In releasing a brand new cut of music in ‘Fade Away’, Perth’s WAM song of the year nominees Shangrila make an impassioned return for 2019. Bursting forth from the melodic alt-rock territory they’ve been making themselves more than comfortable and renowned within since the release of 2018’s Love and Leaving EP, Shangrila’s latest shares a snapshot of a band fully in possession of a strong musical identity. A song that deals with the struggles of mental health issues and the importance of having a support network rallying for one’s growth and healing, ‘Fade Away’ strikes hard with energy and emotion powering the soaring vocal notes of Devyn Jupp, the pulsating rhythms from Ben Ferguson (bass) and Dan Harper (drums) and the urgency of Jackson Macleod and Lyndsay Antica’s guitar work. “This song touches on issues that all people go through in this life; we want people to know that they are not alone and we are all on this journey together.” Jackson Macleod, Shangrila With a band history stretching back almost a decade, the evolution of Shangrila is one that has been constant and ever intriguing. Theirs is a sound that has become textured and marked by melodic pop-punk and indie-rock flavours over the last few years, reflecting the band’s shared tastes and strong sense of individualism in style. The release of their debut EP Love and Leaving and subsequent headline dates and shows supporting the likes of Trophy Eyes and Gyroscope proved the perfect introduction to the band’s new sonic path, one that was well-released by industry and their fans alike. Cut from the same WA cloth as the likes of Karnivool, Tired Lion, Shangrila now find themselves occupying space in the same arena as Trophy Eyes, Slowly Slowly and Alexisonfire. One driven by raw emotion and an impulsive and addictive musical delivery. “Hitting your new pop-punk sound with a harder edge, which I dig. It’s a 30:70 split of pop to punk and that’s a combo I’m aboard.” Triple J, Declan Byrne (‘Temptress’, 2018) “This is an EP that will cut you to the bone entirely. If you do one thing this year, listen to [Love and Leaving] in whole.” Hysteria Magazine (Love and Leaving EP, 2018) “The instrumentals are integral, and are what make this so good. The moods and the images they portray just through the instrumentals is phenomenal, and never fails to match the tone of the story the lyrics are telling at any time. Depth Magazine (Love and Leaving EP, 2018) With a special hometown launch for ‘Fade Away’ coming up at the end of August, Shangrila anticipates an exciting start to the beginning of a bright new chapter.