WATCH: Shadowpact x Easterdaily – “Spacecars”

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Hip hop trio Shadowpact are back with another video featuring a track from their Stone The Crows album. They spit bars on “Spacecars” and play video games with Charizard. On the couch at Spinelli’s, putting pizza in their bellies, Shadowpact and Easterdaily, fit together like toast and jelly.

Okay, that rhyme just took me 30 minutes and it’s not even good. This stuff takes too much time. I guess that kind of makes Shadowpact all that more impressive to me. I always thought this rap shit would be easy. Anyway, check out their latest video for “Spacecars.” It’s dope as fuck and makes you feel like you’re playing video games at Spinelli’s with your crew, even if you’re actually at some shitty office job where they don’t know they are paying you to write for Never Nervous. At least I’m not hungry…

WATCH: Shadowpact – “Bats in the Belfry”

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Are you ready to get spooked the fuck out? Well I wasn’t, but here we are. In fact, here I am 23 minutes after I was supposed to leave work sitting at a computer and typing about Shadowpact, because they’ve got that kind of power over me. That’s right: I could go home and kick off my weekend, but this video is fire like that and you all need to see it. Why you might ask? Because this song is the best and it’s super catchy. And the video is a fun, lo-fi horror romp that sees our protagonists apparently making an actual shadow pact with a bunch of robbed figures looming in the background who ultimately murders everyone and throws them in the Ohio river. That’s heavy shit, and a serious commitment to your craft that you would get into the Ohio on purpose for art; respect them.

The video is super fun and, I believe, shot by Allen Poe. It recalls the best of 80’s horror, which our man Phil here is obsessed with. It reminds me of those sorts of slasher films that would make Tipper Gore cry back in the day, the kind that freaks out all the squares and makes old people afraid of devil worshippers running around and ruining it for everybody, whatever “it” is. It’s just great to see folks having fun and leaning into the season with their work, and we are proud to debut this video here at Never Nervous, even if it means leaving work now half an hour after closing time. Watch it below and spread it to the masses.

REVIEW: Shadowpact – “Stone the Crows”

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Shadowpact
Stone The Crows
Little Heart Records

When Shadowpact dropped The Narrative in 2014 I had mixed feelings about it. On one hand I really felt like they were on to something, while on the other I only really cared for about half of the album. They were super young dudes dropping their first album, so I was excited to see where it all led. A year later, Shadowpact is back with Stone the Crows and I can easily say that excitement has been fulfilled.

This album offers a supremely different contrast from The Narrative in that it sounds fuller and clearer as each song is distinctly its own. The mixing and mastering on this album is also improved and it sounds fucking great. You can hear every word and video game related sound with perfect clarity. It’s seriously impressive.

Those video game related tones and samples on this album perfectly reflect the lyrical content as well. The first track, “Game Over,” is an excellent example of this. When one uses a bit crushing tone and refers to himself as an “Orc Slasher” he is working with a clear theme. Gaming is a theme I can get behind, but it’s not the only on the album.

Each song both thematically and musically stands on its own. The only idea that seems to come up more than once is a carnival atmosphere. In “86’ed” Marvel literally says, “Welcome to our carnival.” In “Bearnos” they introduce each other in a carnival way while the beat is whimsical and happy which fits in with the carnival theme.

The standout track is definitely “Bats in the Belfry.” It’s upbeat, catchy, and it’s fucking fun. It’s the type of jam that gets you jumping up and down and everyone was doing just that at The Highlands Taproom for the Stone the Crows release party a week or so ago.

I’m really impressed with how far Shadowpact has come in just a year’s time. Stone the Crows sounds like a release from a group who’s been doing this for a decade. Once again, they have me excited for where they are going in the future, but this time I’m more excited about what they just put out.

WATCH: Shadowpact Performs “Bats In The Belfry” Live Inside Never Nervous Headquarters

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A few weeks ago, we had Shadowpact on The Never Nervous Podcast. After the interview, they agreed to perform a song from their upcoming EP Stone The Crows inside Never Nervous Headquarters AKA my living room.  This is the third in a series of casual live videos that we have been fortunate enough to put together.  This particular showing was such a good time, as these dudes were flawless (as usual).

Stone The Crows is scheduled to hit the streets this Friday, August 28th via Little Heart Records, and to celebrate its release a kick-ass show is set to happen that very night at Highlands Tap Room.  Joining them will be Skyscraper Stereo, Kogan Dumb, Bonez and Allen Poe… what a fucking lineup! For more information on the event, go here.

PODCAST: Shadowpact Returns to Talk About Their New EP, Game of Thrones, and Shit that Goes Wrong at Shows!

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Shadowpact, who we consider to be one of Louisville’s finest hip hop troupes, returns for another interview which we are super stoked to present. They stopped by Never Nervous Headquarters to promote their upcoming EP Stone The Crows,which is scheduled to hit the streets August 28th via Little Heart Records. We were fortunate enough to get our hands on this noise early, and I’m here to tell you that this shit is top shelf. The release show/party is scheduled to happen Friday, August 28th at Highlands Tap Room. For more information on the event go here.

In the mean time, listen as we talk about the new EP, Game of Thrones, and shit that goes wrong while performing live below:


Preorder Stone The Crows by going here.

WORTH MENTIONING: There are a few Game of Thrones spoilers on this episode, nothing too earth shattering.  So there’s your warning.