SCHADENFREUDE – FIRST ALBUM FROM SHINER IN 19 YEARS – OUT NOW ! Tour Stops In St. Louis On December 9th At Red Flag.

(Photo by Todd Zimmer | Download)   Kansas City’s Shiner has announced a U.S tour which kicks off on in Grand Rapids, MI on December 7 and continues on into 2022 concluding in Tolono, IL on March 12. Along the way, the band will make stops in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Brooklyn, among many other cities. The full tour is listed below.     Today Shiner also share a video for “In The End,” the lead track off their newest album Schadenfreude which was released earlier this year. The band’s Paul Epley shares, “Shiner, like every other band in the entire effing world, was beyond devastated when we couldn’t support our first record in 20 years, Schadenfreude last May. We barely even got it made and all of a sudden, whammy. That’s what makes these shows so much more special for us is the ability to play this record live for our fans.     When video director Matt Dunehoo described his vision of the video for ‘In The End,’ we were a little skeptical but the final product is delightful. We love that our bassist Paul Malinowski is the ‘actor’ following his conscience to save an unknown entity and return it to the stars! It’s a little bit of a whimsical fantasy that makes us all warm and fuzzy on the inside. Watch the clip here: 
Shiner - In the End
Schadenfreude marked Shiner’s first new album since 2001’s critically acclaimed LP The Egg which was released by DeSoto Records (the label owned by Jawbox’s Kim Coletta and Bill Barbot).  The new album has drawn comparisons to Queens of The Stone Age and Soundgarden and landed on “best of the week” lists at Under The Radar and Brooklyn Vegan, among others. On release, NPR included Schadenfreude in their notable releases of the week.   
Shiner Tour Dates:

12.7 Grand Rapids MI @ Pyramid Scheme
12.8 Indianapolis IN @ Black Circle
12.9 St Louis MO @ Red Flag
12.10 Chicago IL @ Lincoln Hall
12.11 Kansas City MO @ Record Bar
12.12 St Paul MN @ Turf Club  
1.19 Phoenix AZ @ Rebel Lounge
1.20 Tucson AZ @ 191 Toole
1.21 San Diego CA @ Soda Bar
1.22 Palmdale CA @ Transplants Brewing
1.24 Los Angeles CA @ Zebulon
1.25 San Francisco CA @ Bottom of the Hill
1.27 Eugene OR @ Sessions
1.28 Portland OR @ The Doug Fir Lounge
1.29 Seattle WA @ Substation
1.31 Sacramento CA @ Goldfield Trading Post
3.3 Brooklyn NY @ Zone One @ Elsewhere
3.5 Philadelphia PA @ Kung Fu Nectie
3.6 Baltimore MD @ Ottobar
3.7 Asheville NC @ Grey Eagle
3.8 Atlanta GA @ The Earl
3.9 Nashville TN @ Drkmttr
3.10 Columbus OH @ SpaceBar
3.11 Cincinnati OH @ Woodward Theater
3.12 Tolono IL @ Loose Cobraw/ SpotLights  & w/ OneLineDrawing

In 2018 the 4 members of Kansas City’s Shiner made some phone calls. They caught up on their current lives — families and careers — and they also reminisced about 2012 when they re-released their acclaimed album The Egg on vinyl and played sold-out shows in New York, LA, KC and Chicago. Those were some of their biggest shows ever and many in the audience were new to the Shiner fanclub, having never seen the band years earlier. Soon enough the 4 of them – drummer Jason Gerken , bass player Paul Malinowski and guitarists Allen Epley and Josh Newton decided they were not quite finished, there was another life for Shiner they could not ignore.        Soon after, Shiner gathered together at Matt Talbot ’s ( Hum ) Earth Analog studio in Tolono IL to write in a lab setting, working out ideas they’d been emailing back and forth. After a few sessions that took place over a year and a half, they sifted through the detritus and have emerged with 8 solid songs that make up the new album, Schadenfreude . The LP was self-produced, engineered, and mixed at Malinowski’ own Massive Sound studio in Shawnee, KS. Newton notes, “ultimately I think it worked in our favor. We were able to walk away from things for a bit and see if the songs were heading where they should. We’ve always been extremely hands-on, even when working with someone else technically ‘producing,’” he continues, “with our last record ( The Egg ), we ended up remixing and adding things to almost half the record on our own. At this stage in our existence, we know what we should sound like.”   Despite the hiatus, Shiner has not missed a beat. Gerken is still a drummer’s drummer and his heavy right foot is tied to Malinowski’s distorted-symphony bass. Epley and Newton hew left and right in the mix and worked in lockstep counterpoint throughout the proceedings and leave room for the vocals to enter the mix without overtaking, and instead of working as a whole within the strings and skins.    The songs on Schadenfreude are not so much an answer to The Egg as some properly timed follow-up might, but instead stand on their own after a 15-year hiatus. It’s the sound of a 4 piece band with each player finding his place in a book as though he just left the room an hour earlier and picked up on the next paragraph upon return. Speaking of the lyrics Newton says, “a lot of themes on the album are pretty dark but always with a silver lining around the edges. The title itself is a commentary on the most common human trait of enjoying your rivals’ demise. Or your apparent enemies.” The album’s “In The End” is Shiner’s version of the world-is-ending “life is so hard, we all die alone, but I’ve got you and that makes all the difference.” The first single “Life As A Mannequin” pushes the narrative of ending your suffering by giving into your worst tendencies that are bad for you but at the same time feel so good. “Genuflect” examines dysfunctional relationships and the reasons people enter and stay in them.”      More about Shiner Shiner formed in 1992 with Tim Dow as the original drummer. They released their first EP the following year and found themselves signed to DeSoto Records, (owned by Jawbox’s Kim Coletta and Bill Barbot). With the addition of Paul Malinowski on bass, Jason Gerken on drums, and Josh Newton on guitar and noises, the band began a creative high and a busy touring schedule for years, with their final album in 2001 The Egg a critical success. Along the way, countless tours of the US, Europe, and Japan, and 4 full-length albums gave them a fiercely loyal set of diehards. Comparisons with their contemporaries of HUM, Jawbox, Failure, and Swervedriver are unavoidable, but Shiner carved a path of their own with a dedication to song-craft and musicianship while often wrapped in darkly sugared hooks. Shiner broke up in 2002 but not before a very special farewell show at the Madrid Theater in KC in front of a couple of thousand friends.
(Schadenfreude Album Art | Download)

Schadenfreude Track List:   1 In the End 2 Life as a Mannequin 3 Genuflect 4 Nothing 5 Low Hanging Fruit 6 Paul P Pogh 7 Swallow 8 O Captain

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