“Expect to be entertained and expect to party.”
The Shadowboxers draw inspiration from 70’s funk and harmony bands like The Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel. Their playlist is a mix of old and new, spanning Michael Jackson, Prince and Stevie Wonder to HAIM, Allen Stone and Jungle. Adam Hoffman (vocals, guitars), Matt Lipkins (vocals, keyboards) and Scott Schwartz (vocals, guitars) formed the group in 2008 while attending Emory University. Since then, the trio also picked up bass player Carlos Enamorado and drummer Cole McSween. The band worked with producer Brady Blade and engineer Chris Bell on their first full length album “Red Room,” released in January of last year and since then the band has been playing live shows and working on their dance moves.
Many moons ago, I saw the band play a short set on a tiny stage at Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta. The venue is one of those “no talking” kind of places with lots of singer songwriter types gracing the stage. The band was pretty new at the time and there wasn’t much dancing that night. Now the band has moved on to bigger stages and wants to see the crowd on their feet.
From when I saw the band years ago to now, their sound hasn’t shifted too much. According to bandmate Scott Schwartz, they are just honing in.
“It is more potent to make a unified first stride into an audience’s ear. I think we are picking a certain aspect of our sound and going with that – pop-y sound,” said Schwartz. “All of us have our own influences, but starting to put everything in piles and pick what we want to do when.”
The group spent time this year focusing on upping their performance value and wants to get their “recording game” up to speed. They’ve been demoing a lot of new songs and hope to record a new album at the start of the year. But before they hit the studio, the band is heading back up to New York.
“Last time [we were in New York] was one of the best moments we’ve had – we had a really committed audience. We’re really excited to feel that again,” said Schwartz. “It’s nice to come back. New York is a barometer for success. If we can keep going back to New York and selling tickets, we are doing something right as a band.”
Oh yes you are, Shadowboxers. Oh, yes you are.
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