Stories We Tell
7hy is a band with a sterling pedigree and unchallenged history in rock. Their accomplishments speak for themselves and need not be recounted here. Seven Hard Years, or 7HY if you like, is the brainchild of ex-Shy drummer Alan Kelly and while he draws upon his experience from being a part of Shy and a part of the now legendary 80s music industry, 7HY is no mere Shy clone. Expanding upon his capabilities as a songwriter (Kelly penned lyrics for several Shy classics), Alan took to the guitar and keyboards and set about finding his own path. Once he had songs in hand, he made contact with then Line Of Fire vocalist Shawn Pelata to set about making the debut 7HY album. Alan handled the bulk of the playing himself while calling upon good friends and family (including former Shy bandmate Roy Davis) for some supplemental instrumentation. The resulting album, 'No Place In Heaven' released on Davis' Lynchburg Music in 2014 and was well-received across the globe among rock fans and established the act as a force to be reckoned with. Alan was not about to stop there. Once release details were sorted for the debut, Alan and Shawn set about preparing the next release. Armed with 12 brand new songs, the duo wanted to do all they could to top the debut. Having risen to the challenge, 2016's 'Stories We Tell' (released on Lion's Pride Music) was packed with more energy, more melody, more intense performances, and did well to squelch the sophomore jinx.