Bell House by Shy Boys debuted on August 3rd, 2018. Shy Boys really showed off their creative ability in being able to put the person asleep while keeping them interested in the lyrics. The group consists of brothers Kyle and Collin Rausch, along with their friends Konnor Ervin, Kyle Little, and Ross Brown. The album name refers to the street they all shared for nearly five years. It’s very cool that this indie-pop band is from Kansas City, Missouri. The members lived closely to each other, so the Midwest and Bell House is filled with familiarity and love.
Kyle and Ervin were already band mates in the indie-pop band The ABCs. Collin had been playing for years in the Kansas City area. The three shared a love for 1960s era pop rock and soon started writing their own music. Their album, Bell House, showcases that appreciation for the genre.
Shy Boys is a mix between modern and throwback. It’s a mix not heard often. A few of the songs threw me off such as “Miracle Gro.” It was not what I was expecting, or music I typically listen to. This song didn’t use many instruments and mainly focused on vocals. It was almost strange to hear a song centered around hand-clapping.
“Take the Doggie” was very chill. For some reason, this song calmed me down after a long day at college. It felt like I was floating in the clouds. By the third song, “Tragic Loss,” I definitely realized that Shy Boys has a signature sound. Calm yet upbeat. They aren’t very instrumental. Although, I do like the use of the guitars. The instrumentals really shine in the song called “No Fun” and “Basement.”
Most of the songs are under three minutes. This allows the band to work and showcase their skills rapidly, while leaving the listener wanting more. The band closes Bell House with a couple of songs that show off its relaxed side. “Disconnect” in my opinion, is the best song in this album. At first, I was put off by Shy Boy’s sound just because I haven’t been exposed to that kind of music yet. As the album went by, I grew to like it.
Hits: “Disconnect” “Champion” “Tragic Loss”
Misses: “No Fun”
By Tori Wiegers