Toronto singer Andy Shauf distills his charming, soft spoken eloquence into a double single release with his new tunes “Satan” and ”Jacob Rose” out now via ANTI-Records. With an upcoming Los Angeles concert date at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, fans will be in for a treat to experience Shauf’s latest offerings live.
Shauf, with Haley Heynderickx as an opener, will perform at the Walt Disney Concert Hall March 11, a landmark venue situated in downtown Los Angeles known for impeccable acoustics and its uniquely beautiful exterior design. Tickets range from $44 to $106.
Both were of Shuaf’s and new singles evoke wispy guitar strums and a bittersweet atmosphere to weave in personal experiences. Without embedding too much of himself, Shauf lets the theme of a memory grow into a new, fruitful impression.
In “Satan,” Shauf recollects not being able to celebrate Halloween because of the church his family was associated with at the time. His single takes the oversimplification of faith and distills it in a song that explores the hyperbolic split between heaven and hell; i.e. believers and non-believers.
“The Christianity that I was brought up in said that believers went to heaven and non-believers went to hell,” Shauf notes. “A sort of cartoon-like simplification of ancient texts. So with the lyrics of this song, I was trying to take this cartoon-like simplification of life (and death) and pair it with a cartoon-like version of this Christian hell. Where after you complete a long and disciplined life, you find yourself holding a bite-sized chocolate bar stapled to an invitation to a Halloween pool party with Satan himself.”
The music video for ”Satan,” directed by Canadian independent filmmaker Ryan Steel, was shot deep in prairie winter outside of Winnipeg and captures a feeling of isolation as we watch a young individual listlessly killing time in her motel room before the focus shifts to a cold, snowy tree lined wilderness with a campfire burning in contrast.
In ”Jacob Rose,” Shauf depicts a young boy curious about what it would be like to stab something. Cleaning a knife in his kitchen, he envisions stabbing couch cushions and other inanimate objects until he goes outside to stab the ground and accidentally cuts himself instead.
Building off the surprise released of his 2021 album, Wilds, Shauf strips down to a guitar and drums in his new singles, baring more emotional weight in the sparse sound.
In addition to Shauf’s upcoming headline concert date at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the venue along with the LA Phil have a stacked calendar including an evening featuring the music of Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto, with soloist Camille Thomas; Swedish singer/songwriter José González; and Nas with the LA Phil.
Shauf will tour throughout North America and Europe this spring with fellow ANTI- Records artist Yves Jarvis as well as select dates with Haley Heynderickx, Helena Deland and Cassandra Jenkins.
Words: Patti Sanchez
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February 27 – Tallahassee, FL – The Moon *
March 1 – Houston, TX – Heights Theater *
March 3 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger *
March 4 – Ft Worth, TX – Tulip’s *
March 5 – Oklahoma City, OK – Tower Theatre *
March 7 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf *
March 8 – Tucson, AZ – 191 Toole *
March 9 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern *
March 11 – Los Angeles, CA – Walt Disney Concert Hall ^
March 13 – San Francisco, CA – Bimbo’s 365 #
March 15 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theater #
March 16 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater #
March 18 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge ~
March 19 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theater ~
March 21 – Lawrence, KS – Bottleneck ~
March 22 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room ~
March 24 – Chicago, IL – The Vic Theater ~
March 25 – St. Louis, MO – Blueberry Hill Duck Room #
March 26 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar #
March 27 – Knoxville, TN – Big Ears Festival
March 29 – Richmond, VA – Richmond Music Hall #
March 30 – Washington, DC – Black Cat #
March 31 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer #
April 1 – New York, NY – Webster Hall ~
April 2 – Waverly, RI – The United Theatre ~
April 3 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club ~
April 18 – Düdingen, CH – Bad Bonn #
April 19 – Lyon, FR – Epicerie Moderne #
April 20 – Bordeaux, FR – Krakatoa #
April 21 – Paris, FR – Trianon #
April 22 – Rouen, FR – Le 106 #
April 23 – Luxembourg, LU – Kulturfabrik #
April 24 – Utrecht, NL – Tivoli Vredenburg #
April 25 – Rotterdam, NL – Rotown #
April 26 – Nijmegen, NL – Doornroosje #
April 28 – Copenhagen, DK – Loppen #
April 29 – Oslo, NO – Ingensteds #
April 30 – Stockholm, SE – Nalen Klubb #
May 2 – Hamburg, DE – Knust #
May 3 – Berlin, DE – Silent Green #
May 5 – Bruxelles, BE – Les Nuits Botanique Festival #
May 6 – Cologne, DE – Luxor #
May 7 – Genk, BE – Little Waves Festival #
May 9 – Birmingham, UK – The Castle & Falcon #
May 10 – Edinburgh, UK – Summerhall #
May 11 – Glasgow, UK – Drygate #
May 12 – Manchester, UK – Gorilla #
May 13 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club #
May 14 – Bristol, UK – Fiddlers #
May 15 – Brighton, UK – Chalk #
May 16 – London, UK – Shepherd’s Bush Empire #
May 18 – Belfast, UK – Empire #
May 19 – Dublin, IE – Button Factory #
* with Yves Jarvis
^ with Haley Hendrickx
# with Helena Deland
~ with Cassandra Jenkins