March 9, 2017
AUTHOR & PUNISHER, named, “one of the most prolific acts in aggressive music,” by Noisey, has just signed to Relapse Records and is writing a new album due for a late 2018 release. Prior to signing, Shone put out a surprise EP ‘Pressure Mine’ and has been touring in support of latest full-length Melk En Honing, released last year via Housecore Records. The record was listed among Decibel Magazine’s Top 40 Albums Of 2015 and he is currently well into writing his new album as well as a new setup of machines. 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. Shone used his technical knowledge, along with his artistic background to create what Wired Magazine has hailed as his own “special brand of doom metal.” 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. Pitchfork styled him “immediate but mysterious,” Stereogum described his “chilling, unrecognizable form,” and NPR hails him as “a thrill [who] fires on all cylinders.”
“ In the contiguous realms of metal nerds and gear nerds, Shone possesses semimythical status. He performs within a semicircle of frightening homemade machines that seem at once futuristic and medieval.“ – The New Yorker (2016).
Listen to an interview with Tristan Shone on the Takeaway (WNYC) earlier this year: http://www.wnyc.org/story/mechanically-engineering-heavy-metal-music/