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SHUN

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Bucky
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Bucky Did someone say Throttlerod? Fuck ya, and as you check the credits you'll see quite a pedigree of accomplished musicians involved. The music sounds rather fresh while retaining the Small Stone signature crunch. Taking a rather progressive stoner rock route in the vein of label mates Lo Pan, Irata, and JIRM, while harnessing the power of hard, rhythmic fuzz.
Riff Sniffer.
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Riff Sniffer. Black and transparent clear marble purchased 6/3/21.
Arrived 6/16/21. Favorite track: Heese.
Darknight
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Darknight Stoner Rock with clever heavy rocking riffs that really stoke the fire inside SHUN's belly. The album is a real grower,it needs more listening to really appreciate how good SHUN are. FFO Clutch,The Sword and Brant Bjork Favorite track: At Most.
SabbathJeff
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SabbathJeff riyl lo pan, you say? I LOVE lo pan. so this comes either highly recommended, or mandatorialy, nay, dictatorially-mandated, yeah, that's the ticket.
Matthew Parness
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Matthew Parness Didn't know who Shun was when 2021 started. I know who they are now. Top 10 album for 2021.
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1.
Run 03:49
2.
Sleepwalking 03:44
3.
At Most 05:35
4.
Machina 05:15
5.
Undone 04:33
6.
Near Enemy 03:51
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Heese 03:53
9.
Once Again 05:32

about

Shun are a four-piece founded by Matt Whitehead (guitar/vocals), Scott Brandon (guitar/backing vocals), Jeff Baucom (bass) and Rob Elzey (drums), who recorded the nine tracks of their self-titled debut in isolation prior to turning them over to the esteemed J. Robbins at the Magpie Cage (Clutch, The Sword, so many others) for mixing and Dan Coutant at Sun Room Audio for mastering.

Astute Small Stone Records loyalists will recognize Whitehead from his work in Throttlerod. He’s not alone in pedigree. Brandon has spent most of his life as a working musician, producer and DJ in Detroit, Ann Arbor, MI, and Chicago. Baucom, a veteran player in his own right, played together briefly with Whitehead in a band called Made of Machines and has been a part of the regional music scene for some time. And Elzey has toured the world as a tech for the likes of Hatebreed and Unearth, among many others.

With this varied experience behind them, Shun work quickly to establish a distinct identity throughout this first LP, incorporating styles from melodic noise rock and heavy riffs to atmospheric largesse and contemplative, patient construction.

Having recorded in covid-isolation means drums and bass captured in Elzey’s garage and Brandon’s guitars recorded in his basement studio. Whitehead’s guitar was recorded with amps tucked into his bedroom closet and vocals also tracked in his house. A guest spot from Lamb of God’s Mark Morton on the penultimate “Heese” required no studio stop-by. But it also means songs put together over a period of months rather than days.

It’s to the band’s credit that Shun exists at all, let alone that it is neither disjointed nor wanting for urgency. A forceful and intermittently aggressive offering, it balances mood and intensity of expression throughout its songs. And while the record is coming out at a time when the band can’t get out and support it on stage as they otherwise might, the fact that they are pushing ahead with the release speaks as well to the need to say what they’re saying.

Shun’s style manages to be thoughtful and even sometimes proggy without giving in to self-indulgence or pretense, and their debut offers high-grade, dynamic, melodic heavy rock that resounds with purpose, taking familiar elements and pushing them beyond simplistic genre confines.

RIYL: Hum, Quicksand, Lo-Pan, Throttlerod, Failure, Tool

credits

released June 4, 2021

Shun is:
Jeff Baucom: bass
Matt Whitehead: vocals and guitar
Rob Elzey: drums
Scott Brandon: guitar and vocals

Additional musicians:
Mark Morton: guitar solo on "Heese"
J Robbins: various percussion

Recorded in our jam room and homes during the 2020 quarantine/pandemic.
Mixed by J Robbins @ The Magpie Cage Recording Studio .
Mastered by Dan Coutant @ Sun Room Audio.
Artwork by Alexander von Wieding.
Legal representation: Harlem Greenwood.

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