More three-piece fuzz for your nuzz. The Shrine will release its sophomore LP ‘Bless Off’ Mar. 11 on Tee Pee Records. Recorded at Eliminator Studios in Venice Beach, Calif., ‘Bless Off’ is the follow-up to the power trio's ‘Primitive Blast’ which was hailed as one of the "Top Los Angeles Metal Albums of 2012" by LA Weekly and one of Decibel magazine's 2012 "Albums of the Year".
The band recorded ‘Bless Off’ on reel-to-reel tape using vintage gear and big-ass Marshall stacks. Go authentic or go home crying to your mommies, bitches. Included among the albums 11 tracks is ‘The Duke’, with lyrics written in 1983 by Chuck Dukowski for a Black Flag song. The cover art to ‘Bless Off’ is similarly steeped in SoCal greatness, featuring the band’s ever-present wolf mascot in an homage to legendary skate punk and gig flyer artist Ric Clayton (Suicidal Tendencies) and Dogtown Skateboards.
Loud heavy rock 'n' roll. Cheap beer and bad acid. Hooks. Garage rock. '80's hardcore. Skate punk. The band calls the music laid out here "psychedelic violence".
3.) Tripping Corpse
4.) The Duke
5.) Nothing Forever
6.) Bless Off
7.) On the Grind
8.) No Penalty
9.) Spit In My Life
The Shrine formed in 2008 at a Venice Beach house party and maintains that playing-in-your-living-room-and-destroying-the-place live vibe also found in the likes of American Sharks. Dukowski, also a Venice local, discovered the band in 2010 and started recording them. The Shrine toured America in 2011 supporting Fu Manchu and Dukowski on separate treks, before doing some headline work early in 2012. ‘Primitive Blast,’ came out on Tee Pee in summer 2012 with the band following its release by touring with Fu Manchu again, this time across Europe. Last year was The Shrine’s busiest yet: A 30-day US tour with two-time Swedish Grammy winners Graveyard; a SXSW showcase at the Thrasher/Converse Death Match; a west coast tour with Dinosaur Jr.; a headlining tour of Europe, including stops in Russia and Greece, and sold-out shows in Berlin and London; a US tour with Red Fang; and the band’s first trip to Australia, supporting labelmates Earthless.
And now it’s 2014 and The Shrine and Red Fang will be teaming up again to hit the European road with Lord Dying in support, starting today in Geneva and running through April 6 in Wiesbaden, and hitting France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Greece, the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland, and Austria along the way For tour dates, please visit THIS location.
The Shrine is: Josh Landau (guitar / vocals), Courtland Murphy (bass) and Jeff Murray(drums).