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Hot New Band: The Shrine

The Shrine’s big riffs and punk ethos are keeping them on the road to glory.

Currently recovering from Motörhead’s Motörboat cruise, during which they rubbed shoulders with Slayer, Anthrax and Suicidal Tendencies, Venice Beach’s The Shrine have come a long way from their spiritual origins.

“We met back when I was in a hardcore punk band and our bass player, Courtland Murphy, was a full-on metalhead who could play every Metallica riff, and he had a beard so he could buy beer when he was only 16!” frontman Josh Landau tells us. “At a party, one of us put on Thin Lizzy and we met totally in the middle. I hadn’t really been a singer before, but everybody said Dylan and Hendrix couldn’t sing… fuck it, it worked for them!”

The embodiment of a musical oxymoron, these purveyors of “psychedelic violence rock’n’roll” have established themselves as the spawn of seeds sown by both Black Flag and Black Sabbath; a by-product of a turbulent time where punk and metal were engaged in conflict.

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