Got this sweet print in the mail last night from Mr. Matthew Reid.
Back in December, while hunting for information about Shone, I decided to email Matthew, the artist involved in the campaign, on the off chance he might have some info to divulge.
I first received a response from “Holly,” who told me she was monitoring his email for him. Two days later, Matthew emailed me. He asked me to not mention that he had contacted me, and suggested I just say I had spoken with a “reliable source.” He warned me that after making some phone calls, he had found out that AP user IV was in no way associated with him or The Up Studio. (At the time, IV was claiming to be Matthew’s friend.) He also promised he would send me a print in exchange for my silence, and it arrived last night.
I had figured he’d forgotten, and I myself had forgotten about it, but there it was in my mailbox last night.

Got this sweet print in the mail last night from Mr. Matthew Reid.

Back in December, while hunting for information about Shone, I decided to email Matthew, the artist involved in the campaign, on the off chance he might have some info to divulge.

I first received a response from “Holly,” who told me she was monitoring his email for him. Two days later, Matthew emailed me. He asked me to not mention that he had contacted me, and suggested I just say I had spoken with a “reliable source.” He warned me that after making some phone calls, he had found out that AP user IV was in no way associated with him or The Up Studio. (At the time, IV was claiming to be Matthew’s friend.) He also promised he would send me a print in exchange for my silence, and it arrived last night.

I had figured he’d forgotten, and I myself had forgotten about it, but there it was in my mailbox last night.

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Highlights from Shone’s second interview:
Andrew: [Brian] had some songs he was just demoing out, and he brought ‘em to Mike [Sapone?] to really record and he had some dudes coming in, but initially the plan was that he wanted multiple singers to be on the album, it wasn’t like ‘Shone is Brian Lane and another dude’ he just wanted some songs and find the guys to sing on it, but he asked me. I did one song and he liked what I did so we were just kinda like ‘screw it, let’s just keep going, I guess’Brian: Drew put on some wacky-ass, sick, out of left field shit, the songs were straight pop songs in the beginning and they morphed into something because when you record with Mike he tells you his idea and he tricks you into making it all his idea anyway and then it’s the fucking greatest thing in the world.Brian did video work a year ago in the Mojave desert because he was intrigued by the area and liked the look of it. He misses going to Tower Records and discovering music, he wanted to bring people together, he liked the idea of geocaching, then wanted to tie all of that stuff together.Brian: We built some hype, they signed up for this mailing list, but they gave an address also, and then more or less the idea was to have people work a little bit to try and find it [the song] because that’s part of the experience … and it grew into something that was a little bigger than I thought it was going to be, and we kinda just had to run and gun from there. There was the video element, the scavenger hunt element, and then there was the idea of just bringing people together with a common bond of music, sounds totally lame but that’s something that I always missed.Andrew: It’s easy for me to make a song, and for someone to tell me directly ‘I really like that’ … The fan is expecting to hear from the artist nowQuestion about the live show: “you all had like distinct costumes?”Andrew: Well, I kinda started throwing that around like a month before, I mean we’ve already built this kind of mysticism with the band that it felt kind of disappointing to just go see us at that point and it’s just a couple dudes in flannel shirts jammin’ the songs, at least try to keep some visual aesthetic and anyway I just love that whole thing.Brian: Drew just looked badassAndrew: Every time I mentioned it they were like ‘uhhh, should we really do that kind of thing?’ and I’m like ‘yes yes let’s do it!’ and then it’s the last minute and I started feeling like an asshole because I’m the only one painted up like glamorous and everyone’s like ‘I dunno, I bought these orange pants…’ … I hired somebody [to do the makeup], she was great, she was awesome. I’m a hero dude, so I love that whole look, the costume and anyway this, Shone, kinda allowed me to remove myself because he said right away he wanted to create a character revolving around the album while simultaneous I came in and just started acting like a character so we met in the middle there with our own floating ideas and then all of a sudden it just became this thing.Brian: You can pull it off, I’m just like a weird jew-face, I’d be like a Jewish clown, it wouldn’t work.

Highlights from Shone’s second interview:

Andrew: [Brian] had some songs he was just demoing out, and he brought ‘em to Mike [Sapone?] to really record and he had some dudes coming in, but initially the plan was that he wanted multiple singers to be on the album, it wasn’t like ‘Shone is Brian Lane and another dude’ he just wanted some songs and find the guys to sing on it, but he asked me. I did one song and he liked what I did so we were just kinda like ‘screw it, let’s just keep going, I guess’
Brian: Drew put on some wacky-ass, sick, out of left field shit, the songs were straight pop songs in the beginning and they morphed into something because when you record with Mike he tells you his idea and he tricks you into making it all his idea anyway and then it’s the fucking greatest thing in the world.

Brian did video work a year ago in the Mojave desert because he was intrigued by the area and liked the look of it. He misses going to Tower Records and discovering music, he wanted to bring people together, he liked the idea of geocaching, then wanted to tie all of that stuff together.

Brian: We built some hype, they signed up for this mailing list, but they gave an address also, and then more or less the idea was to have people work a little bit to try and find it [the song] because that’s part of the experience … and it grew into something that was a little bigger than I thought it was going to be, and we kinda just had to run and gun from there. There was the video element, the scavenger hunt element, and then there was the idea of just bringing people together with a common bond of music, sounds totally lame but that’s something that I always missed.

Andrew: It’s easy for me to make a song, and for someone to tell me directly ‘I really like that’ … The fan is expecting to hear from the artist now

Question about the live show: “you all had like distinct costumes?”
Andrew: Well, I kinda started throwing that around like a month before, I mean we’ve already built this kind of mysticism with the band that it felt kind of disappointing to just go see us at that point and it’s just a couple dudes in flannel shirts jammin’ the songs, at least try to keep some visual aesthetic and anyway I just love that whole thing.
Brian: Drew just looked badass
Andrew: Every time I mentioned it they were like ‘uhhh, should we really do that kind of thing?’ and I’m like ‘yes yes let’s do it!’ and then it’s the last minute and I started feeling like an asshole because I’m the only one painted up like glamorous and everyone’s like ‘I dunno, I bought these orange pants…’ … I hired somebody [to do the makeup], she was great, she was awesome. I’m a hero dude, so I love that whole look, the costume and anyway this, Shone, kinda allowed me to remove myself because he said right away he wanted to create a character revolving around the album while simultaneous I came in and just started acting like a character so we met in the middle there with our own floating ideas and then all of a sudden it just became this thing.
Brian: You can pull it off, I’m just like a weird jew-face, I’d be like a Jewish clown, it wouldn’t work.

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Shone news!
This Week in Marvel podcast, episode 68.5: Ryan and Blake welcome Brian Lane of Brand New and Andrew Accardi of Robbers to talk about their new mystery band, Shone, as well as their Marvel fandom!
New shows announced:April 6 - North Star Bar - Philadelphia, PAApril 7 - Great Scott - Allston, MA

Shone news!

This Week in Marvel podcast, episode 68.5: Ryan and Blake welcome Brian Lane of Brand New and Andrew Accardi of Robbers to talk about their new mystery band, Shone, as well as their Marvel fandom!

New shows announced:
April 6 - North Star Bar - Philadelphia, PA
April 7 - Great Scott - Allston, MA

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Brian Lane speaks

The first interview about Shone.

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Shone show review: “Tonight’s show was probably the weirdest thing I’ve been to. First off, the obvious, it was a sold out show of a band no one knows. Secondly, people were pretty quiet and to themselves throughout the night. Third, nothing was explained. They just came on and played some songs off the album. Andrew even asked people who got a letter and I think 3 people said they did. He kept asking people why they were there. Levi wasn’t explained. Slendyclown wasn’t explained although Andrew cracked a joke about it. The videos, the letters, anything about the future…not really talked about it.”
After the first song, Andrew said “So, some of you heard the record…” The crowd cheered. “…and still decided to come? You guys are fucked up.”
Fans at the show reported that the band consists of Andrew Accardi, Vinnie Accardi, Brian Lane, Ben Homola, Mike Strandberg and one as of yet unknown person.
Jesse Lacey was there, and according to a fan who asked him about new music from Brand New, Jesse replied “trying to get something out soon, maybe by the summer.”
The show is on YouTube; part 1, part 2, part 3.

Shone show review: “Tonight’s show was probably the weirdest thing I’ve been to. First off, the obvious, it was a sold out show of a band no one knows. Secondly, people were pretty quiet and to themselves throughout the night. Third, nothing was explained. They just came on and played some songs off the album. Andrew even asked people who got a letter and I think 3 people said they did. He kept asking people why they were there. Levi wasn’t explained. Slendyclown wasn’t explained although Andrew cracked a joke about it. The videos, the letters, anything about the future…not really talked about it.”

After the first song, Andrew said “So, some of you heard the record…” The crowd cheered. “…and still decided to come? You guys are fucked up.”

Fans at the show reported that the band consists of Andrew Accardi, Vinnie Accardi, Brian Lane, Ben Homola, Mike Strandberg and one as of yet unknown person.

Jesse Lacey was there, and according to a fan who asked him about new music from Brand New, Jesse replied “trying to get something out soon, maybe by the summer.”

The show is on YouTube; part 1, part 2, part 3.

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The guys at Capture Media present: ShoneDoc: part I of 3.

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Shone - ‘Heat Thing’

Available on Amazon and iTunes.

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Shone vinyl now available for pre-order on MerchDirect; ship date is April 30.

Tier 1: $65, limited to 150 total pieces
• 12” black etched Heat Thing vinyl
• 12” x 12” Wooden hand numbered box
• 16 page hard bound, hand numbered book consisting of lyrics and illustrations
• Free Digital Download of Heat Thing

Tier 2: $35, limited to 250 total pieces
• 12” black etched Heat Thing vinyl
• 12” x12” “Promise” giclee poster, printed with archival inks on acid-free Moab Entrada Rag. Each print is hand signed and hand numbered by Matthew Reid
• Free Digital Download of Heat Thing

Tier 3: $20
• Shone 12” black etched Heat Thing Vinyl
• Free Digital Download of Heat Thing

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"Piano Wire Number 12" and "Baby Shakes" are now available for purchase on iTunes.

"Piano Wire Number 12" and "Baby Shakes" are now available for purchase on iTunes.

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The nine pieces came together this afternoon, so in response, Levi uploaded a new video to YouTube with the album cover.

The nine pieces came together this afternoon, so in response, Levi uploaded a new video to YouTube with the album cover.

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(Photo via @spaghettisandwich)
Shone: the announcement
A group of about 30 or so people went to The Piazza at Schmidts at 6:30 as instructed by Levi’s last letter. A video played on the outdoor screen there, featuring the clown from an earlier video. First, he gave us the album release date: February 5. He then instructed those in attendance to enter a nearby restaurant to find a birdhouse. That birdhouse was found quickly; it contained 10 jump drives, each with the song "Baby Shakes" on it, as well as a jpg file that says “nine parts will uncover the cover,” a reference to the 9 packages that are being sent out. (So far, 3 of the 9 have been received.)
There was also a letter from Levi in the birdhouse, with great news: there would be a listening party at nearby Creep Records. Those in attendance (and nearly 100 more watching via livestream) were able to hear the record in its entirety.
This video shows the video announcement and the birdhouse being found.

(Photo via @spaghettisandwich)

Shone: the announcement

A group of about 30 or so people went to The Piazza at Schmidts at 6:30 as instructed by Levi’s last letter. A video played on the outdoor screen there, featuring the clown from an earlier video. First, he gave us the album release date: February 5. He then instructed those in attendance to enter a nearby restaurant to find a birdhouse. That birdhouse was found quickly; it contained 10 jump drives, each with the song "Baby Shakes" on it, as well as a jpg file that says “nine parts will uncover the cover,” a reference to the 9 packages that are being sent out. (So far, 3 of the 9 have been received.)

There was also a letter from Levi in the birdhouse, with great news: there would be a listening party at nearby Creep Records. Those in attendance (and nearly 100 more watching via livestream) were able to hear the record in its entirety.

This video shows the video announcement and the birdhouse being found.

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Shone

“Baby Shakes”

Shone - “Baby Shakes”

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(Photo via @cointossgirl)
Heatthing.com updated with a new video at 12:38am EST, early Wednesday, January 16.
The messages [Imgur gallery of screenshots] in the video were:
- Ten contInue the cHApTer; each with something else.- a sleeve- to share- an invitation.- a location.- an announcement.- 823- thE cIty of bRothErLy LoVE- your heart is in debt to me
After that invisible ink message, we knew letters 2, 3 and 8 would be important. Letter 8/10 (“an announcement”) was received in Philly overnight Thursday into Friday, and it contained coordinates leading to The Piazza at Schmidts. The girl who received the letter was unable to explore those coordinates Friday due to work, so Staci (@cointossgirl) ventured over to check out the area, while many of us in the absolutepunk thread looked up what stores were in the area. We decided the print shop or record store were most likely to be the place the coordinates were leading to. The print shop was closed, so she waited a few minutes for the record store to open, and finally was able to go in and ask if Levi had left anything. “You mean Brand New?” asked the employee. This got people thinking Brand New was involved, but I was guessing that the name Brand New had been dropped just to get the people working in this store to allow them to leave something there. Brand New is a band people know (or could easily Google) and Shone is not. Now it just seems like the guy was trolling; he was apparently texting Brian Lane throughout. Here’s Staci describing her experience:




The coordinates led to a record store at the Piazza called Creep Records. We dug through records for entirely too long. Erik, the guy at the store, was highly entertained by the entire thing. I think his “clues” made the search much longer than it needed to be but it was all in good fun. I recommend all of you stop in before the “announcement” on Monday. Erik was texting Brian Lane the entire time we were there. He said Brain drove down twice from NY, once to check out the store, and again last night to drop off the message.  For those of you that don’t know anything about the Piazza, its group of apartment buildings around an open space, with restaurants/bars/cool stores. Of note, there is a video screen on the one wall…I wouldn’t be surprised if they use that for the “announcement.”  That was fun . I’m glad I had the chance to go. Looking forward to whatever comes next!




If you’re in or near Philly, you might want to clear your plans Monday evening and head down to see what’s going on.

(Photo via @cointossgirl)

Heatthing.com updated with a new video at 12:38am EST, early Wednesday, January 16.

The messages [Imgur gallery of screenshots] in the video were:

- Ten contInue the cHApTer; each with something else.
- a sleeve
- to share
- an invitation.
- a location.
- an announcement.
- 823
- thE cIty of bRothErLy LoVE
- your heart is in debt to me

After that invisible ink message, we knew letters 2, 3 and 8 would be important. Letter 8/10 (“an announcement”) was received in Philly overnight Thursday into Friday, and it contained coordinates leading to The Piazza at Schmidts. The girl who received the letter was unable to explore those coordinates Friday due to work, so Staci (@cointossgirl) ventured over to check out the area, while many of us in the absolutepunk thread looked up what stores were in the area. We decided the print shop or record store were most likely to be the place the coordinates were leading to. The print shop was closed, so she waited a few minutes for the record store to open, and finally was able to go in and ask if Levi had left anything. “You mean Brand New?” asked the employee. This got people thinking Brand New was involved, but I was guessing that the name Brand New had been dropped just to get the people working in this store to allow them to leave something there. Brand New is a band people know (or could easily Google) and Shone is not. Now it just seems like the guy was trolling; he was apparently texting Brian Lane throughout. Here’s Staci describing her experience:

The coordinates led to a record store at the Piazza called Creep Records. We dug through records for entirely too long. Erik, the guy at the store, was highly entertained by the entire thing. I think his “clues” made the search much longer than it needed to be but it was all in good fun. I recommend all of you stop in before the “announcement” on Monday. Erik was texting Brian Lane the entire time we were there. He said Brain drove down twice from NY, once to check out the store, and again last night to drop off the message.

For those of you that don’t know anything about the Piazza, its group of apartment buildings around an open space, with restaurants/bars/cool stores. Of note, there is a video screen on the one wall…I wouldn’t be surprised if they use that for the “announcement.”

That was fun . I’m glad I had the chance to go. Looking forward to whatever comes next!

If you’re in or near Philly, you might want to clear your plans Monday evening and head down to see what’s going on.

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