Hailing from Edinburgh, Scotland, The Shan is the reckless result of a shared affinity for 60s garage, classic punk rock, and modern fuzz.
The Shan was formed in Edinburgh in the summer of 2018 by drummer Josh Lohr. A native of the American Deep South, Josh relocated to Scotland after a long stint in Chicago punk, garage, and post punk bands. In Scotland, he set out with the aim to build a garage-inspired fuzz-driven punk band.
He met vocalist and local guitarist, Gordon Cockburn, instantly bonding on classic garage and modern fuzz. Gordon’s crass sensibility captures the raw-fronted spirit of personal icon, Iggy Pop.
As a native of Edinburgh, Gordon also named the band The Shan. Shan is Edinburgian for unfair, disappointing, terrible, or bad. Not that The Shan is shan, instead it’s a nod to the rich history of bands that may not have had the most talent, but were able to write brilliant enduring tunes.
The Shan enlisted their bass player from Middlesbrough, Calum Piercy, who brought a welcomed raw energy and precise ferocity.
The Shan has made a name for themselves on the live circuit supporting punk legends The Vibrators, Stiff Little Fingers, Conflict, The Lurkers, and The Dwarves, as well as supports slots for Electric Eel Shock and Hands Off Gretel through THIS FEELING, The UK’s biggest touring Indie and Alternative club night. The Shan have been invited to play in London, Dundee, Glasgow, Newcastle, Cardiff, Leeds, and Manchester. Their first short UK tour was a success in establishing themselves as unmissable live act culminating in back-to-back support slots in Camden’s famous Dublin Castle.
The Shan’s debut album “Caesar” was self-released on 23 July 2019 digitally on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, Bandcamp, and all other major platforms, as well as on limited edition gold glitter cassettes.
Small Record Reviews
They crash out the gates at a fast pace, and from wall-to-wall keep it going non-stop with a set of charged numbers that have a real verve to them. Looking forward to hearing more from The Shan!
Hints of Black Flag run confidently alongside the melodic intensity of Nirvana to create a whole new beast. Key track The Warriors is a sonic punch to the face that would make the MC5 proud. Check them out now
Gordon Cockburn – Vocals, Guitar
Spencer Agnew – Guitar
Calum Piercy – Bass
Josh Lohr – Drums