The NME declares, “Shy Child are to Kraftwerk what The White Stripes are to Led Zeppelin!” And here is their story... Nate Smith (Drums) and Pete Cafarella (Vox/Keytar) met at Wesleyan University in the mid-90’s where Nate had invited Pete to join his band. Although Pete was kicked out a few days later the two formed a fast friendship that would eventually lead to the formation of Shy Child once they both had relocated to NYC. Initially the band was pursued when time permitted between their various projects. They recorded their 2004 album, “One With the Sun” with small expectations and an even smaller budget, recording it in Pete’s apartment to a computer with Chris Zane for the price of pizza and beer. It would prove to be just enough…
The band caught the attention of producer Paul Epworth (Kate Nash/Bloc Party/The Rapture) at SXSW and soon they were in the studio working on new material along with the band’s previous producer, Chris Zane (Les Savy Fav/White Rabbits/Asobi Seksu). The resulting album, “Noise Won’t Stop” bristles with frantic energy and blistering tones leading with the first track “Drop The Phone” and featuring the U.S. debut sonic single, “Astronaut”. And producer/artist extraordinaire SpankRock, lends a his rapping/vocals to the slickest album track “Kick Drum.”
After a US tour with Hot Chip in November of 2006, the band took the plunge and lived as ex-pats in London for the next 8 months. The time abroad began with a full UK tour in support of their old pals Klaxons culminating in 2 sold out dates at Shepard’s Bush Empire in London. And that was just the beginning; over the course of the summer they traversed the Emerald Isle four times and played numerous shows and festivals throughout Europe. The highlights included sets at 02 Wireless, Glastonbury, The Isle of Wight, and an opening slot at Wembley Stadium with Muse. When all was finished the dynamic duo had logged over 100 dates.
In June of 2007 in the UK they appeared on the venerable program, Later With Jools Holland. On the bill with them that night were Sir Paul McCartney and Bjork, which made for some mighty company indeed. Impressed with their unique sound fashion maven Stella McCartney requested the band to be the performers for her segment in the Fashion Rocks TV special that was broadcasted throughout Europe to over 60 million viewers. And a few months later in January 08, while performing as part of Australia’s legendary Big Day Out Festival, they were asked by Bjork to open for her at the Opera House in Sydney.
Now “Noise Won’t Stop” has found it’s home on the esteemed Kill Rock Stars Label and Shy Child are spending 2008 touring the U.S. Be on the look out for this transcendent two-some.