C. SHIROCK is Chuck Shirock - the new music from C. SHIROCK is an evolution and a distillation of his previous work, cutting to the core of his identity, with a power and clarity not heard before. Blending anthemic choruses, musical builds and releases with heartfelt and personal lyrics, the new music from C. SHIROCK delivers a vulnerability, urgency and an aching vocal that is uniquely his own. Driving rhythms and bass are anchors to the soaring melodies, layers of keyboards, and programming that call to mind the emotive, intelligent pop music of artists such as Peter Gabriel and David Bowie.
C. SHIROCK was born in the United States and has since lived in both the Philippines and Scotland, before relocating to Nashville, TN to further study music. Coming from a family of creatives and musicians, he grew up the oldest of four, playing piano, writing and composing from a very early age. His mother was a professional ballet dancer, his father an avid guitarist and his grandfather an accomplished jazz pianist.
The cultural influences of C. SHIROCK’s upbringing, both musically and melodically, can be heard in his latest releases. Seamlessly blending his refined melodic and pop sensibility with years of classical training and hints of Phil Collins, Prince, and The Cure, C. SHIROCK has established a defined and modern sound. After going through major personal life changes, C. SHIROCK chose to change identity, and transition from being the frontman, founder and primary writer for internationally acclaimed band and duo, SHIROCK, to being a solo artist. “I view it as a continuation or an evolution or sorts. It’s been incredibly freeing and liberating to chase whatever turns me on...to create without inhibition”, reveals the artist.
Lead single “Confess Your Love” is a passionate love song about the first moments of connection and the bravery involved in taking a risk to be the first at initiating these feelings. C. SHIROCK explains, "It tells the story of a couple meeting and their beginning…those little chance encounters that if we take them, can change the entire course of our lives”. The stunning visuals subtly play into this narrative. Shot in a beautiful colonial town near Tulum, Mexico the story starts and ends with the same scene, not revealing whether or not the love story actually happened or if it was a “what if” moment. Sonically “Confess Your Love” features heartfelt, emotional vocals with glistening synthscapes and powerful melodies reminiscent of early Madonna, George Michael and Prince.
Continuing to carve out his unique place with this new project, C. SHIROCK’s songwriting is vulnerable and honest, "whether it’s capturing a feeling, or telling a specific story, it’s always based on my own life. If it doesn’t come out of my own emotional experience, it feels inauthentic and I don’t feel connected to it”.
Second single, “Stand With Me Tonight” is a heartfelt, slow building anthem, penned to C. SHIROCK’s partner. He vulnerably and poignantly asks, to stand with him through the many unknowns that life brings. The music video was directed by John Matysiak (Leon Bridges, Kings of Leon, Jodran Davis), and is a modern take on the 80’s and 90’s American prom, a homage to classic films such as Pretty In Pink, Sixteen Candles, and The Breakfast Club. Baeble Music commented, “A video written and shot like ‘Stand With Me Tonight’ might've outshined a less powerful song, but not this slow-dance synth-pop anthem…You might hear some Bono, some Peter Gabriel, some Jeff Buckley…and when it’s too much to hold back, Shirock breaks out a guitar solo worthy of Prince.”
“Eyes of Sorrow” is the third release from the forthcoming full length album, Evidence of Things Unseen, due mid 2019, and features a heavier, electronic side to Shirock’s work. C. SHIROCK says, “It was written out the frustration with political climate in the US - the administration, the gun violence, the discrimination and racism… at times it can feel hopeless, but indifference is the greatest adversary to change. We cannot be silent about these things and hope for change.” The song was written after a series of shootings around greater Nashville. About the song, Shirock has referenced the Martin Luther King Jr. quote, “The time comes when silence is betrayal. That time has comes for us today…“
C. SHIROCK has found success with his music featured in multiple TV networks including MTV, NBC and ABC, in various films, as well as working with brands such as American Eagle and Hollister. He has performed at major summer festivals in front of hundreds of thousands of people across the US and UK, alongside acts such as Twenty One Pilots, Cage The Elephant and Manchester Orchestra, to name a few. Outside of his music, the artist is also a professional model landing his face on campaigns across the globe. He has further involved himself in charity work, where he has partnered with various homeless and poverty-focused organizations.
The forthcoming alum, 'Evidence Of Things Unseen' marks a new chapter for the prolific artist. ‘Evidence,‘ is an album / playlist / compilation - each single building on the official Spotify playlist, with the full length album being released mid 2019.