Shiner (band)

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OriginKansas City, Missouri, United States
GenresPost-hardcore,[1] math rock, alternative rock, indie rock
Years active1992–2003, 2012-Present
LabelsDeSoto, Hit It!, Sub Pop, Owned & Operated, Anodyne
Associated actsThe Life and Times, Season to Risk, Molly McGuire, Open Hand, Year of the Rabbit, Players Club, Every Time I Die, The Damned Things, Project 86
MembersAllen Epley
Paul Malinowski
Jason Gerken
Josh Newton
Past membersJeff Brown
Tim Dow
Joel Hamilton
Shawn Sherrill

Shiner is an American post-hardcore band from Kansas City, Missouri that was active from 1992 to 2003. Since 2012 Shiner has been playing several shows a year.


The group formed in 1992, and quickly found wide exposure, releasing a vinyl EP in 1993 and touring with acts such as Sunny Day Real Estate, Chore, Jawbox, Season to Risk, The Jesus Lizard, and Girls Against Boys.[1] The group released their first LP, Splay (recorded at Steve Albini's Chicago studio) in 1996,[2] and a second album, Lula Divinia the next year. Sub Pop took notice, and released a 7" single of the group's songs "Sleep it Off" and "Half Empty". Following this the band toured with Hum in 1998.[1] A third full-length, Starless, was released on a label run by members of Descendents, Owned and Operated, in 2000. A fourth LP, The Egg, would follow before the group broke up in 2002. This was recorded and produced at Matt Talbott's recording studio, Great Western Record Recorders in Tolono IL. Malinowski and Gerken are now in Open Hand, while Josh Newton is the guita/synth player for Sie Lieben Maschinen. Allen Epley is in The Life and Times. Shiner is reportedly working on new music.

The band also has the song "Third Gear Scratch" included on the soundtrack of the video game Saints Row 2.[3]

Final show[edit]

After announcing that the band was breaking up, Shiner scheduled a final performance. The final show was held at The Madrid Theater in Kansas City[4] on January 25, 2003. Houston, Dirtnap, and Elevator Division opened.

Reunions (2012–present)[edit]

Nearly ten years after its final show, Shiner announced a quintet of reunion shows in the US to celebrate the reissue of The Egg on vinyl on August 7, 2012. The dates include stops in NYC, LA, Lawrence, Kansas and Chicago:

  • 8.11 New York, NY – Gramercy
  • 8.18 Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
  • 8.24 Lawrence, KS – The Granada
  • 8.25 & 26 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge

In 2015, the band played a second series of reunion shows in conjunction with a vinyl reissue of Starless:[citation needed]

  • 7.15 Austin, TX – Red 7
  • 7.17 Kansas City, MO – Record Bar
  • 7.18 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock
  • 7.19 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle

In 2016, they played a few shows:

  • 1.14 Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe
  • 1.15 New York, NY - St. Vitus
  • 1.16 New York, NY - St. Vitus

2017 saw a similar short US tour in conjunction with the vinyl re-release of Lula Divinia.

  • 2.22 Champaign, IL - Accord
  • 2.24 Kansas City, MO - Record Bar
  • 2.25 Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
  • 3.03 San Francisco, CA - Bottom Of The Hill
  • 3.04 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
  • 3.05 San Diego, CA - The Casbah
  • 9.08 Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall
  • 9.09 Chicago, IL - Wurst Fest


  • 9.21 Rock Island, IL - RIBCO
  • 9.22 Kansas City, MO - Record bar
  • 9.23 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle



Previous members[edit]

  • Jeff Brown (drums)
  • Tim Dow (drums)
  • Joel Hamilton (guitar)
  • Shawn Sherrill (bass)


Studio albums[edit]

Year Title
1996 Splay
1997 Lula Divinia
2000 Starless
  • Release date: April 18, 2000
  • Label: Owned & Operated
2001 The Egg
  • Release date: October 23, 2001
  • Label: DeSoto Records

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • "Brooks" / "Released" (1993, DeSoto)
  • "Crush" / "Exhaust" (1994, Hit It!)
  • "Floodwater" / "Cowboy" (1995, HitIt!)
  • "Sleep it Off" / "Half Empty" (1997, Sub Pop)
  • "Farewell Bend Merger" (1998, DeSoto)
  • "Semper Fi" / "Sailor's Fate" (1999, DeSoto)
  • "Making Love EP" (2000, Anodyne, reissued in 2007)


  • "Only Shallow" on the Soak Your Shoes in Red Wine and Strike the Angels Dumb compilation CD (2003, Grand Theft Autumn)
  • "Anytime" (credited as Ohms) on the No Escape: a Tribute to Journey compilation CD-EP (2003, URININE)


  1. ^ a b c Biography,
  2. ^ Band Info. Third Gear Scratch. Accessed August 18, 2007.
  3. ^ "Whoops! Browser Settings Incompatible". Archived from the original on 2008-10-11. Retrieved 2012-04-02.
  4. ^ Kansas City Rock[permanent dead link], The Pitch

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