Worcester, MA’s Backwards Dancer is now premiering a haunting new music video for “I Saw Your Spirit” at

“I wrote the lyrics to this song at a point where I was dealing with this sense of detachment, as well as keeping up with nurturing healthy relationships,” reveals vocalist/guitarist Zack Shaw. “It’s very much from the point of view of being on the outside looking in, trying to make sense of the absence of connection.”

The powerful song comes from Backwards Dancer’s self-titled, debut full-length that will be released on March 3 via Rory Records, an Equal Vision Records imprint founded by Say Anything’s Max Bemis. “I Saw Your Spirit” follows the release of “Breathe Life Into Beauty”, the first song released from the band’s forthcoming debut, which was recently 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.

Backwards Dancer is currently on a full US tour supporting Eisley and Civilian. All upcoming tour dates can be found below.

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 the follow-up to a stunning EP, New Life in Old Shoes, which is available now on Bandcamp and Spotify. Backwards Dancer is comprised of vocalist/guitarist Zack Shaw, guitarist Ryan Kelleher, drummer Andy Underwood, and bassist Sam Creager.

Pre-orders for Backwards Dancer’s new album are on sale now at, and include an instant mp3 download of “Breathe Life Into Beauty”.

Eisley w/Civilian and Backwards Dancer
Feb 22 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle – Back Room
Feb 23 Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java
Feb 24 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
Feb 25 Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
Feb 26 Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun – Wolf Den*
Feb 27 New York, NY @ Webster Hall – Studio
Feb 28 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Mar 02 South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
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 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