What eventually became the artistic endeavor which for a time consumed the majority of our creative energy and sanity had its seed planted by a half-joke/half-observation while driving around in 2013. We hadn't really played in a proper band together since we were in high school, but we thought- "Wouldn't it be cool to have a heavy metal band named 'Shagohod?'"
Within the next year, it just started to happen. The writing process was democratic but organic. Being friends who lived on opposite ends of the state, Dave would record ideas into his webcam in his basement efficiency in Deerfield, while Drew would demo ideas into Garageband in his Norwood apartment. We'd meet up on weekends to jam out ideas, flesh out arrangements and sculpt the parts.
After a long time nurturing and arranging and plotting, we finally got our act together, rehearsed our butts off and booked some studio time - and proceeded to take WAY too long because we were having WAY too much fun with all the awesome people at Northfire Recording Studio in Amherst. And after all the music was in the can, we returned to the same question that started everything, what the hell do we call ourselves?
We are Shagohod. Our record is called The Treading Behemoth. We hope you like it.
released June 14, 2017
Drew Bligh - Lead and rhythm guitars, lead and backing vocals, bass guitar, mandolin, cuatro, harmonium, percussion and synth
Dave Coffey - Drums and percussion, lead and backing vocals, bass guitar, rhythm guitar, piano, harmonium, organ, electric piano, cuatro and glockenspiel
Rick King - guitar solo, Track 7
Adam Matlock - clarinet solo, Track 4
Santina King - backing vocals, Tracks 7 and 12; spoken word, Track 10
Evan Berwald, Brittnie Carrier, Brenna Harvey, Travis Moore, Mallory Wray - backing vocals, Track 7
Produced by Shagohod and Garrett Sawyer
Engineered and mixed by Garrett Sawyer
at Northfire Recording Studio in Amherst, MA
Mastered by Nick Zampiello
at New Alliance East in Cambridge, MA
Album artwork by Julianne Eleanor