Descending New Angels
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Descending New Angels

St. Louis, Missouri, United States | SELF

St. Louis, Missouri, United States | SELF
Band Alternative Rock


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""Steeped in the heavy rock sound of Grand Funk Railroad""

"Steeped in the heavy rock sound of Grand Funk Railroad, the James Gang and the Black Crowes...classic influences with some alternative rock angst and blues rock passion. ...well-written, emotional songs, driven by acoustic guitar and desperate vocals."--St. Louis radio station KDHX 88.1FM
- KDHX 88.1FM (Oct 14, 2009) - KDHX 88.1FM (Oct 14, 2009)

"Southeast Missourian"

"This St. Louis-area band has perfected the alt-rock ballad."
Southeast Missourian - Cape Girardeau Entertainment Guide

"Break Me by Descending New Angels in Rock"

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“Locked and loaded and ready to rumble. That’s the best way to describe Descending New Angels’ ‘Break Me’.

‘Break Me’ screams, not at you, but with you in its defiant message of ‘never give up’. This is one tight and powerful song. The front man conveys this inspiring and hopeful message with his biting guitar and ‘in your face’ vocals while the rest of the band literally steamrolls the song along in a perfectly coordinated attack.

Descending New Angels is one of the those rare bands that supplies a consistently good stream of music. Every song is unique and conveys an honest, meaningful message. There is not a single hint of pretense with this band. What you hear is what you get and what they say is what they mean.

I met with this St. Louis area band’s manager this weekend and you’ll be happy to know they will be releasing their debut CD this month. So, if you’re ready for distraction with action, Descending New Angels’ is, without a doubt, ready for you.”

Published by Rainy on August 5, 2009 in Editorial and You Be The Judge.

Reviewed submitted by Trabue Gentry.


"St. Louis Band Sets Out To Rock Quincy"

The Breakdown
Delving into all things music
By Jessica Marie Martin of The Quincy Herald-Whig

September 25, 2008

Descending New Angels is traveling from St. Louis to Quincy Friday to headline at Turner Hall with Quincy's Predawn Hour and Downcast of Macomb.

Descending New Angels' lead singer, Randy Shanks, sounds remarkably like Scott Stapp of Creed with a little Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam mixed in. If you are really into Creed, then this should be a reason to check Descending New Angels out.

If you're not into Creed — like me — don't let this deter you, because not only does Shanks seem to lack Stapp's ego, but he also conveys genuine feeling, which is where he sounds a bit more like Vedder.

The music is a mix of acoustic and electric guitars and makes it clear this band began with two guitarists — Shanks and Erik Simpson. Their 3 Doors Down influence is obvious, as many of their songs begin with just a guitar riff and often with an acoustic guitar.

It's hard to find a band that pays this much attention to writing their music and playing their instruments and still has an interesting singer.

Seeing them live will really show their ability to blend rock, southern blues and alternative. So, if you are missing some actual ROCK music, and not watered down alternative with nasal-sounding vocals, go to this show. I will see you there!

Descending New Angels, Predawn Hour and Downcast (rock)
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Turner Hall

- Quincy Herald-Whig


Demo: The Underground Recordings (Dec 2007)
Self-Titled: Descending New Angels (Aug 2009; produced by JSC Studios, Missouri)
Available at most retail download stores!

Radio play:
CBS/KMOX St. Louis, MO:
Still Dreaming, Overcast, By My Side, On and Over

KDHX St. Louis, MO:
Break Me, Staring at the Sun, Somethings Gotta Give, By My Side

Riverfront Radio, St. Louis, MO

Streaming audio can be heard on,,,,

Originals Composed and Recorded: Hold, Amazed, Still Dreamin, Save Me, From the Ground, Staring at the Sun, Desert Dance, Free Spirit, Headin' Home, Poison, Passage, Coming Down, The Fall, Stay Here, Contradictions, Carved in Stone, Open Up Your Eyes, Eyes of the Demon, Callin' Out Your Name, Noticed, Seven, King Without a Crown, On and Over, Destined for the Blues, Overcast, Somethin's Gotta Give, Break Me, By My Side, Split Decision, Corner of My Eye, Ever Said.



Descending New Angels (aka DNA) opened for National Act Cracker on September 17 at the Alton Amphitheatre, with about 1,000 in attendance. September was a break-through month for the band, including a television performance on the Fox2 Morning Show, a feature in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and airtime on several radio shows, including CBS/KMOX, with national icon John Carney’s “Thursday Night Music Show.” Riverfront Radio aired an hour interview with Descending New Angels on “Behind the Bands.”

Descending New Angels blends rock with blues and grunge, a sub-genre fans are calling "blunge rock." Fused in are elements of classic and southern rock, similar to great artists like: Grand Fund Railroad; James Gang; Blood, Sweat & Tears; Creedence Clearwater Revival; The Guess Who. Current influences and comparisons include BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughn, John Mayer, Gov't Mule, Black Crowes, Pearl Jam, Creed, Nirvana, Staind, and Three Doors Down.

And, who says rock can't be beautiful? The Southeast Missourian wrote "this St. Louis band has perfected the alt-rock ballad." Many songs have a symphonic-styled movement with constant dance between acoustic and electric guitars. Erik Simpson's acoustical talent shines as he draws the audience in with melodic starts, then builds intricate texture throughout each song. Fans say they are blown away by the vocals of front man Randy Shanks. He has a uniquely rich and powerful voice, altering from sweet to raspy. His control and range are amazing as he shifts from soft melodic tones to soulful bellows.

Shanks delivers an impressive lead guitar with speed and agility as he seamlessly shifts between rock riffs and blues bends. The sweet and salty contrast of Simpson's acoustical ballads and Shanks' bluesy bends tantalizes the ear. With crisp rhythmic precision, Keith Thurnau drums in rolling waves that rock you into an altered state. Mike Titchenal adds a soothing depth of bassy undertones. That voice fingerprints this band, but the combined talents of all members have put them on the fast track regionally.

DNA released its first self-titled album in August 2009, and the band is back in the studio working on the next release. They are currently planning a southern-states tour to promote the new release in April 2011.