Featured Presskit: The Shills (Boston, MA)
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We’ve been good friends with The Shills for a number of years now and have worked with them in a few capacities, from collaborating on projects back in the Sidehatch days, to their more recent Presskit.to Bus Session at SXSW. In addition to being genuinely awesome guys, they make some sweet, sweet music.
Now we’re happy to see they’re getting the most out of their Presskit. Read the interview below to see what guitarist Ryan Jackson had to say about how they used Presskit.to to promote the release of their new EP, Keep Your Hands Busy: Vol. 1, and which Presskit feature they find especially intriguing.
Presskit.to: How have you used the Presskit.to/TheShills to showcase your career thus far?
Ryan Jackson: It’s been a great tool, and it’s great to have such easy access to all of our information in one place. The wins section is really clever. Losing track of a band’s progress overtime is pretty easy to do, but the wins section is a great reminder as well as an awesome organizational tool for showcasing accomplishments.
Pk: You guys have used a video press kit to accompany your Presskit - and we must say, it looks impressive! Has this helped you score any notable Wins?
RJ: Yeah, Crickie Thomas from Strewnshank Productions did an amazing job on the video! It definitely helped us score a slot on a sold out show opening for Kishi Bashi (Of Montreal, Sondre Lerche, Regina Spektor) and Tall Tall Trees at the end of July. We also used it to land a gig hosted by 92.5 The River at Hard Rock Cafe. The video has helped put us on the radar of some other music industry pros as well.
Pk: What role have your press kits played with the release of your EP, Keep Your Hands Busy: Vol. 1?
RJ: We did our Boston release at the Brighton Music Hall. The video press kit helped out so much with the promotion of the show. It came out at the perfect time and helped us in getting great press and awesome turn out at the show.
Presskit.to was useful in getting all of our information to newspapers, magazines, and blogs. It’s extremely easy to use and has all the possible information that they would need about us right there.
Pk: What’s up for you guys this Fall?
RJ: We have a lot going on in September. We’ll be playing a show with The Memorials (Thomas Pridgen formerly of The Mars Volta). There’s also a show at Berklee’s Cafe 939 with Strange Changes and Bear Language, which we’re really looking forward to. We’ll also be playing the Allston Village Street Fair, New Haven, CT, NYC, and King Orchid’s album release in Allston.
October will be kind of quiet for us. Our drummer James is going on an Australian, Canadian, and possibly South American Tour running sound for Jordan Knight.
For late fall we’re in the works of setting up a special show with one of our favorite bands from the 90’s/early 00’s. We’ll also be starting production on the 2nd installment of Keep Your Hands Busy.
Pk: Awesome, thanks guys!