their broad sound or compile a definitive list of similar bands becomes a fools errand as their influences range just as wide. From Queen, to Queens of the Stone Age, Yes to Radiohead, Motown to Metal, Punk to Jazz. As any of their fans will tell you, the only way to get any sort of handle on what The Shills are all about is to go and witness it for yourself.

Over the past few years, The Shills have shared the stage with national acts such as: Mother Mother, Spacehog, Kishi Bashi, Nico Vega, Crash Kings, Free Energy, The Memorials, and Sweet Cyanide. They've also performed on the main stages at The Harvard Square May Fair, Allston Village Street Fair, Starlab Fest and the side stage at the Boston Common Freedom Rally.

The Shills newest EP "Keep Your Hands Busy", was produced by Scott Riebling (Fall Out Boy, Cobra Starship, We The Kings) and was released May 2nd, 2012. With these new songs, The Shills bring a whole new scope of sound to the table - one that their fans certainly were not expecting. Keep your eyes peeled for Volume 2, coming 2014.


"Push" EP - 2004
"The Shills" LP - 2007
"Ganymede" LP - 2008
"Chasing The Aftermath" - Single, 2010
"Electric Proving Ground" - Single, 2010
"Keep Your Hands Busy : Volume 1" EP - 2012