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Christchurch, New Zealand (1985 – present)

There are three bands with the name The Shallows:

(1) The Shallows are an 11 piece folk/indie outfit from Perth, W.A.

Genre: Indie, Roots
Region: Perth, WA
Members: Adam Tatana- Vocals/guitar Hayley-Jane Ayres- Vocals/violin/tambourine Matt Parker- Keys/vocals Craig Childs- guitar/vocals Nick Vasey- guitar Garo Tanzi- drums James Rogers - Bass Sam Gillies- noise synth Rebecca Smith - Violin/Viola Belinda Porte- Cello Catherine Ashley - Harp James Cross- Trombone

Sounds Like: spiritualised, Sigur Ros, Arcade Fire

Influences: Broken Social Scene, spiritualised, Katie Noonan

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(2) A short-lived group from Christchurch, New Zealand. Fronted by Roy Montgomery on guitar and vocals.

The sound achieved on their lone 1985 7” single Suzanne Said b/w Trial By Separation was the template for Montgomery’s mid-90s guitar/vocal singles from during his New York apartment sojourn. The record was the product of a $750 government arts grant.

The Shallows were rounded off by former 25 cents, Victor Dimisich Band, Pin Group and Scorched Earth Policy member, Mary Heney on guitar and vocals, and M.S. Agro on bass, a sometime member of the Axemen.

Soon after, Roy Montgomery retreated from music for five years, until appearing in Dadamah around the start of the 1990s.

(3) A punk rock trio from Gothenburg, Sweden formed in 2008.


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