Aaron Shanley is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter
who spent his high school years immersed in beat literature,
skateboarding and playing guitar in punk rock bands.
Aarons songwriting abilities landed him several
slots at the esteemed Belfast Nashville Songwriters
Festival, where he was presented with the Katherine
Brick Award for Young Songwriter of the Year in 2010.
Aaron went on to tour the US and UK extensively supporting
the likes of Foy Vance, Hozier and The Divine Comedy
before relocating to London in 2015.
His return to Northern Ireland saw 'Metal Alligator',
previously self-released in 2015, get an official release
on Swallow Song Records in May 2017, including bonus
and limited edition material and backed by his band
The Horrortongues. Metal Alligator
is an eclectic mix of fuzzy punk rock, experimental
instrumentals and vintage-sounding pop songs.
"He has the vision, the cheekbones and the major
tunes. There's clearly an affinity with Conor Oberst
from Bright Eyes and surely some kind of connection
with the young Dylan as he makes those words and sentiments
tumble with much authority."
Stuart Bailie, NME/BBC
"Scuzzy lo-fi indie rock in the vein of Ty Segall
and Sparklehorse...this is a snapshot of an artist who
threw complete caution to the wind in favour of reaping
the artistic fruits of flux, providence and transformation."
Brian Coney, The Thin Air
His hallmark is a characteristic and intriguing
lo-fi sound that, mixed with dusty, various noises and
his electro-acoustic guitar, creates what at
a first impact reminds me of the oldest Guided
Indie & Tonic
Here we see Shanley's poetry stretched over a
shimmering soundscape, seemingly without boundaries.
Easily the most inventive album of the year, Metal Alligator's
total faith lives in constant doubt. There is light
in the dark, and hope in oblivion.
Taylor Johnston, Encore NI