Including A Date At The Anvil In Bournemouth


Shvpes (pronounced “Shapes”) have announced a November run of UK headline shows to complement their October UK tour with Hawthorne Heights; Shvpes will visit towns not covered on their 14-day stint with Hawthorne Heights. Says Shvpes vocalist, Griffin Dickinson: “We’re super excited to announce these tiny headline shows down south in support of our new album, Greater Than. We havenít been back to some of these towns in over two years, so weíre expecting the shows to be hot, sweaty & all round fucking carnage! See you there!”

Having initially planned to run with three mixtapes leading into the full album next year, Shvpes have now decided to bring the record forward, following an incredible fan response to first single “Undertones”. The album will now be issued as a single body of work, supporting an exciting autumn/winter touring schedule. Written in Snowdonia, Wales, and recorded at Treehouse Studios in Chesterfield with world-renowned producer / engineer, Jim Pinder (Bullet For My Valentine, Machine Head, While She Sleeps), Greater Than is truly genre-defying; combining hip-hop and metal, plus alternative rock and urban elements, this is heavy music for the adventurous and open-minded.

Says Griffin: “What we’ve created feels bold, and I’m not worried about people getting pissed off ñ they can take it or leave it. A lot of people are going to absolutely love it!” Matt Heafy of Trivium – one of Shvpes’ biggest inspirations – collaborates on the song, “Rain”; but despite this being the most metal track on the album, Matt’s vocals, unpredictably, feature on the rap section…


“That just seemed like the perfect part,” says Griffin, “because we didnít want to give him a screamy-shouty verse, we wanted to do something a bit different. We put about 10 takes of him on there, so weíve got this vocal gang monster!” Since releasing their highly-praised 2016 debut album Pain. Joy. Ecstasy. Despair, Shvpes have been riding the wave of acclaim that rapidly attached itself to their name, touring Europe with some of the biggest names in hard rock (Trivium, Bullet For My Valentine, Blessthefall) and appearing at festivals the world over.

But in 2018, with Greater Than, the band have truly arrived!

Shvpes will release Greater Than on November 9th via Search and Destroy/ Spinefarm Records. Pre-orders, including exclusive bundles, are now live here:

Direct link to Shvpes vinyl, CD and T-shirt options here:




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