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Shiny Empire

Austin, Texas, United States | SELF

Austin, Texas, United States | SELF
Band Alternative Punk

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"Live on the Garage"

Live taping for The Garage, a show on the NBC affiliate in San Antonio. - WOAI - NBC


"Live on the Garage"

Live taping for The Garage, a show on the NBC affiliate in San Antonio. - WOAI - NBC


"Off The Record - Jerusalem"

Before Sleep recorded its Stoned Age epic, 1993's Holy Mountain, co-founding guitarist Justin Marler left to pursue a more serious spiritual quest. In the midst of serious depression, he ventured to Israel "to explore the idea of Christ," a trip that led to a seven-year stint as a practicing monk at the Saint Herman of Alaska Brotherhood, an Orthodox Christian monastery where he published the influential zine Death to the World. "The parallels were really obvious when I showed up at the monastery," relates Marler, who relocated here in 2005 after publishing a travel guide on the area. "I thought the monks were the ultimate punks. They slept on boards and lived an austere life, completely denying the world as it is." More recently, Marler has focused on Shiny Empire, his spunky new pop-punk group with the Heavy Pets' Scott Phillips and keytarist Phil Davies. The band just cut some recordings at Jim Eno's Public Hi-Fi and headlines Stubb's indoors with Tom Melancon and Aqua Jones on Friday, Aug. 12. "Sleep fans should not even expose themselves to Shiny Empire," stresses Marler, a home inspector and energy auditor who currently practices at Saint Elias Orthodox Church. "They will hate it with a passion. And that's okay." - Austin Chronicle


"Off The Record - Jerusalem"

Before Sleep recorded its Stoned Age epic, 1993's Holy Mountain, co-founding guitarist Justin Marler left to pursue a more serious spiritual quest. In the midst of serious depression, he ventured to Israel "to explore the idea of Christ," a trip that led to a seven-year stint as a practicing monk at the Saint Herman of Alaska Brotherhood, an Orthodox Christian monastery where he published the influential zine Death to the World. "The parallels were really obvious when I showed up at the monastery," relates Marler, who relocated here in 2005 after publishing a travel guide on the area. "I thought the monks were the ultimate punks. They slept on boards and lived an austere life, completely denying the world as it is." More recently, Marler has focused on Shiny Empire, his spunky new pop-punk group with the Heavy Pets' Scott Phillips and keytarist Phil Davies. The band just cut some recordings at Jim Eno's Public Hi-Fi and headlines Stubb's indoors with Tom Melancon and Aqua Jones on Friday, Aug. 12. "Sleep fans should not even expose themselves to Shiny Empire," stresses Marler, a home inspector and energy auditor who currently practices at Saint Elias Orthodox Church. "They will hate it with a passion. And that's okay." - Austin Chronicle


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Shiny Empire is a rock band from Austin, Texas. Formed in 2010 by Justin Marler, Shiny Empire's music is the culmination of Marler's unusual musical past that includes being a founding member of the doom metal band Sleep, to performing acoustic songs during his 7 year stint as a monk, to fronting alt rock band The Sabians. Drawing from his background in hard rock and folk, Marler began writing songs with trumpet parts, broken rhythms, delicate moods and lyrics with a broad range of imagery. After meeting bass player Scott Phillips, formerly of The Heavy Pets and Kudzu Towers, the band started taking shape. A year-long search for a drummer and lead guitarist led the two to local drummer Jaime Cano. However, the search for a guitar player wasn't as easy, so they decided to integrate keyboards into their sound. That's when Shiny Empire chanced upon Phil Davies and his keytar. What is a keytar you may ask? It is that famed instrument from the 80's that is a keyboard and guitar mashed into one crazy synth machine. The end result is punk informed, multilayered, multi-instrumental power pop.

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