Shurman: The Artists I Love Transcend Labels

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Describe what an audience can expect to see at one of your shows

Well, a lot of sweat and a lot of smiling and a lot of rock and roll. The interaction between our band and the audience is really paramount to us. We're not the kind of band who's shoegazers; we enjoy watching people react and seeing the crowd get off on what it is we're doing. It's really important to us and we take it into consideration before we even write up a set list.

It sounds like the entire band works well together.

The band has been through a few different lineups in the last 10 years, and it's taken a while to get the right formula. It's like chemistry. Each guy has his own thing that he brings to the potion, if you will, and it's funny how you get that formula of the right guys together.

We get along really well offstage and we spend a hell of a lot of time together with the amount of shows we do each year. We have a lot of mutual respect for each other. Our guitar player, Harley, is one of the best guitar players I've ever heard; our drummer is completely solid; and honestly our bass player Mike is my favorite singer. That's awesome, when your favorite singer is the harmony singer in your band.

That translates to the audience. We're very comfortable around each other and we trust each other. It allows me to take it a little bit further and really lose myself in the music and not worry about hoping if everybody is on point.

So, you've been able to adapt and persevere in spite of the line-up changes.

Absolutely. We started in L.A., and we were one of those bands who had a lot of manager people looking to manage us. At the time we ended up signing to Vanguard Records and we had a lot of things promised to us.

Through no fault of the band or any of the members I've had--it's not like they weren't the right guy or they weren't talented enough or weren't dedicated--we just had a lot of people tell us "this is how it's going to be," and I feel like it brought a little bit of disappointment when it didn't happen as quickly as we were promised.

In a way it was detrimental to the band, because instead of going with the old school approach of winning fans over one at a time and playing shows, it was like we skipped those steps and then we realized we can't skip any of those steps, and we had to win our fans over one at a time.

We're hoping to have [the new album] finished before we head over to Europe in the fall.

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When Caleb isn't writing about music for New Times, he turns to cheesy horror movies and Jim Beam to pass the time.
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