“We knew that wanted to do something different,” says Zimmermann. “We made the first record in four days, all live to tape—which was an amazing challenge.
But this time, we had more than a month in the studio, which gave us a lot more leeway with time and ability to experiment.”
The songs they selected for the Shameless EP are intended as a bridge between the two albums, an introduction to the new directions Striking Matches are pursuing while still retaining the bluesy, rootsy core and instrumental virtuosity of the debut. “Bad” is dramatic and reverb-heavy, with a Roy Orbison flavor, while “Ghost,” says Davis, takes the “direct inspiration of angst and aggression pent up from our first record.” The title track serves as a mission statement for the duo’s fearless approach to creativity, and “Medicine” offers a more rhythmic, groove-centric sound.