Think Paramore and Imagine Dragons meet Grouplove and Phoenix. Shrink the Giant's music exhibits a multiple personality disorder. Their indie alternative rock oscillates between playful and reflective, and is marked by outbursts of indie-pop mania, occasional spacy seclusion, with a few unanticipated snarls.
Shrink the Giant formed in September 2010. Before playing a single show, they recorded their twelve-song Self-Titled album and released it worldwide on May 15th, 2012. They played their first live show on August 1st, 2012. Since that time, they have had two hugely successful West Coast tours, and have opened for such groups as Neon Trees, Imagine Dragons, Grouplove, Awolnation, The Wombats, and others. They are currently promoting their second album "Faceless."
Shrink the Giant's sophomore album emerges with a deceptive low-tech 808-esque beat and clunky guitar riff, which then explodes into an unexpectedly exuberant cascading polyphony of alternative pop rock. "Southwalk," (barely over two minutes long) in all its paradoxical, sarcastic glory, is the perfect opener for "Faceless," an album full of anonymous contrast - highlighting themes of life and death, and of living and dying. As the album continues, shaping sounds with an impressive array of diverse instrumentation, it comfortably travels through various genres, letting the songs and stories dictate style and mood. The diversity is exhibited from song to song with Vampire Weekend reminiscent keys in "Question Mark," snarling Jack White attitude in "Lovely Lucy," experimental electronics conspicuously present in "Sly" and "Riptide, and the raw, Tool-esque, acoustic metal riffing found in the title track "Faceless." Yet, despite the album's musical mélange, cohesion is found through front-woman Stefania Barr's brash but confessional vocals, multi-part harmonies, thickly layered (almost theatrical) production, and plenty of sonic "treats."
The current band lineup consists of Stefania Barr, Aaron Hurt, Marisa Wilde, Sebastian Barr, Oakley Hill, and Jean-Christian Barr. They are presently recording new material.