Shadow Academy are a progressive rock duo from Los Angeles, California made up of Dan Avidan (sometimes known as Danny Sexbang) who in addition to being one of the hosts of the popular Let’s Play Channel, Game Grumps has had quite a prolific music career including being a member of The Northern Hues, Skyhill, Ninja Sex Party and Starbomb. Alongside Avidan, we have Jim Roach, a multi-instrumentalist and producer, who in addition to performing in various bands such as the punk rock outfit The Snax or The Rosewood Fall, and as the touring drummer for Hoku also started his own indie record label, based in California, called Santa Monica Recordings (formerly Red Parade Music). Today I will be reviewing Shadow Academy’s debut single ‘White Whale’ which was released on 28th January 2022, and is inspired by Herman Melville’s 1851 classic, Moby Dick.
‘White Whale’ opens with powerful, hammering guitars, which build and merge with the percussion and bleeds right into Dan’s phenomenal vocals, his higher toned voice working perfectly with the heavier instrumental backing. This track balances itself well, slower points counterpointed by full intensity sections, and Dan’s vocal additions incorporated throughout. Having followed Dan’s music career for several years now, It’s amazing to see things like this, see how far he’s come and how far he’s grown as a vocalist. Also Jim is an amazing instrumentalist and producer, this song just works, it has a powerful overall drive, but knows just when to let up for a moment. Both of them are firmly established musicians, and you can feel all of that experience and talent bundled up in this track, and I’m really excited to see what they do next.
So that’s what I thought of Shadow Academy’s debut single ‘White Whale’ and if you want to check that out for yourself then head on over to Spotify. You can also check out the official music video for the track over on YouTube. Make sure to like and subscribe. While you’re at it make sure and support the band by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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