Shelter (band)

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Vocalist Ray Cappo in 2010
Vocalist Ray Cappo in 2010
Background information
OriginNew York City, U.S.
Years active1991–present
MembersRay Cappo
John Porcelly
Daniel Larsson
Tim Brooks
Vinny Panza

Shelter is an American 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, Shelter 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 in support of the record, before going on extended hiatus.[4]

In 2005, vocalist Ray Cappo recorded an album titled Eternal, with ten new songs and a remake of the track "In Defense of Reality". The album was released in May 2006 by Good Life Recordings. Cappo also did a European tour with a few Dutch hardcore musicians functioning as his touring band.[5]

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

The band reunited again for a US tour and a European festival date, with Sammy Siegler on drums,[citation needed] 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]

Band members[edit]

Original lineup

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


  • Perfection of Desire (1990)
  • Quest for Certainty (1992)
  • Attaining the Supreme (1993)
  • Shelter Bhajan (1993)
  • Standard Temple Songs (1993)
  • Mantra (1995)
  • Beyond Planet Earth (1997)
  • When 20 Summers Pass (2000)
  • The Purpose, The Passion (2001)
  • Eternal (2006)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Shelter Music News & Info". September 8, 2005. Archived from the original on February 19, 2009. Retrieved April 21, 2011.
  2. ^ "Hare Krishna Hard Core"., taken from an article from Spin in summer 1995. Archived from the original on December 3, 2014. Retrieved October 4, 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. Archived from the original on April 26, 2010. Retrieved April 21, 2011.
  5. ^ "Shelter Show Must Go On". August 27, 1997. Archived from the original on May 19, 2008. Retrieved January 21, 2023.
  6. ^ "Shelter announce tour with Dave Smalley's band Don't Sleep". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
  7. ^ "Influential Krishnacore Band Shelter Reunite for U.S. and European Shows". ISKCON News. Archived from the original on June 21, 2018. Retrieved June 21, 2018.

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