New Video: Kansas City’s Shiner Releases a Trippy Visual for Grunge Rock-like “In The End”

Kansas City, MO-based post hardcore act Shiner — currently Jason Gerkin (drums), Paul Malinowski (bass) Allen Epley (guitar) and Josh Newton (guitar) — originally formed back in 1992. Shortly after their formation, the band signed to DeSoto Records, owned by Jawbox’s Kim Coletta and Bill Barbot, and had a prolific six year run that included handful of critically applauded albums of hook-driven, power chord heavy material, which ended with 2001’s The Egg.

The band broke up in 2002. But there was a vinyl re-release of The Egg to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its initial release — and the band reunited to play a short tun of shows to support it, which included stops in Los Angeles, Kansas City and Chicago. Interestingly enough, some of these shows were among the biggest shows of their careers.

In 2018, Shiner’s current lineup decided that the band wasn’t finished yet — and that they should continue the band’s story. After a handful of recording session over the subsequent 18 months at Paul Malinowski’s Shawnee, KS-based Massive Sound Studios, the band had completed their self-produced album Schadenfreude, which was released last May, We’ve always been extremely hands-on, even when working with someone else technically ‘producing,’” the band’s Josh Newton said in press notes. “With 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.”

Schadenfreude found the band picking up where they left off, despite the lengthy hiatus — but while also standing on its own. “A lot of themes on the album are pretty dark but always with a silver lining around the edges,” the band’s Allen Epley says in press notes. “The title itself is a commentary on the most common human trait of enjoying your rivals’ demise. Or your apparent enemies.”

In the lead-up to the album’s release, I wrote about two of the album’s singles:

The enormous, Songs for the Deaf-era Queens of the Stone Age and One by One-era Foo Fighters-like dirge “Life As A Mannequin.”  “The song came together very quickly; we had the arrangement laid out literally the second time through the tune,” the band recalled. “The simple kind of Willy Wonka vocal melody on the verse belies the heaviness of the lyrics and the urge of pure elation of giving into your worst tendencies, like scratching under a cast you know you really shouldn’t but it feels so good. Or the recovering alcoholic having a hard day and just deciding to really turn on and say ‘fuck it, i’m getting drunk tonight.”

The Superunknown-era Soundgarden and Thrice-like “Paul P. Pogh,” an explosive track featuring enormous power chords, thunderous drumming, arena rock friendly hooks paired with plaintive vocals. But underneath the self-assured performances and studio polish is something far darker. “The name Paul P Pogh was a name I chose for my fake ID when I was in high school for buying beers at liquor stores in Louisville, which surprisingly worked,” the band’s Allen Epply explained in press notes. “It seemed appropriate for this song about ‘acting nets out to the liquor signs’ and a life spent chasing addiction.”

The Kansas City-based act announced a US tour, which will kick off in Grand Rapids, MI on December 7, 2021 and continues into 2022 with a stop at Elsewhere on March 3, 2022. As always, tour dates are below. Along with that they shared a video for the album’s 90s grunge-like anthem “In The End,” which is centered around an alternating quiet and explosively loud sections and an enormous, arena rock friendly sound.

Directed by Matt Dunehoo, the recently released video for “In The End,” follows the band’s Paul Malinowski as he goes with his conscience to help an unseen space traveler. The viewer follows Malinowski as he gets into his car, drives around a suburban development to find the traveler and help it return to the stars.

“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,” Shiner’s Paul Epply says. “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.”

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 Cobra 

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