Saxon Shore (band)

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Saxon Shore
Background information
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Years active 2001–present
Labels Burnt Toast Vinyl (2003-Present)
Broken Factory Records (2001-2002)
Associated acts
Website Official website
Members Oliver Chapoy
Matt Doty
Stephen Roessner
Will Stichter
Past members Josh Tillman
Zach Tillman
Matt Stone

Saxon Shore is an American post-rock band consisting of members from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Brooklyn, New York. The group has thus far released five albums: one packaged as an EP (Luck Will Not Save Us...) and four as full-lengths. Earlier records featured only five to seven songs, while more recent albums have had several more.

Saxon Shore's overall sound has been compared to Caspian, Explosions in the Sky, Joy Wants Eternity, This Will Destroy You, and God is an Astronaut.


Saxon Shore formed in 2001 as the joint project of guitarist Matthew Doty and drummer Josh Tillman. The two wrote several songs that, in time, were recorded for the duo's debut album Be a Bright Blue, released on Doty's own imprint, Broken Factory Records. Tillman's brother Zach was recruited for bass duties during the studio process and found himself becoming a full-fledged member.

After a host of tours across the United States (in which the band recruited three separate bassists), Doty moved to Seattle and later exchanged four-tracks with Josh Tillman, who was living in upstate New York at the time. Studio time reserved in Atlanta eventually blossomed into their next effort, Four Months of Darkness. Traveling musician Matt Stone contributing on guitar and like Zach before him, joined, making the group a four-piece. The album marked a change in Saxon Shore's sound from the light indie pop of Be a Bright Blue to the more melodic Four Months.


Current members[edit]

Former members[edit]

  • Josh Tillman – Drums (2001–2004)
  • Zach Tillman – Bass guitar (2002–2004)
  • Matt Stone – Electric guitar, keyboards (2003)

Touring members[edit]

  • Justin Saxby – Bass guitar (summer 2003)
  • Bethany Olson – Keyboards (winter 2003)
  • Joel Votaw – Bass guitar (spring-summer 2003)
  • Erin Berkey – Keyboards, bells (summer 2002)
  • Jesse Pierce – Bass guitar (winter 2002)


Side projects[edit]

Since 2005, Saxon Shore members have gone on to work on other musical projects, including:

  • Midnight Faces - West Coast synth pop featuring Doty and singer Phil Stancil.
  • Williams Shift - Pop music penned by Stone and Roessner, with fellow musicians Matt Thomas and Jill Purdy.


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