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  1. Where is Shiner from?
  2. Where did the band get its name?
  3. How many albums has Shiner released?
  4. Who are the members of Shiner?
  5. Who writes the songs?
  6. What equipment does Shiner use?
  7. Do they have any videos?
  8. Where can I buy Shiner stuff?
  9. When and where does Shiner tour?
  10. How can I get in touch with Shiner?



  1. Where is Shiner from?
    Shiner is from Kansas City, Missouri. One of their releases lists their hometown as Kansas City, Kansas, which is basically the same thing as they border so closely.
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  2. Where did the band get its name?
    To be honest, I have absolutely no idea. I'm still getting an answer to this one. The word "shiner" is commonly used (especially in england) to refer to a black eye. So maybe that's it.
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  3. How many albums has Shiner released?
    Shiner has released four full length albums: Splay, Lula Divinia, Starless, and their most recent release, The Egg. They have also put many 7" releases, each containing two tracks, as well as a live EP. Shiner will be releasing a few more things here and there, and hopefully more info on these will become available. More info on all of the afore mentioned releases can be found
    here.
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  4. Who are the members of Shiner?
    The members of Shiner were originally as follows: Allen Epley (vocals, guitar); Shawn Sherill (bass), and Tim Dow (drums, aka Sweet T). Epley was and still is the primary driving force behind Shiner, and most of the material is written by him. The release of "Lula Divinia" marked the replacement of Shawn Sherill with famed Kansas City engineer Paul Malinowski, who had worked with other local groups like Season to Risk. Shiner temporarily recruited guitarist Joel Hamilton for the release of 1999's "Semper Fi," which contained the original version of a song later re-recorded for "Starless." By the end of 1999, however, it had been confirmed that Tim Dow had left Shiner and joined the ranks of Ken Andrews' (ex-Failure) latest project, ON. Dow was soon replaced by yet another famed local, Jason Gerken, who had also worked with the likes of Season to Risk and other bands. Lead guitarist Josh Newton was also added to the lineup, and the quartet began rehearsing and recording their new material, released in 2000 as "Starless." The lineup remains the same now, and it looks as though it is pretty permanent.
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  5. Who writes the songs?
    Primarily, Shiner's songs are written by Allen Epley, who also formed the band in 1992. Epley writes all of Shiner's lyrics, most of which can be found
    here.
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  6. What equipment does Shiner use?
    Jason plays a very cool clear blue 5-piece Ludwig drum set, with double floor toms and all that good stuff (click
    here). Allen uses a HiWatt 100watt head, homemade 4x12 cab, Vox AC30, Fender Jaguar, and a Hohner Tele Deluxe. Josh uses Telecasters, a Vox Amp, an Orange Amp, and many effects pedals. Not sure about Paul yet, but I know he plays a mean bass.
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  7. Do they have any videos?
    Shiner filmed a music video for the song "Christ Sized Shoes," which was released on their second album, "Lula Divinia." The video took place in a dark room with dim red lights and featured the band performing in suits for a majority of the song. Shiner also released a video for the song, "Kevin Is Gone," a song found on their third album, "Starless." Both videos will be available in the
    video section of this site. Shiner has also broadcasted a few webcasts from a few of their shows, which can be found in the DCN archives as well as the video section.
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  8. Where can I buy Shiner stuff?
    Some find Shiner merchandise hard to come by, but if you can't get a CD at your local store, try an online store like
    Insound or CDnow. Other products, such as t-shirts, stickers, and even some seven inches and albums, can be bought at any Shiner show.
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  9. When and where does Shiner tour?
    Shiner tours quite a bit, playing sets of East and West coast dates throughout the year. At any given point though, it seems there is always a show booked in the Kansas City area. The bulk of Shiner's fame comes from their ability to utterly rock at any given show.
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  10. How can I get in touch with Shiner?
    Josh Newton seems to be the primary handler of Shiner communications. He can be reached via email
    jnewton13@hotmail.com. The last I checked, Allen's email was aepley@mindspring.com. Both will get back to you very soon.
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    More questions and answers will be added as they come. Please feel free to send me any suggestions.
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