Formed in 1992 in the outskirts of Kansas City, Missouri, Shiner originally included Allen Epley (guitar, vocals), Jeff Brown (drums), and Shawn Sherrill (bass).
After Tim Dow replaced Brown, the band found itself sharing the stage with Season to Risk
, Sunny Day Real Estate
, the Jesus Lizard
, and Girls Against Boys
before the DeSoto
label -- run by Jawbox
, another touring partner -- released the band's debut single, "Brooks," in 1993. Their first album was Splay, issued on DeSoto
in 1996. Season to Risk
's Paul Malinowski took over on bass. After the release of Lula Divinia (Hit It!
, 1997), Sub Pop
took notice and issued the "Sleep It Off" single that same year. Two additional singles, "Farewell Bend Merger" and "Semper Fi," were released on DeSoto
in 1998 and 1999. Starless (Owned & Operated
, 2000) featured new bassist and keyboardist Josh Newton -- Malinowski moved to keyboards -- as well as Dow replacement Jason Gerken. The Egg, Shiner's final album, was released on DeSoto
in 2001. ~ Mike DaRonco, Rovi