Backwards Dancer’s self-titled, debut full-length album is out today – via Rory Records, an Equal Vision Records imprint founded by Say Anything’s Max Bemis. Backwards Dancer is currently on a full US tour supporting Eisley and Civilian. All upcoming tour dates can be found below.

Backwards Dancer is available on all digital retailers, from the band at all upcoming tour dates, at, and streaming at

The band recently released a haunting new music video for “I Saw Your Spirit”, which reflects on vocalist/guitarist Zack Shaw’s past musical history. The video can be seen now HERE; And follows the release of “Breathe Life Into Beauty”, the first song/video released from the new album, which was also named the Rockest Record / track of the week on BBC Radio One’s Rock Show with Daniel P, Carter. Both videos were filmed and produced by Ugly Duck Studios.

Formed in 2014, following Shaw’s departure from The Hotelier (which he co-founded, under the original moniker The Hotel Year), Backwards Dancer has quickly developed their unique style that navigates deep intrapersonal emotion into thoughtfully orchestrated compositions. The new album explores the concept of dependence, and the human condition in general, in a raw and dynamic way, in the context of relationships, use of substances, money, overall mental health and more.

“I hope people will gain a sense of comfort and hopefully a new sonic world to get lost in,” reveals Shaw. “Most of my favorite artists have a way of crafting this atmosphere and giving the listener this sense that the record is taking place in some real place that feels familiar yet is detached enough that it doesn’t feel invasive. At least that’s the way I see it, so I hope people get the same feels that I get when I listen to it.”

Backwards Dancer is comprised of vocalist/guitarist Zack Shaw, guitarist Ryan Kelleher, drummer Andy Underwood, and bassist Sam Creager.

Eisley w/Civilian and Backwards Dancer
Mar 03 Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt
Mar 04 Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room – Studio
Mar 05 Pittsburgh, PA @ The Club at Stage AE
Mar 06 Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry at The Fillmore
Mar 08 Columbus, OH @ The Basement
Mar 09 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
Mar 10 Detroit, MI @ Shelter
Mar 11 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
Mar 12 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
Mar 13 Indianapolis, IN @ The HiFi
Mar 15 Austin, TX @ SXSW – Central Presbyterian Church*
Mar 19 Greeley, CO @ Moxi Theater
Mar 20 Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge
Mar 22 Portland, OR @ Star Theater
Mar 23 Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
Mar 25 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
Mar 27 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
Mar 28 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues – Voodoo Room
Mar 29 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues – The Parish
Mar 30 Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
* Eisley only