Austin-based electro-pop band The Shears have been in this scene for the last three years, and have never stopped progressing. Named as one of the “Top Ten Austin Indie Rock Band” by the Austin Chronicle Music Awards for 2010-2011, The Shears have changed up their sounds over the last few years. Geared up with a new sound, the band will release their new album From the Ashes tonight. Although their sound is new, the lineup is still the same with Inné on vocals, Albert (keyboards, sax), Aaron (bass, guitar, keys) and Jons (drums). We caught up with frontwoman Inné Aguilar to talk a little bit about The Shears and what they’re all about.
Did you all know each other before forming The Shears?
Inné: We didn’t know each other before The Shears. We were brought together by the wonderful and sketchy Craigslist. Hehe. Auditioning folks is always a strange process but we’re happy to say we didn’t get stuck with any serial killers…we think.
Did you guys know what kind of band/music you were looking to create when you formed?
Not really. We just knew we wanted to create something that inspired us in a positive way. We started playing back in…2011? Haha, I should know this.
What was your experience in the music scene before starting in this band?
We all played in bands pretty much our whole lives before coming together to form this one. I think the only one that did something a little different was Aaron. He used to compose music for a video game company.
Who are some of your musical influences that have inspired your work with The Shears?
Butch Walker, Michael Jackson, Mutt Lange, Prince, Danny Elfman, Little Dragon, David Bowie, the sound of quesadillas sizzling on a cast iron skillet…..that’s music right?
How do you believe the band has changed musically since first starting out?
We definitely started out a little more rock/pop and slowly and unintentionally shifted to indie-pop. We just love pop. POP US UP.
How long was From the Ashes in the making before its release?
Sheesh, we’ve been working on this album for a year or so. It took us that long because it is entirely self-produced. It was very difficult but we are so happy with what we’ve accomplished on our own.
Do you see yourselves touring outside of the Austin music scene in the near future?
Yes! We adore Austin and it will always be our home but we definitely want to branch out this year.
What future events/performances can we look forward to seeing The Shears at?
We are playing tonight at Stubb’s! Also playing is the amazing Mobley and The Digital Wild! It’s our CD release party and we’re stoked! If you do, make sure to wear something that is black light reactive!!
–Listen to the new release From the Ashes by The Shears below.
Make sure to catch The Shears TONIGHT at Stubb’s Indoors. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $6 and the show is all ages. Purchase them here or at the door.