Stream Shmu Shhh!!!! (Stereogum Premiere)

Much less a band and more a surreal, mythical entity, Shmu takes a myriad of genres and mixes them inside a test tube. Samuel Chown of Zorch lets his influences simmer and churn together, and the product is an explosive marriage of sounds that bursts with superhuman energy and technicolor. Shhh!!!! refuses to be categorized; tracks like “Pictionary” take the effervescent haze of My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive and turn it ballistic, while others such as “I’ve Got Nothing to Show” boast scuzzy melodies and guitar hooks reminiscent of a Silent Alarm-era Bloc Party. Shhh!!!! is a celebration — half delightful retro pop, half abstract electronic noise, all mad scientist wizardry. Stream Shhh!!!! below.

Shmu has some tour dates coming up:
10/30 Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlie’s
10/31 Houston, TX @ Black Barbie
11/01 New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
11/02 Atlanta, GA @ Mammal Gallery %
11/03 Greensboro, NC @ Hellraiser Haus
11/04 Greenville, NC @ Art Avenue %
11/05 Baltimore, MD @ Caribbean Paradise Restaurant and Lounge %
11/06 Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5 %
11/07 Brooklyn, NY @ Secret Project Robot %
11/08 Philadelphia, PA @ Win Win Coffee Bar %
11/09 Charlottesville, VA @ Dead City %
11/10 Nashville, TN @ Queen Ave %
11/11 Tulsa, OK @ Soundpony
11/12 OKC, OK @ The Blue Note
11/13 Ft. Worth, TX @ Grotto’s
11/14 Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves
11/15 San Antonio, TX @ K23

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Shhh!!!! is out 10/30 via GTZ. Pre-order it here.

Tags: Shmu, Zorch