Long Island-based rock trio Baked Shrimp has self-released their second full-length studio album, Conscious, out today (3/26).
The 10-track album from the funk-rock outfit comprised of guitarist/singer Jared Cowen, drummer Jager Soss, and bassist/singer Scott Reill hears the trio explore an expanded sound compared to past recordings. The band looked to make a statement on these songs by welcoming Nick and Mike Rufolo (The Brothers Nylon) into the studio to collaborate and provide additional horns, synths, and strings parts to the rock tracks.
“As a three-piece, it’s not always so easy to get the exact sound you’re looking for in a song or a jam, especially when performing live,” Jared Cowen said in a press statement to go with the album’s arrival on Friday. “So in the studio, we had the amazing and incredible Nick Rufolo at our disposal to play horns, keyboards, synthesizers, strings, pretty much anything and everything we could ever want to track…So we really were able to let loose and track anything we imagined, there were no barriers,”
The album title we really struggled to come up with for a while. We were pretty close to finishing tracking and we still had no idea what to call it. We threw a bunch of ideas around, but nothing really stuck. Conscious ended up being the perfect title for a very unfortunate and sad reason. In November, we suddenly lost a great friend and fan in the Baked Shrimp community, Lon Conscious Gellman. We never had anyone in the world promote the Baked Shrimp name like Lon would. He made us many, many fans, introduced us to big names in the scene…and what was super important…was that he always was honest with us.
Stream the band’s new studio album in full via the Spotify player below.
Baked Shrimp – Conscious
Baked Shrimp will look to showcase their new material at the inaugural LonCon music festival this summer on August 28th-29th. The two-day event set to take place at Arrowhead Ranch and Retreat in Parksville, NY will include two nights of performances from Baked Shrimp along with sets from Mihali (Twiddle), Aqueous, and more to be announced.
The band will also host their own album release show next month with a performance at Barnum Ballroom in Island Park, NY on April 3rd.
Head to the band’s website for ticket info and album order info.