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. The group released their first LP, Splay (recorded at Steve Albini's Chicago studio) in 1996, 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. 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.
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 on January 25, 2003. Houston, Dirtnap, and Elevator Division opened.
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:
8.11 New York, NY - Gramercy,
8.18 Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex,
8.24 Lawrence, KS - The Granada,
8.25 & 26 Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge,
In 2015, the band played a second series of reunion shows in conjunction with a vinyl reissue of Starless:
7.15 Austin, TX - Red 7,
7.17 Kansas City, MO - Record Bar,
7.18 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock,
7.19 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle,
Allen Epley (guitar, vocals),
Paul Malinowski (bass, formerly of Season to Risk),
Josh Newton (guitar, formerly of Season to Risk),
Jason Gerken (drums, formerly of Molly McGuire),
Jeff Brown (drums),
Tim Dow (drums),
Joel Hamilton (guitar),
Shawn Sherrill (bass)