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Album Review

Shiner's power-trio indie rock sounds tend to have a lot of dreamy, shimmering qualities, but it's for true rockers only — Lula Divinia always returns to explosively heavy rock bombast that puts their overall approach on grounds quite close to those of Hum. As such, the album should prove immensely appealing to all of those rock adherents who didn't appreciate the movement of '90s indie toward its gentler, hazier side. [The CD was also released with two bonus tracks.]

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Definitive KC sound

Kansas City, Missouri is not only known for the Chiefs and great barbeque, or even the home of a very strong and definitive type of jazz/blues.......no, it is also known for a having given birth to a music scene that defies description and or definition. Out of that scene came a powerful trio called Shiner. Their sound was hard to describe but consisted of ungodly low end power courtesy of one Paul Malinowski, and equally challenging albeit athletic grooves pounded out by Tim "Sweet T" Dowd. Sitting on top of this thunderous and complex bedrock was Allen Eppley's truly unique vocals and unique chords/voicings/lines creating what is today considered to be one of the founding ingredients of a genre fondly referred to as "mathrock". Shiner would release more incredible records after Lula Divinia (Starless and The Egg) with a different drummer (Jason Gerken) and second guitarist (Josh Newton) but Lula Divinia is to my ears a defining moment in this sound. "Third Gear Scratch" has a groove and hook that once sunk into your gums cannot come uncorked. Just truly brutal. Guys like me that played in so called "rival bands" in the same scene would go to Shiner gigs to get an idea of how it was really done. To catch a good or great Shiner gig was to stand in the presence not of greatness, but something unique. And it's long gone now. Allen has a new band called The Life and Times that you can find on iTunes (Tim was last in Year of teh Rabbit with Ken Wagener from Failure). As cool as TLAT is, Shiner was truly special. I recommend this record in a HUGE way and wish I could somehow package up a bunch of gigs into one file so people that missed them could get an idea of the immense power they wielded from the stage. Oh well. Maybe they'll do it again one day?

some of the best stuff you've probably never heard

lately i've been mystified by hidden 90s gems like failure, jawbox, hum, swervedriver, and far. so it wasn't long until i stumbled across shiner. all legendary within their respective circles of fans, because to know these bands is to love them. aye, there's the rub. too few people know of these groups or albums like lula divinia. too few people know about the song "my life as a housewife" and how just a single listen is like taking on a prizefighter for 12 rounds. too few people know of the incredible combination of "sideways" and it's mesmerizing counterpart, "pinned." too few people can vouch for the space rocking greatness that is "cake." but for those few, it sure feels good to know, doesn't it?

Day late and a dollar short

I recently bought the last three Shiner albums (Lula, Starless and the Egg). Although The Egg seemed to have gotten the most props Lula is a much better record. Starless has it bright spots but not as good as the other two.

Biography

Formed: 1992 in Kansas City, MO

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Formed in 1992 in the outskirts of Kansas City, Missouri, Shiner originally included Allen Epley (guitar, vocals), Jeff Brown (drums), and Shawn Sherrill (bass). After Tim Dow replaced Brown, the band found itself sharing the stage with Season to Risk, Sunny Day Real Estate, the Jesus Lizard, and Girls Against Boys before the DeSoto label -- run by Jawbox, another touring partner -- released the band's debut single, "Brooks," in 1993. Their first album was Splay, issued on DeSoto in 1996. Season...
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