Shiner (band)

Origin Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Genres Post-hardcore,[1] math rock, alternative rock, indie rock
Years active 1992–2003, 2012, 2015
Labels DeSoto, Hit It!, Sub Pop, Owned & Operated, Anodyne
Associated acts The Life and Times, Season to Risk, Molly McGuire, Open Hand, Year of the Rabbit, Players Club, Every Time I Die, The Damned Things, Project 86
Past members Allen Epley
Jason Gerken
Paul Malinowski
Josh Newton
Jeff Brown
Tim Dow
Joel Hamilton
Shawn Sherrill

Shiner was an American post-hardcore band from Kansas City, Missouri that was active from 1992 to 2003.


The group formed in 1992, and quickly found wide exposure, releasing a vinyl EP in 1993 and touring with acts such as Sunny Day Real Estate, Chore, Jawbox, Season to Risk, The Jesus Lizard, and Girls Against Boys.[1] The group released their first LP, Splay (recorded at Steve Albini's Chicago studio) in 1996,[2] and a second album, Lula Divinia the next year. Sub Pop took notice, and released a 7" single of the group's songs "Sleep it Off" and "Half Empty". Following this the band toured with Hum in 1998.[1] A third full-length, Starless, was released on a label run by members of Descendents, Owned and Operated, in 2000. A fourth LP, The Egg, would follow before the group broke up in 2002. This was recorded and produced at Matt Talbott's recording studio, Great Western Record Recorders in Tolono IL. Malinowski and Gerken are now in Open Hand, while Josh Newton is the bassist for With Knives. Allen Epley is in The Life and Times. Shawn Sherrill is currently in Roman Numerals with Season to Risk members Steven Tulipana and William Smith.

The band also has the song "Third Gear Scratch" included on the soundtrack of the video game Saints Row 2.[3]

Final show

After announcing that the band was breaking up, Shiner scheduled a final performance. The final show was held at The Madrid Theater in Kansas City[4] on January 25, 2003. Houston, Dirtnap, and Elevator Division opened.

Reunions (2012-present)

Nearly ten years after its final show, Shiner announced a quintet of reunion shows in the US to celebrate the reissue of The Egg on vinyl on August 7, 2012. The dates include stops in NYC, LA, Lawrence, Kansas and Chicago:

In 2015, the band played a second series of reunion shows in conjunction with a vinyl reissue of Starless:


Final lineup

Previous members


Studio albums

Singles and EPs



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  2. Band Info. Third Gear Scratch. Accessed August 18, 2007.
  3. "Whoops! Browser Settings Incompatible". Retrieved 2012-04-02.
  4. Kansas City Rock, The Pitch
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