Shipping News has been a band since the fall of 1996, when they were just three guys in a small house in Kentucky. Their first music was composed for the public radio program “This American Life” — a show they still enjoy. They released their first record, Save Everything on Quarterstick Records in September of 1997, and a split EP with the band Metroschifter soon followed. Very Soon, and in Pleasant Company, their second album, was released in January 2001. Both of these albums garnered praise and savage criticism, often citing that “post rock” or “math rock” was dead.
Shipping News kept rocking, regardless. People attended their concerts, swayed back and forth and were fun to talk to at the merch table. Sometimes people would talk on their cellphones instead of listening. One or two people yelled and tore off their shirts.
After finishing a series of limited edition EPs in 2001 and 2002 (Carrier, Sickening Bridge, Variegated) the band assembled them into a double album called Three-Four, released in February 2003. Three-Four also received many kind words and a few harsh rebuttals. 2004 saw the band touring through the southern United States and recording an album with their newest band member, bass player Todd Cook. They released the Flies the Fields LP/CD in Spring 2005.
Shipping News have toured the US and Europe extensively over the last 10 years. They have played the RHAAA Lovely Festival in Belgium, as well as All Tomorrow’s Parties in the U.K. They performed at the Touch & Go’s 25th Anniversary in September 2006 and toured in Japan that same year. In 2007, they worked with their other projects (Dead Child, Gold Jacket Club, Shannon Wright, Rachel’s and others) and in 2008 returned to the stage at the Primavera Festival in Barcelona, as well as other shows in the U.S. and Europe. Writing and practice sessions for a new album happened throughout 2009.
Shipping News played a set featuring seven tracks of their new material on June 19, 2009 at Skull Alley in Louisville, Ky., with their good friends Three-Second Kiss and Bear Claw. The live show was recorded on a digital multitrack system by Brian Lueken and mixed by Kevin Ratterman (Wax Fang). Several songs from that show are featured on the new album One Less Heartless To Fear – in stores now on LP, CD and download via iTunes, Bandcamp and other worldwide digital retailers.