Andrew Loucks: Vocals
Zach Hunter: Guitar
Jared Loucks: Guitar
Eli Masharbash: Bass
Jonathon Pugh: Drums
Among the thousands of metal/hardcore bands flooding the scene, it’s rare to find a band with a positive message and unique music. With lyrics depicting both spiritual as well as heart-felt messages, this band has been captivating their audience and taking the stage by storm. BEYOND THE SHORE is a mix of metal and hardcore, which results in a metal-core band ready to destroy when they take the stage. From hammering melodic riffs followed by explosive breakdowns, machine-gun-sounding drums and such brutal vocals comes a band of close friends that are blessed to do what they love so passionately.
In 2008, the Lexington-Fayette, KY quintet formed when the members were still in high school. Relentlessly booking shows, touring and balancing school at the same time, BEYOND THE SHORE still managed to leave every audience breathless. Sharing the stage with such acts as Born Of Osiris, Shai Hulud, MyChildren MyBride, Of Machines, After The Burial and many more, BEYOND THE SHORE created quite a buzz for themselves in the little time they have been around.
The band’s first release, “The Arctic Front” EP (2009), was produced by Kelly Cairns and recorded at Lambesis Studios (As I Lay Dying, War Of Ages, Austrian Death Machine, Impending Doom) in San Marcos, California. The band’s debut album helped to build an impressive internet buzz, starting with the release of the first single “Shotgun Sunrise.” After playing several shows in support of the debut EP, BEYOND THE SHORE began work on their full-length, Ghostwatcher.
In 2012, BEYOND THE SHORE headed to Lowell, NC to record the their first full-length, which was produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Kevin Newland of Newland Recordings and began talks with labels as well as exploring the option of releasing on their own. BEYOND THE SHORE caught the notice of legendary metal label, Metal Blade Records, who they signed with in December of 2012.
In the summer of 2013, BEYOND THE SHORE‘s original drummer Chris Stinnett stepped down from drumming duties to focus on his job of booking shows in KY. The band recruited Jonathon Pugh who joined BEYOND THE SHORE on the road for The Blackest Hearts Tour where he delivered a commanding performance at each stop of the 18 date tour. Jonathon Pugh proved he was not only a perfect fit for the band stylistically, but also gel’d well with all the band members. The 22-year-old drummer from Shelby, NC previously played for the band Lions of Winter.
Since the April release of the Ghostwatcher, BEYOND THE SHORE have been keeping themselves busy with tours including dates with Veil of Maya, The Contortionist, Glass Cloud, Thy Will Be Done, Altars, Bermuda, Barrier, Fit For An Autopsy, Legion, and label-mates Shai Hulud, as well as playing the main stage at 2013′s New England Metal & Hardcore Festival in Massachusetts.
BEYOND THE SHORE has received praise from press and fans alike with magazine heavyweights Alternative Press including the band in their AP Recommends feature and premiering the band’s production video for the track ‘Homewrecker’, which was met with such an overwhelming response that it was pushed to be the most shared and viewed video on the site during the week of the premiere. Outburn Magazine (US) stated that “far and away their greatest asset lies in the gorgeous fluid and emotive leads…conjuring plaintive tones that are steeped in melancholy over the top of the hammering attack, and in doing so imbuing them with greater emotional impact.” Praises from press didn’t stop in the US for the Lexington, KY band though, with major publications like Power Play Magazine (UK) calling the band “a talented bunch of canonical misfits procuring a positive message…BEYOND THE SHORE have been constructed to impress” and Sunday Sport (UK) claiming that “Ghostwatcher may be the best thing to come out of Kentucky since fried chicken…This is metalcore at its absolute best.”