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The Shrine
Rare Breed
1/15/2016
CD, LP, Digital


Josh Landau
(Guitar/Vocals)
Court Murphy
(Bass)
Jeff Murray
(Drums)


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Venice Beach, Dogtown, California. Circa, now. You’re hangin’ in front of your local pizza spot and a sketchy white van pulls up blasting rock and roll. LOUD. Cue a thundering mix-tape that's equal parts (Black) Sabbath and (Black) Flag...sounds that suck in the 70's and 80's and spit back out something that alternately grinds and then breaks the concrete itself.  There’s smoke trailing out of the rear window and you shudder to think your little sister could be in the back seat. A disheveled gang of longhairs piles out and as soon as they arrived they are gone. You're left standing there with your hands in your pockets, pondering their very existence and by default your own.


The Shrine’s takes you inside that van. It’s a van full of smoke, sweat, Marshall amps, skateboards, and all things heavy. Over the course of their last two records: 2012's Primitive Blast and 2014's Bless Off (both released on Tee Pee Records, the Shrine has captured the hearts and minds of hardcores, heshers and skaters alike. Sonically speaking, this band fuses the wildest riffs of your dad’s vinyl collection with the fury of a backyard punk show getting busted by the cops. Delivered as bursts of urgent screams, the lyrics question reality and demand self-empowerment. True Fact: The very amp that Black Flag recorded their landmark Damaged album with now resides in The Shrine's rehearsal space and has been a part of all of the band's recordings. However, this is no exercise in nostalgia.  The lessons from the past have been learned and labels like punk, hard rock, and heavy metal have been transcended and rendered obsolete. The band refers to their sound simply as Psychedelic Violence.


Cut to the summer of 2015, Downtown L.A. recording studio. After spending the better part of the last two years riding hot rails from hell around the U.S., Europe, Japan and Australia, The Shrine have found a kindred soul in producer Dave Jerden (Alice In Chains, Social Distortion, Jane's Addiction). He stumbled into Timewarp Guitar Shop on Venice Blvd where The Shrine performed their debut show at in 2009 and heard their record playing. They soon took up practicing together and sharing their obsession of Captain Beyond and The Battle Raven & Nightmare Queen. The results are pure California Jam '74 meets Suicidal skate rock being force-fed the brown acid by Charles Manson.


"We've been pushing it hard as hell touring and jamming our new riffs to come up with something that's all our own that gets us off. We're fortunate to be in same neighborhood as people like Chuck Dukowski and Jeff Ho, and we feel all the trouble they caused was for the right reasons. We're living to crawl the world and worship rock and roll. Our new album Rare Breed is our proof."