Shelter (band)

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Vocalist Ray Cappo in 2010
Vocalist Ray Cappo in 2010
Background information
OriginNew York City, U.S.
GenresHardcore punk
Years active1991–present
LabelsEqual Vision, Revelation, Roadrunner, Krishna Core, Victory, Supersoul, Good Life
Associated actsYouth of Today
WebsiteOfficial Facebook
MembersRay Cappo
John Porcelly
Daniel Larsson
Tim Brooks
Vinny Panza

Shelter is a Hare Krishna hardcore punk band, formed by Youth of Today vocalist Ray Cappo in 1991.[1] Because of the religious Hindu-oriented messages in its lyrics, Shelter's subgenre has been dubbed by some as krishnacore.[2][3]

Recent history[edit]

In 2001, the band released the album The Purpose, The Passion. In 2002, with a new drummer and a new guitarist, the band toured Europe and the eastern United States again in support of The Purpose, The Passion, before going on extended hiatus.[4]

In 2005, vocalist Ray Cappo recorded a new 11-track album entitled Eternal with 10 new songs and a remake of the song "In Defense of Reality". Eternal was released in May 2006 by Good Life Recordings. Cappo also did a European tour with a few members of Dutch hardcore bands functioning as the band.[5]

Shelter played two reunion shows in 2011: Göteborg, Sweden on June 16, and Reading, Pennsylvania, on June 26.

The line-up for the reunion shows were:

  • Vocals – Ray Cappo
  • Guitar – Porcell
  • Guitar – Daniel Larsson
  • Bass – Tim Brooks
  • Drums – Vinny Panza

The band reunited again for a US tour and a European festival date with Sammy Siegler on drums in 2018. Opening acts included Dave Smalley's Don't Sleep on the East Coast and Washington, D.C.-based hardcore band GIVE in the West.[6][7]


Original lineup[edit]

  • Ray Cappo
  • Dave Ware
  • Todd Knapp
  • Tom Capone
  • William Knapp

Later members[edit]

  • Jamie Whitehead
  • Graham Land
  • Chris Interrante (a.k.a. Krsna-Caitanya dasa)
  • Eric Dailey (a.k.a. Ekendra dasa)
  • Vic DiCara (a.k.a. Vraja Kishor dasa)
  • John Porcelly (a.k.a. Paramananda dasa)
  • Alex Garcia-Rivera
  • Dave DiCenso
  • Adam Blake (H2O)
  • Franklin Rhi
  • Sri Keshava (Baby Gopal)
  • Trey Files
  • Daniel Johansson (Versant, Shiny Toy Guns)
  • Ken Olden
  • Drura Parrish
  • Roy Mayorga (Nausea, Soulfly)
  • Conor Adam Logan
  • Tyler Lawrence
  • Norman Brannon (previously Norm Arenas)
  • Matt Malouin
  • Bryan K. Christner
  • Bip Bop McGillicuddy
  • Aaron Rossi
  • Sammy Dirksz (a.k.a. Sankirtanaika-pitarau dasa)
  • Perry Poldervaart
  • Cesco Willemse
  • Philip J. Kaplan
  • Edwin Verhiest
  • Marc Hoogenboom
  • Jason Grotrian (Eye for an Eye)
  • Mackie Jayson
  • Will Joyce
  • Antonio Valladares
  • Mike White (Negative Male Child)
  • Tim Brooks (Bold)
  • Sammy Siegler


  • No Compromise 7" (Equal Vision, 1990)
  • Perfection of Desire (Revelation, 1990)
  • In Defense of Reality 7" (Equal Vision, 1991)
  • Quest for Certainty (Equal Vision/De Milo Records, 1992)
  • Attaining the Supreme (Equal Vision, 1993, EVR7)
  • Shelter Bhajan (cassette) (Equal Vision, 1993)
  • Standard Temple (cassette) (Equal Vision)
  • Mantra (Roadrunner, 1995)
  • Here We Go (12"/CD single) (Roadrunner, 1995)
  • Message of the Bhagavat 7" (Supersoul, 1995)
  • Whole Wide World (CD single) (Roadrunner, 1997)
  • Beyond Planet Earth (Roadrunner, 1997)
  • Chanting & Meditations (Krishna Core, 1998)
  • When 20 Summers Pass (Victory, 2000)
  • The Purpose, The Passion (Supersoul, 2001)
  • Eternal (Good Life Recordings, 2006)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Shelter Music News & Info". September 8, 2005. Retrieved April 21, 2011.
  2. ^ "Hare Krishna Hard Core"., taken from an article from Spin in summer 1995. Archived from the original on 3 December 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Shelter profile on". Retrieved October 4, 2014.
  4. ^ Harris, Chris (December 22, 2005). "Metal File: Machine Head, Shelter, Darkthrone & More In This Week's Hard News – Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. Retrieved April 21, 2011.
  5. ^ [1] Rollingstone
  6. ^ "Shelter announce tour with Dave Smalley's band Don't Sleep". BrooklynVegan (in American English). Retrieved June 21, 2018.
  7. ^ "Influential Krishnacore Band Shelter Reunite for U.S. and European Shows". ISKCON News. Retrieved June 21, 2018.

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