Shy Mirrors (2010 – 2016) was supposed to be a band. In 2010 I had a collection of songs I thought would sound great fleshed out live and loud, which is exactly what Stockholm needed at that time. Sorry for not coming through.

In 2010 I recorded a batch of songs by myself as a sort of demo to kick off this new project. I was quickly offered the chance to release them as is and I jumped at the chance. That made me want to record more songs in a similar fashion and so I did. I was lucky enough to have labels that wanted to release them.

Finding a drummer and bass player proved impossible although I honestly did try to the best of my abilities. It just never happened. Most of the people I have been in bands with I went to high school with. I have a hard time letting people in. Call this a major flaw, but that’s how it is. I never clicked with the right people in Stockholm to make Shy Mirrors a full-fledged thing, so I had another solo project on my hands.

I took it as far as I could. I faked it being a band for a minute. I tried and it worked but these songs needed camaraderie. The flame burned bright and with short wick flickered.

3/31/12 @ Third City Sound – Joliet, Il
(video, audio, photos)

4/3/12 @ Mike n’ Molly’s – Champaign, IL

4/4/12 @ Township – Chicago, Il
(video, audio, photos)

4/5/12 @ Cactus Club – Milwaukee, WI

The complete Shy Mirrors discography is available for purchase on bandcamp.

Jersey Beat – Dec, 2011
“Sailed Blanks finds Shy Mirrors fully committed to a combination of muscle and pop sensibility.” “the band pushes its sonic boundaries, raging with authentic aggression. Shy Mirrors has snuck in a radiant release just under the wire of 2011.”

Big Takeover #69 – Nov, 2011
“Shy Mirrors hollers hot, quick-hitting, indie rock with heavier 1977-1981 punk guitars, like The Rich Kids on double the amphetamines covering Negative Trend. Give them two-minutes 11 times, and they’ll bang out a big blast of babyfaced energy with pop hooks like the breakout “Breakout,” or the Ramones-ish “Argon” (beat on this, brats!), that will blitzkrieg your bop in nothing flat.” – Jack Rabid

Wilfully Obscure – Nov, 2011
“Two minute songs, a total blast, and an out-an-out winner.” “Sailed Blanks is perhaps the finest LP of 2011’s late-breaking releases.”

Indie Rock Cafe – March, 2013
“His songs are frenzied, two-minute or less blitzkrieg romps of lo-fi garage rock, punk and pop hooks – a la Superchunk and the The Ramones – delivered with riveting, downstroke power chords, served with a double dose of distortion, and topped off with angst-driven, nasal-like vocals – all of which are aspects of Downey’s signature sound.”

Fabricoh Magazine – Feb, 2013
“Are you ever going to stop wearing Chuck Taylors? Are you ever going to stop eating mashed potatoes? No? Then Shy Mirrors is the band for you!”

Wilfully Obscure – Feb, 2013
“As if the fourteen dozen tracks here aren’t stupefyingly impressive in their own right, Negative’s sheer consistency is the icing on an already scalding hot cake.”

The Fire Note – Feb, 2013
“If you are looking for a bunch of gimmicks you have put on the wrong record as Shy Mirrors bring a very authentic fuzzed up noise rock that comes at you in various sounds and speeds while being comparable to pieces of well-loved bands that have come before them.”

I Buy WAY Too Many Records – Feb, 2013
“Channeling the energy of some of my favorite pop bands of the 90’s with amazingly catchy choruses, this is a band that should far exceed the popularity of this limited to 150 copies record.”

NME – January, 2014
“Fast, frantic and undeniably furious, Shy Mirrors offer a nostalgic kick that can’t be shaken off.”

Myspace.com – June, 2013
“Part U.K. punk, part scuzzy ’90s indie rock and most of all, all-around awesomeness.” (25 Best New Cassettes of 2013 So Far)

Tiny Mix Tapes – July, 2015
Dodging the Column has the feeling of going back over an argument in your head, what you did say, what you wish you said, what you would say different in retrospect. It’s an endless parade of other theoretical arguments and how you would win them…”

Punknews.org – July, 2015
“Downey creates tracks with a variety of shapes and influences. Songs like “Plastic Skull” ooze along with a power pop strut reminiscent of The Undertones and The Exploding Hearts.“ “The songs are fuzzy and warm, with a charming glow…”

Raven Sings the Blues – September, 2016 “Downey has found a similar muse in the short form pop-punk that drives Tony Molina to bash out jingle-sized nuggets of fuzz pop… ‘Cements’ doesn’t last long but it gets its claws in quick and feeds on a cocktail of nostalgia and a hunger for the hook.”

Austin Town Hall – August, 2016
“It’s almost like a pop version of Guided by Voices… only with larger hooks for listeners. …There’s not a song on this whole record that I didn’t enjoy, and with short tracks, it’s easy to fall in love, then press repeat to start enjoying yourself all over again.”

The Fire Note – July, 2016 “another blast of short lo-fi goodness and brings plenty of “hit replay” moments.”

Shy Mirrors in Chicago
When Nothing is Next
Cassette (2016)
Dodging the Column
Cassette (2015)
Wrong Bomb
Cassette (2013)
Negative Collector
LP (2013)
Sailed Blanks
LP (2011)
Reactors EP
12" lathe (2010)

Shy Mirrors (2010 – 2016) was supposed to be a band. In 2010 I had a collection of songs I thought would sound great fleshed out live and loud, which is exactly what Stockholm needed at that time. Sorry for not coming through.

In 2010 I recorded a batch of songs by myself as a sort of demo to kick off this new project. I was quickly offered the chance to release them as is and I jumped at the chance. That made me want to record more songs in a similar fashion and so I did. I was lucky enough to have labels that wanted to release them. 

Finding a drummer and bass player proved impossible although I honestly did try to the best of my abilities. It just never happened. Most of the people I have been in bands with I went to high school with. I have a hard time letting people in. Call this a major flaw, but that’s how it is. I never clicked with the right people in Stockholm to make Shy Mirrors a full-fledged thing, so I had another solo project on my hands.

I took it as far as I could. I faked it being a band for a minute. I tried and it worked but these songs needed camaraderie. The flame burned bright and with short wick flickered.

3/31/12 @ Third City Sound – Joliet, Il
(video, audio, photos)

4/3/12 @ Mike n’ Molly’s – Champaign, IL

4/4/12 @ Township – Chicago, Il
(video, audio, photos)

4/5/12 @ Cactus Club – Milwaukee, WI

The complete Shy Mirrors discography is available for purchase on bandcamp.

Jersey Beat – Dec, 2011
“Sailed Blanks finds Shy Mirrors fully committed to a combination of muscle and pop sensibility.” “the band pushes its sonic boundaries, raging with authentic aggression. Shy Mirrors has snuck in a radiant release just under the wire of 2011.”

Big Takeover #69 – Nov, 2011
“Shy Mirrors hollers hot, quick-hitting, indie rock with heavier 1977-1981 punk guitars, like The Rich Kids on double the amphetamines covering Negative Trend. Give them two-minutes 11 times, and they’ll bang out a big blast of babyfaced energy with pop hooks like the breakout “Breakout,” or the Ramones-ish “Argon” (beat on this, brats!), that will blitzkrieg your bop in nothing flat.” – Jack Rabid

Wilfully Obscure – Nov, 2011
“Two minute songs, a total blast, and an out-an-out winner.” “Sailed Blanks is perhaps the finest LP of 2011’s late-breaking releases.”

Indie Rock Cafe – March, 2013
“His songs are frenzied, two-minute or less blitzkrieg romps of lo-fi garage rock, punk and pop hooks – a la Superchunk and the The Ramones – delivered with riveting, downstroke power chords, served with a double dose of distortion, and topped off with angst-driven, nasal-like vocals – all of which are aspects of Downey’s signature sound.”

Fabricoh Magazine – Feb, 2013
“Are you ever going to stop wearing Chuck Taylors? Are you ever going to stop eating mashed potatoes? No? Then Shy Mirrors is the band for you!”

Wilfully Obscure – Feb, 2013
“As if the fourteen dozen tracks here aren’t stupefyingly impressive in their own right, Negative’s sheer consistency is the icing on an already scalding hot cake.”

The Fire Note – Feb, 2013
“If you are looking for a bunch of gimmicks you have put on the wrong record as Shy Mirrors bring a very authentic fuzzed up noise rock that comes at you in various sounds and speeds while being comparable to pieces of well-loved bands that have come before them.”

I Buy WAY Too Many Records – Feb, 2013
“Channeling the energy of some of my favorite pop bands of the 90’s with amazingly catchy choruses, this is a band that should far exceed the popularity of this limited to 150 copies record.”

NME – January, 2014
“Fast, frantic and undeniably furious, Shy Mirrors offer a nostalgic kick that can’t be shaken off.”

Myspace.com – June, 2013
“Part U.K. punk, part scuzzy ’90s indie rock and most of all, all-around awesomeness.” (25 Best New Cassettes of 2013 So Far)

Tiny Mix Tapes – July, 2015
Dodging the Column has the feeling of going back over an argument in your head, what you did say, what you wish you said, what you would say different in retrospect. It’s an endless parade of other theoretical arguments and how you would win them…”

Punknews.org – July, 2015
“Downey creates tracks with a variety of shapes and influences. Songs like “Plastic Skull” ooze along with a power pop strut reminiscent of The Undertones and The Exploding Hearts.“ “The songs are fuzzy and warm, with a charming glow…”

Raven Sings the Blues – September, 2016 “Downey has found a similar muse in the short form pop-punk that drives Tony Molina to bash out jingle-sized nuggets of fuzz pop… ‘Cements’ doesn’t last long but it gets its claws in quick and feeds on a cocktail of nostalgia and a hunger for the hook.”

Austin Town Hall – August, 2016
“It’s almost like a pop version of Guided by Voices… only with larger hooks for listeners. …There’s not a song on this whole record that I didn’t enjoy, and with short tracks, it’s easy to fall in love, then press repeat to start enjoying yourself all over again.”

The Fire Note – July, 2016 “another blast of short lo-fi goodness and brings plenty of “hit replay” moments.”

Jersey Beat – Dec, 2011
“Sailed Blanks finds Shy Mirrors fully committed to a combination of muscle and pop sensibility.” “the band pushes its sonic boundaries, raging with authentic aggression. Shy Mirrors has snuck in a radiant release just under the wire of 2011.”

Big Takeover #69 – Nov, 2011
“Shy Mirrors hollers hot, quick-hitting, indie rock with heavier 1977-1981 punk guitars, like The Rich Kids on double the amphetamines covering Negative Trend. Give them two-minutes 11 times, and they’ll bang out a big blast of babyfaced energy with pop hooks like the breakout “Breakout,” or the Ramones-ish “Argon” (beat on this, brats!), that will blitzkrieg your bop in nothing flat.” – Jack Rabid

Wilfully Obscure – Nov, 2011
“Two minute songs, a total blast, and an out-an-out winner.” “Sailed Blanks is perhaps the finest LP of 2011’s late-breaking releases.”

Indie Rock Cafe – March, 2013
“His songs are frenzied, two-minute or less blitzkrieg romps of lo-fi garage rock, punk and pop hooks – a la Superchunk and the The Ramones – delivered with riveting, downstroke power chords, served with a double dose of distortion, and topped off with angst-driven, nasal-like vocals – all of which are aspects of Downey’s signature sound.”

Fabricoh Magazine – Feb, 2013
“Are you ever going to stop wearing Chuck Taylors? Are you ever going to stop eating mashed potatoes? No? Then Shy Mirrors is the band for you!”

Wilfully Obscure – Feb, 2013
“As if the fourteen dozen tracks here aren’t stupefyingly impressive in their own right, Negative’s sheer consistency is the icing on an already scalding hot cake.”

The Fire Note – Feb, 2013
“If you are looking for a bunch of gimmicks you have put on the wrong record as Shy Mirrors bring a very authentic fuzzed up noise rock that comes at you in various sounds and speeds while being comparable to pieces of well-loved bands that have come before them.”

I Buy WAY Too Many Records – Feb, 2013
“Channeling the energy of some of my favorite pop bands of the 90’s with amazingly catchy choruses, this is a band that should far exceed the popularity of this limited to 150 copies record.”

NME – January, 2014
“Fast, frantic and undeniably furious, Shy Mirrors offer a nostalgic kick that can’t be shaken off.”

Myspace.com – June, 2013
“Part U.K. punk, part scuzzy ’90s indie rock and most of all, all-around awesomeness.” (25 Best New Cassettes of 2013 So Far)

Tiny Mix Tapes – July, 2015
Dodging the Column has the feeling of going back over an argument in your head, what you did say, what you wish you said, what you would say different in retrospect. It’s an endless parade of other theoretical arguments and how you would win them…”

Punknews.org – July, 2015
“Downey creates tracks with a variety of shapes and influences. Songs like “Plastic Skull” ooze along with a power pop strut reminiscent of The Undertones and The Exploding Hearts.“ “The songs are fuzzy and warm, with a charming glow…”

Raven Sings the Blues – September, 2016 “Downey has found a similar muse in the short form pop-punk that drives Tony Molina to bash out jingle-sized nuggets of fuzz pop… ‘Cements’ doesn’t last long but it gets its claws in quick and feeds on a cocktail of nostalgia and a hunger for the hook.”

Austin Town Hall – August, 2016
“It’s almost like a pop version of Guided by Voices… only with larger hooks for listeners. …There’s not a song on this whole record that I didn’t enjoy, and with short tracks, it’s easy to fall in love, then press repeat to start enjoying yourself all over again.”

The Fire Note – July, 2016 “another blast of short lo-fi goodness and brings plenty of “hit replay” moments.”

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