Shy Beast My Stride Release Party

Austin’s enchanting electro-pop ensemble Shy Beast followed the release of their latest single “My Stride” with the official release party Saturday night at Mohawk. Shy Beast has been a favorite around ‘The Live Music Capital’ for a few years now and it appears they’ve finally hit their stride and are breaking into a much larger market. The band saw their popularity sky-rocket after dropping their self-titled EP in November which featured hit single “Back With Me”. Most recently, Shy Beast was marked as a 2018 Black Fret grant nominee giving the band more visibility and additional advisory and financial backing.

The “My Stride” video is simple, yet stunning with Shy Beast’s leading lady Mariclaire (MC) Glaeser shining front-and-center accented by bright, neon-lit diamonds.  “‘My Stride’ is a reference to the heavy feelings that come with all the different choices you are presented in life,” said frontwoman MC Glaeser. “It represents the moment of freedom you experience by simply picking a direction, or a way of being, and running with it.” The single showcases Glaeser’s commanding vocal range along with some of the most intricate guitar melodies yet from the powerful pop quintet. Check out the video below along with a few shots from the “My Stride” release party.

 

 

“My Stride” Official Release Party at Mohawk

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Photos by: Demetrius Judkins @wolfspiritofthesun

 

 

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Shy Beast Ready to Rage For My Stride Release Party

Austin’s favorite electro-pop ensemble Shy Beast will be releasing their brand new single “My Stride” on Saturday, May 19 with an official release show at The Mohawk (indoors). Darkbird will kick off the evening at 10 :30p.m. followed by Shy Beast at 11:30 p.m. and Otis Wilkins at 12:30 a.m. Grammy-award winning, New Zealand pop star Kimbra will be performing on the outdoor stage that same evening.

Led by songwriter, singer and keyboardist Mariclaire (MC) Glaeser, guitarist and vocalist David Tenczar, guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist Andrew Bennett, bassist Jay Cesak and drummer Drew Silverman, Shy Beast creates its own unique fusion of electro-pop that blends effortlessly with MC’s vast vocal range and creative instrumentation from the other bandmates.

“‘My Stride’ is a reference to the heavy feelings that come with all the different choices you are presented in life,” said frontwoman MC Glaeser. “It represents the moment of freedom you experience by simply picking a direction, or a way of being, and running with it.”

“My Stride” was recorded in Lockhart, Texas at Good Danny’s and produced, mixed and engineered by Danny Reisch (White Denim, Okkervil River, Bright Light Social Hour). The song was written by Mariclaire Glaeser and arranged by Shy Beast.

To purchase tickets, see here. For more information on Shy Beast visit http://www.shybeast.com.

Juice Consulting 10-Year Anniversary Party at Impact Hub

Austin-based total-service PR and marketing firm Juice Consulting celebrated its 10-year anniversary last Thursday with a party at Impact Hub North Lamar. The evening’s festivities included live music by indie dream-pop outfit Shy Beast and one-man funk band Henry and the Invisibles as well as special guest speakers and more. Taco Flats supplied the bites and Gourdoughs’ airstream parked out front for deserts.

Juice Consulting celebrates ten years of hard work and earned success this year, offering a revitalized website, expanded services and an even bigger team, now delivering creative direction, social media campaigns, web design and development, as well as branding, graphic design and video production.

For more information visit http://juiceconsulting.com/

 

Photos by: Demetrius Judkins

‘MeToo’: Austin’s Music Industry is Not Immune to the Sexual Harassment Epidemic.

There’s an epidemic going on, if you hadn’t noticed.

To summarize; we live in a what seems to be a dystopian world where a predatory trait is dominant across the schools, the workplace, the entertainment industry, even just day to day life – it runs rampant across every sector of life, both yours and mine.

Sexual harassment is now so common that 65% of US women say they’ve experienced it just walking in the street, according to a survey by Stop Street Harassment (SSH). This plague of inappropriately claimed ownership of women and men is so rife that exclusion from it feels like a privilege, even in our own city of Austin – yet, it’s still taboo to speak about.

Two Austin-based female musicians have spoken out on their anger about this topic; these are their stories.

Who They Are:

Sydney Wright has been making a name for herself across Austin since her debut in the city, in 2015. A born revolutionist with a penchant for telling beautifully intricate stories with her music, she’s strong, believes in herself and is a breath of crisp, fresh air.

Mariclaire Glaeser follows this trend of being a woman of her own design. The lead singer of the popular Austin-based band, Shy Beast, she’s evolved in 2017 into a creature of sheer showmanship and vivacious musicality.

Neither is a stranger to the music scene and both carry with them a heavy reputation thick with respect for that. But both are also no stranger to the sexual harassment and gendered discrimination that unfortunately, and rather archaically, still comes with the success.

Their Stories:

According to the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), an American is sexually assaulted every 98 seconds, this includes women across every industry, including Austin’s music scene. A very slight gender disparity that sees a male presence of 55% to 45% dominate, the women of this city are not naïve to the dangers.

“The music scene comes alive at night” Mariclaire begins, an aspiring musician’s kaleidoscope dream’s conjured, before the imagery cracks and the warning becomes clear “there is alcohol present most of the time. There will always be predators, and there will always be lowered inhibitions. There will always be drunk dudes attempting to get a piece of you.”

Both women have experience in this pitiful example of mankind – each of them having stories with male tones that range from disrespectful to sheer ignorance of all human rights they have. Mariclaire begins to tell the story of a grim reality; non-consensual sexual advances and inappropriate touching is something 23% of women have experienced.

“The night of my band’s album release party a few years ago, I made my way over to the merch table, I took over for a bit selling stuff. One guy squeezed between me and the wall and started attempting to caress my lower back and whisper things in my ear while I was trying to handle transactions. He was telling me how ‘awesome’ and talented I was, and that he could offer me some great advice, because he ‘knows what works and what doesn’t’” she explained.

Of the 65% of women that have been sexually harassed, Mariclaire found herself in the 75% statistic of women met with anger and abuse they speak up about the harassment and ask for it to stop.

“I kept moving his hand away and asking him to leave.” She continues “This angered him, and he started verbally attacking my music and my performance earlier; telling me that I had a long way to go, and that I wasn’t trying hard enough.”

“In an ideal world, we would strive to identify our similarities, not amplify our differences,” Sydney begins, a poetic twist on what she believes should be the norm.

“But I think sexual harassment and discrimination are prevalent in our society and cultures as a whole, which makes it inevitably present in our music scene.

“There are countless times that I’ve been approached whilst running a console by males and females alike with, ‘So you know what all these buttons do?’, ‘Oh, a sound GIRL, I’ve never seen one of those!’, or ‘I think it’s great that you do this!’.

“I don’t think that being delineated from my peers because of my gender is helpful in promoting equality.”

Discrimination is a dangerous example of ignorance that happens often in the workplace, especially when co-ordinated with sexual harassment with 81% of American women in the workforce experiencing verbal abuse via inappropriate jokes or sexual comment (Atlantic Training Company).

The ‘You Can Stay’ singer tells another story, of a time where an inappropriate joke while she was working a gig forced her to set her boundaries and define the parameters of them.

“At one point, something came up about a phrase someone had coined on tour. I don’t remember the story, but the phrase was, ‘titties and beer, beer and titties!’ It got a laugh as it was repeated throughout the show.

“During one of those laughs, a man comes up to me, and, in the same sing-song voice the act was using, says, ‘sound boards and…’ and makes a motion like ‘eh?’’. All I could do was stare at him with an ‘I have nothing to say to you’ look and turn to do my job as the band started the next song.

“After the show, he apologized. I really appreciated that, and I’m glad that the situation provided an opportunity to make my boundaries clear.”

“We should take responsibility for and control of our mouths, eyes, and urges,” she continues, “and we would strive to treat each other equally, holding everyone to the same standards of respect and propriety.”

While this was an example of a time Sydney took back control of the situation, this isn’t always a feasible option – especially not for the 1 in 6 American women that aren’t able to stop the harasser in their tracks.

“Sexual shame and intimidation is a real and present force in our society whether you’ve been affected by it or not.” Sydney confides, though she does believe quite distinctly that Austin is a ‘liberal bubble’ that shines more of the necessary spotlight on immoral behaviour than many other cities.

This seems to be the general consensus felt across Austin, with Mariclaire sharing a positive reading of the city as well.

She says; “There isn’t as much of a stigma in Austin on how we should look and act. I feel like I have a lot of freedom of expression here, and most people are on board.

“I don’t really know how to fix the worldview of men and women who are so set in their ways, that they see female artists as products from which to glean money and enjoyment.

“It makes me sad.”

While neither of the women’s list of experiences constitute as sparse, both state that they feel Austin is less forgiving of this kind of behaviour – reassuring considering 45% of American women don’t feel safe to walk home alone, according to Gallup’s annual crime survey.

What we can do;

Mariclaire is adamant that better education in the home and in schools is the way to prevent the behaviour – pre-emptively nipping it in the bud, so to speak while Sydney has a less action-based hope for the future and more of rules to live by;

“We shouldn’t get off on being trolls or feed the discord fire by picking our allies apart for the sake of a trivial argument.

“We shouldn’t say things from behind a screen that we would be uncomfortable saying to a person’s face.

“I think we need to take the conversation away from the internet and into our real lives, in a public and intentional way.”

“We need to unite ourselves.” Sydney continues, “We can’t control the thoughts or actions of other people, but we can set steadfast boundaries and be ready to draw those lines when someone is inappropriate and we need to shake biased perspectives with education and emotional intelligence.

“We need our message to be as strong and articulate as possible to incite action among our powerful ‘public servants’ and replace them if they don’t serve us.”

This power is an important step in not only taking care of ourselves, but also taking care of friends, family and even strangers. As Mariclaire suggests, both men and women have a role to play in this revolution, this is something to go down in history if we do it right.

So, it’s time we re-educate. Use the disgust and shock fuelled by the #MeToo movement, and hold the offender responsible, refuse ‘boys will be boys’ and instil a new mantra – ‘responsibility for all’. It’s no longer a case of mindlessly offensive comments, nor has it been for a long time; what you see Mariclaire and Sydney saying is the thought process present across many minds – some of which are scared, some of which are empowered and some of which are in danger.

Photography: Sophia Louise of SophiaDPhotography – Flickr
Author: Megan Matthews

Shy Beast Release Debut EP at Swan Dive

Austin’s dreamy, indie-pop outfit Shy Beast celebrated their debut EP Friday night at Swan Dive supported by a powerhouse local lineup. The self-titled debut represents a natural maturation for the spirited pop band who previously rocked Austin under the moniker of MCG and is reflective of their growth towards a sophisticated pop outfit of anthemic proportions.

Produced by Danny Reisch (White Denim, Okkervil River, Bright Light Social Hour), the debut EP features three infectiously uplifting, synth-layered tracks that meaningfully illustrate a common experience about human nature.

The band consists of singer and keyboardist Mariclaire Glaeser, rhythm guitarist and vocalist David Tenczar, lead guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist Andrew Bennett, bassist Jay Cesak (aka Jayzilla) and Drew Silverman on the drums. Gleaser may lead the band…however, each member contributes to the creation process as Glaeser, Tenczar and Bennett each wrote one of the three tracks of Shy Beast.

Last month, leading up to the album’s release, the band premiered the video for lead single “Back With Me”. “The video, uses movement, replacement, color, and light, to explore a woman’s transition from the feeling of being trapped in an apologetic spiral, to a deepening trust and confidence in herself,” states Glaeser.

At the EP Release Party, it became evident why the band chose the new identity. Shy Beast is a particularly fitting name for the outfit’s leading lady, Glaeser. She’s a self-described, “relatively shy and certainly awkward person.” But, on stage, the towering frontwoman comes alive with a commanding presence and seductive confidence that alludes to her internal beastly nature.

The EP Release Party began with a lavish, dance-inducing set of soaring synths and ambient vocals form homegrown electro-pop songstress and resident Swan Dive starlet Dossey. The Austin product’s performance featured the entirety of her latest EP, Electric, along with several favorites from her debut effort, Diamond. Dossey is the electro-pop alter-ego of artist, songwriter, enigma Sarah Dossey, who is also a member of Austin-based folk/bluegrass outfits The Reliques and Indian & The Jones.

Next up was local indie rockers Slomo Drags. This nostalgic, four-piece considers themselves equal parts pop gold and noisy guitar irreverence. The band shimmers and crunches in melodic, transgressive power pop harmony with diverse song structures that are tight and crisp while also colorfully loose and flexible. This is boisterous rock with a surreal pop twist that culminates in damn-fine entertainment.

The evening also featured experimental electronic-pop and folky trip-hop trio Fort Never who took the crowd on a transcendental, digitized fantasy. The trio consists of producer and songwriter, Timothy Ruch, singer Chantell Moody and drummer Deano Cotè. The eclectic, avante-garde band pulls from a huge range of influences and genres to defy categorization with their forward-thinking and innovative approach towards music composition and direction. For a wild trip take a gander at Fort Never’s latest video for “Paradigm”.

In the meantime, check out some of the highlights below from Shy Beast’s EP Release Party captured by Valerie Riels.

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Photos by: Valerie Riel @photo.atx

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