“A worthy successor to early-’90s genre greats such as Godflesh… to see him work his machines live is awe-inspiring, as he almost disappears inside them. This is music that is both literally and figuratively industrial.” – LA Weekly
One-man industrial doom fabricator, Tristan Shone, AKA AUTHOR & PUNISHER, will kick off the second leg of his extensive North American tour next week, waging his mechanical deconstruction upon the stages of sixteen venues through twelve states with an included stop at Philip H. Anselmo’s annual Housecore Horror gala. AUTHOR & PUNISHER will again be joined by special guests, atmospheric drone doom duo, Muscle And Marrow.
AUTHOR & PUNISHER continues to shock and awe with the mechanical deviance of latest full-length Melk En Honing, released earlier this year via Housecore Records. Produced by label founder, Philip H. Anselmo (Pantera, Down, Superjoint Ritual et al), with Melk En Honing, Shone has incorporated various drone machinery, multiple physical rhythm machines, some synth and the new electromechanical masks that began to appear in AUTHOR & PUNISHER performances across the US and Europe in 2014. After a solid year of heavy touring and festival appearances, the goal with Melk En Honing was to capture the live dissonant power of the true, devouring AUTHOR & PUNISHER experience.
“Tristan Shone is the epitome of what Housecore Records stands for and looks for in musical expression: absolute originality and innovation. There is no pigeonholing this man’s art,” said Anselmo upon the record’s completion. Floored by Melk En Honing’s pure, dark and infinitely punishing sonic enormity, that sentiment echoed from fans and media critics both stateside and abroad. ArtistDirect dubbed the offering, “a sprawling, stunning and soaring mechanized epic,” while Slug commends Shone’s, “audible art,” adding, “The whipping, slamming sounds and screaming style vocals in ‘Callous And Hoof’ made me feel like slaughtering a cow, taking a bath in its blood and then burning down a church. This is a must add to my music collection.” Consequence Of Sound concurs, “While AUTHOR & PUNISHER is assuredly best enjoyed in a live setting, YouTube videos of performances and Shone explaining his machines suffice in bringing you into his world where, trapped and alone, a crazed inventor is forced into submission. And in that self-imposed cage, AUTHOR & PUNISHER comes alive.” MetalSucks notes, “Listening to AUTHOR & PUNISHER is always a powerful and illuminating experience, and Melk En Honing sees Shone uniting heaviness with accessibility in ways he has never done before.” Treblezine warns, “Shone’s music won’t be for everyone: It’s a grueling, appropriately punishing assault on the senses, and his latest offering is no exception, but if you’re willing to give it the full attention it requires, you may be surprised by what you discover,” furthering, “If you don’t come out of closer ‘Void, Null, Alive’ feeling completely exhausted, you’re either the sort of person who eats music like this for breakfast, or you’re doing it wrong. You can’t just listen to Melk En Honing; you have to give yourself to it, and for this reason, above all that, it’s worth exploring.” Adds Mxdwn, “Melk En Honing punishes the ears yet captivates the mind, especially after learning how Shone produces his work. It is heavy in almost all respects, in the lyrics, in the vocals and in the instruments… Shone’s innovative and out-of-this-world sound production is definitely worth looking into. Melk En Honing is not sweet like milk and honey, but it is just as satisfying.”
AUTHOR & PUNISHER w/ Muscle And Marrow:
11/03/2015 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
11/04/2015 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
11/05/2015 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
11/06/2015 Extravaganza Fest @ Strange Matter – Richmond, VA *
11/07/2015 Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC
11/08/2015 The Earl – Atlanta, GA
11/10/2015 Will’s Pub – Orlando, FL
11/11/2015 New World Brewery – Tampa, FL
11/12/2015 The Handlebar – Pensacola, FL
11/13/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
11/15/2015 Housecore Horror Fest @ The Aztec Theater – San Antonio, TX
11/17/2015 Sidewinders – Austin, TX
11/18/2015 The Sandbox – El Paso, TX
11/19/2015 Ghost – Santa Fe, NM
11/20/2015 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
11/21/2015 Hideout – San Diego, CA
* no Muscle And Marrow
After leaving a career as mechanical engineer in Boston to focus on art and sculpture, Tristan Shone, the creator and sole artist behind AUTHOR & PUNISHER, moved west to pursue his MFA in Southern California. In the metal and machine shops of University of California, San Diego, Shone forged a relationship with design, sound and fabrication that ultimately yielded AUTHOR & PUNISHER‘s first music and mapped the journey away from traditional instrumentation towards custom made, precision machinery that he calls Drone Machines, Dub Machines and now his series of Masks.
All aspects of the AUTHOR & PUNISHER sound begin with physical movement, limbs struggling in unison to coordinate a wall of electronic rhythm and oscillation, ultimately conditioned by an organic and loose quality absent of sequencing and plastic perfection. AUTHOR & PUNISHER performances are a real amalgamation between man and mechanisms. They are direct, physical, heavy experiences that have amassed praise and intrigue from a wide array of audiences.
AUTHOR & PUNISHER’s Melk En Honing is available now via Housecore Records. Order your copy today at THIS LOCATION.