They spent two years writing, rewriting, collaborating, practicing and perfecting, and on Aug. 4, Ellis Dyson & the Shambles released their second full-length album, “Henhouse.”
The album features 10 tracks, including the album's namesake "Circlin' the Henhouse."
“For two years we were writing songs, practicing them, playing them live, tweaking them almost daily,” front man Ellis Dyson said. “So what you hear on the album is the product of that process.”
The band celebrated the release of their album on Sept. 2 at the album release party at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro. There was no shortage of excitement with five bands and a circus group from Raleigh all performing. Dyson said that the band hired Raleigh-based circus troupe, Imagine Circus, along with Durham-based brass band called the Bulltown Strutters for the performance.
“The vibe of the audience at the ‘Henhouse’ show was so great,” said fan Laura Mindlin. “You could feel the excitement. People were all just running to the merchandise table to get the album. It was just super fun.”