Shale Will Make You Shake

The Victoria alt-rockers examine existential angst on their new single.


Shale capture the raw anxiety of existence with their new single Shake — showcasing today on Tinnitist.

The Victoria alt-rockers’ latest track sets strong riffs from guitarist Adam Baines against Kiarra O’Connor’s haunting vocals — reminiscent of Tori Amos and Alanis Morissette — and lyrics pulled from her own experiences. “The song tackles emotional overload and anxiety from my first year at university,” she says. “The song digs deep into the emotional tapestry of overwhelm vs commitment, giving up vs pushing through:”

“I’m shaky babe
Don’t touch me there
Don’t feel my pain
Tilting ache
Rather waste my day
Blinking bare
Stern stare.”

Shake was mixed by Darrell Thorp (Foo Fighters) and mastered by Brian Lucey (Black Keys, Cage The Elephant). Shale formed in 2019 when drummer Michael Voytash and keyboardist Rowan Hensley served as theatre techs for a production of Grease and saw O’Connor’s performance as Sandy. After recording their first EP Wither, they released their single To The Ground in 2022. They followed up with Get Lost, Held Up and Wither.

Check out Shake above, sample more music from Shale and see their upcoming tour dates below, and find them at their website, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.

Shale B.C. Tour Dates

July 13 | Upstairs Cabaret, Victoria, with Base Collective & Sarah Osborne
July 15 | 39 Days of July Festival, Duncan
July 16 | FiLoMi Days Festival, Port Hardy
July 21 | Capital Ballroom, Victoria
July 22 | Sookapalooza Festival, Sooke
August 5 | Harmony Arts Festival, Vancouver
August 24 | Fox Cabaret, Vancouver*
August 26 | Riot on the Roof Festival, Vernon*
August 27 | Mountainview Brewing, Hope*
August 29 | The Maq Pub, Tofino*
August 30 | The Terminal, Nanaimo*
August 31 | Rainbow Room, Port Alberni*
September 1 | Lucky Bar, Victoria*
September 2 | Sooke Music Festival, Sooke*

* With Cold Fame


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