Shawn James & The Shapeshifters

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Thursday 3rd
09:30 PM
Beer Garden Stage


Shawn James & The Shapeshifters are a 4 piece rock band from Fayetteville, Arkansas. At first glimpse, you might confuse them with a bluegrass or metal band. Influenced by every type of music, and growing up in several heavy and folk based bands, the sound is not what you would expect. With a different vibe for every ep put out so far, they truly utilize the phrase “shapeshifters”.

The new album, "The Gospel According to Shawn James and the Shapeshifters” is the hardest hitting record yet. For lack of any term whatsoever, the record could be described simply as “rock and roar”. At times, it evokes both Son House and SunO)))), with haunting fiddle and plucking banjo amidst swampy, fuzz driven slide guitars. Some parts are like a fog rising from a cave, some crashing like a thunderstorm.

A few months ago Metalsucks & Converse held a competition for the opportunity to record at Converse’s state-of-the-art recording studios and record with Will Putney (The Acacia Strain, Suicide Silence, Exhumed). Shawn James and The Shapeshifters were chosen out of over 1000 bands to record a song at Converse Rubber Tracks studio in Brooklyn, NY.

Here is a write up from Axl Rosenburg from Metalsucks about the band...
“Hey! Hey, you! Do you like Clutch? How about Rival Sons? You do? Well, then, man oh man, do we have a band for you: Shawn James & The Shapeshifters. Bluesy, soulful, and dominated by the banjo as much as it by the electric gee-tar, this Arkansas outfit is something of a throwback — their namesake can actually sing, the band can actually play, and their infectious not-really-br00tal music has potential mainstream appeal.

Little wonder we got hooked on Shawn James & The Shapeshifters as quickly as we did: we were all of three seconds into the mosh pit hootenanny that is their song “Wild Man”when we knew we just had to include them in this year’s CRTxMS, and we’ve been rockin’ the eponymous album on the regular ever since. Shawn James & The Shapeshifters make music that is guaranteed fun even for the grouchiest of us; if this shit doesn’t get you clappin’ your hands, tappin’ your foot, and lookin’ for a partner with whom to do-si-doSTAT, then you need to check your pulse.”

If you happen to catch them live, you will be surprised. The band is overflowing with passion, playing as though it’s their last chance to leave a mark on this world.


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