Shayfer James – Hope And A Hand Grenade

Shayfer James Hope And A Hand Grenade is scheduled for release on February 1, 2019


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Shayfer James is a Rock Noir singer-songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist. With music that is equally at home on playlists that feature Nick Cave, Fiona Apple, Amy Winehouse and Leonard Cohen, Shayfer moves unflinchingly from soulful uptempo rock to serene ballads. Known for his poetic, gothic-tinged lyrics, swaggering grooves, whiskey humor, and captivating, theatrical live performances Shayfer is a true showman whether it be on large festival stages or at living room house concerts.

Shayfer’s darkly fascinating musical story reaches far back into his early childhood when he nearly lost two fingers while curiously reaching his right hand into the engine compartment of his father’s idling tractor. After emergency surgery and skin grafting, Shayfer’s mother sat with him and exercised his fingers at the piano every day for months. It is that early relationship with piano that, fifteen years later, resulted in the piano becoming an innate emotional and physical extension of Shayfer’s writing; a mechanism through which he creates, communicates, heals and destroys.

Shayfer began recording music in 2008 and since then, he has released two full length albums, three EPs and various singles, as well as special projects and demos for his fans. He has toured and performed at festivals and events in the U.S. (Art Basel, CMJ), the UK, Iceland (SagaFest) and Hong Kong. Shayfer’s music has been featured by Filter MagazineMTV Hive and as New & Noteworthy on iTunes. His original songs and musical scores have appeared in horror and suspense films which premiered at The Tribeca Film Festival 2017SXSW 2018 and North Bend Film Festival 2018. In addition to writing, recording, performing and scoring for film, Shayfer is currently writing two musicals with collaborator Kate Douglas (Sleep No More, NYC) which have been developed in residence at Goodspeed MusicalsThe O’Neill, and Rhinebeck Writers.  

Shayfer recently completed production on his fourth EP, Hope And A Hand Grenade, set to be released on February 1, 2019 via AWAL distribution (Kobalt Music).

Shayfer James "Weight of the World" music video
Shayfer James “Weight of the World” off 2011’s album Counterfeit Arcade
Shayfer James weaves surprisingly genuine musical landscapes that evoke the gauzy, sweaty sexuality of gulf-coast barrooms but also the fantastical, narcotic mysticism of a Lewis Carroll-inspired three-ring circus.” – Never Learned To Swim

New and Noteworthy Alternative”  – iTunes

…rich orchestration..conjures up a dark and sinful scene underscored by mischievous charm”. -WNYC Culture Desk

Simultaneously celebratory and sinister…satirical and scathing…theatrical jagged edged pop.” – The Star Ledger (NJ)

While many are taking a more lighthearted approach…James and his band are focusing on something a little darker, neofeudalism.”  – Filter Magazine

Shayfer James promo photo

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