Worcester, MA’s Backwards Dancer has signed to Rory Records, an Equal Vision Records imprint founded by Say Anything’s Max Bemis. The band is premiering a gutwrenching music video for “Breathe Life Into Beauty” – a new song that appears on the band’s forthcoming debut, full-length album – at The video was filmed and produced by Ugly Duck Studios.

Backwards Dancer will be released on March 3, while the band is on a full US tour supporting Eisley and Civilian. The album was recorded at Echo Room Studios in Worcester, MA.

“Growing up and through much of my formative years, the music of Say Anything and Saves the Day were integral for me in sorting out my own path and I found solidarity in their passion and prolific work. The opportunity to be seen on the same plane and exist in the same realm as these bands was something incredible and surreal, (still is…) but felt extremely natural,” notes vocalist/guitarist Zack Shaw of the signing. “The support and confidence that Max and the entire EVR/Rory team has shown us has been incredible, so working with them seemed like the perfect place for our music to live. We are looking forward to making our best art to contribute to this culture we have grown up around.”

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, Old Life in New 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”. All upcoming tour dates can be found below.

Eisley w/Civilian and Backwards Dancer
Feb 16 Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall – Upstairs
Feb 17 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues – Cambridge Room
Feb 18 Waco, TX @ Common Grounds
Feb 20 Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
Feb 21 Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl
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 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

Backwards Dancer
1. Airy
2. Breathe Life Into Beauty
3. Artists as Characters ft. Max Bemis
4. I Saw Your Spirit ft. Max Bemis
5. I Wish I Could Have
6. The Radio
7. Forever
8. Vanishing, Panicking
9. While the World Is Waiting
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