Jealous Haters Since 1998!
Home | News | Reviews | Day In Rock | Photos | RockNewsWire | Singled Out | Tour Dates/Tix | Feeds

SHUVEL 
by Goth Brooks
Few bands have used the formula of the dual lead vocalist line-up to as powerful an effect as Rap-Core upstarts SHUVEL have since their inception.  There have been only two other dual vocalist bands worthy of mention in my book thus far.  These two bands being Phunk Junkeez, and Shootyz Groove.  SHUVEL has a lot more going on by way of sound and the use of the two vocalists in the band than these two bands put together.  SHUVEL has a sound that’s very fresh, hard edge, and aggro-intense, and their thirteen song Interscope records debut SET IT OFF is justifiable proof to all the hype.

Former co-workers Isaac Ayala and Jeff Hollinger decided to form a band.  First they got Jeff’s younger brother Kyle Hollinger to play drums, next they recruited guitarist Ryan Stuber from another local band, bassist Carlos Sandoval then stepped up and joined, and SHUVEL was complete.  The band worked hard and after numerous jams they had a set of songs.  The band cut their teeth on their local circuit and garnered equal amounts of fan devotion, and jealousy, which inspired the right-back-at-ya “Hitlist” off of SET IT OFF.  It was now time for the band to take the next logical step and leave Witchita, Kansas.  Vocalist Jeff Hollinger states that leaving home was a matter of taking the music seriously. The band said, “If this is what we want to do, let’s do it now.  They left Kansas behind and headed west, landing themselves in Phoenix, Arizona.  It was there that they played live four nights a week for six months straight before moving on to Los Angeles.  SHUVEL was blowing the roof off a house party in San Pedro where they met a stripper who knew an artist relations agent from Interscope records.  The stripper proved to be the hook-up the band needed and soon SHUVEL was in the studio with producer Scott Ralston laying down SET IT OFF’s thirteen stunning tracks. 

SET IT OFF employs elements of hip-hop, metal guitars, challenging and insightful lyrics, and plenty of hardcore attitude to assault the listeners’ senses.  When you get past the fact that vocalists Isaac Ayala and Jeff Hollinger sound similar to each other and eerily like Zack De La Rocha (well, on the beginning of the title track at least), you can get up off your ass and go off on this.  I’d originally mistaken this for political rap-core because of the similarities of both these vocalists voice to that of Zack, and the political subject matter of RATM material.  But upon closer listening to SET IT OFF, it’s evident that SHUVEL’s lyrics are steeped deeply in social issues and social politics, but most definitely not the government kind.  Sure, there’s reference to the Columbine tragedy on the title track, but the genius of SHUVEL is to not beat the subject into the ground.  They have a knack for doing this thing where the lyrics make you aware and make you think about what’s wrong with the state of the world, without boring you with pointless rants.  So, if your life is lacking that excitement you so desperately crave, get your issue of SHUVEL and see what kind of trouble it inspires you to get into.  You won’t be bored, I promise you that.
 
 

The Band

Isaac Ayala – Vocals
Jeff Hollinger – Vocals
Kyle Hollinger – Drums
Carlos Sandoval – Bass
Ryan Stuber – Guitars
 

Want more?

Visit the official web site for a free MP3 of Set it Off! 


Listen to sound clips and Purchase the CD online

Photos courtesy of Interscope Records. All Rights Reserved by Copyright holder.
 

--

.
News Reports
.
• Day in Rock:
Richie Sambora On Possible Bon Jovi Reunion At Rock Hall Induction- Linkin Park Release Live Sharp Edges Video- The Doors Final Concert Ever Filmed Being Released-more

• Day in Pop Ariana Grande Confirms Work On A New Album- Luke Bryan Plays New York Hospital For The Holidays- Sam Smith Performs 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas'- more

• Yesterday's Day in Rock: Taylor Swift Reveals Her Mother Has Cancer- Rich Homie Quan Surrenders To Police Over Alleged Nightclub Assault- Justin Bieber Duets With Ariana Grande- Mumford & Sons- more

 Subscribe To Day in Rock

.
 
Reviews
.

• Ladies Only: Jennie Abrahamson- Rachel Garlin- Nneka- More

• Album of the Week: Led Zeppelin's When The West Was Won

• Karyn Crisis' Gospel Of The Witches - Salem's Wounds

• The Blues: John Mayall's Bluesbreakers- Arlen Roth, Mike Henderson Band- Slam Allen

• Trauma Interview

• December in Red - The Way Out

• Battleaxe - Power From the Universe Reissue

• SOKO Interview

• The Compulsions - Dirty Fun

• Rock Reads: Morbid Tales! A Tribute to Celtic Frost

• Death Penalty - Death Penalty

• On The Record: The Wild Beyond

• RockPile: Minutian- Odin's Court- THEO

• Michael Ubaldini Interview

• Root 66: Cameron Mitchell- Stacy Jones- Greg Shirley


.
.
.

Search for Tickets

Or Browse For Tickets

.
.
Today's Rock News
.

• Ozzy Sets Home On Fire

• Santana, Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie Reunite at Journey Show

• Ted Nugent's Wife Arrested

• Iron Maiden Tops Billboard's Hot Tours Chart

• Pop Star Fergie Names Son After Guns N' Roses Frontman Axl Rose

• Jack White Recording New Songs With The Dead Weather

• Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington Reveal EP Details

• The Who Releasing Massive Super Deluxe Edition of Tommy

• Paul McCartney Talks New Song and His Plans Never To Retire

• August Burns Red Announce Special Screening of Documentary

• The National Curating Grateful Dead Tribute Album

• KISS' Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons Announce Book Signings

• Mike Portnoy Reveals Full Progressive Nation At Sea Lineup

• Saxon's Biff Byford Explains Evil Look Was Down To Illness

• Astrid Kirchherr's Early Beatles Photos To Be Exhibited Next Month

• Gene Simmons and Engelbert Humperdinck Footage Goes Online

• Red Fang Streaming New Song ' Blood Like Cream' Online

• Sammy Hagar Compares Les Paul Guitars To Muscle Cars

• What Do Crocheting And Rock 'N' Roll Have In Common? Deap Vally

• Classic Rock Going Country

Subscribe to Day in Rock Report by Email

.
.
Today's Pop News
.

• North Korea Reportedly Execute 12 Musicians

• Jay-Z Releases Holy Grail Video Featuring Justin Timberlake

• Big Sean in Fall Out Boy's New Video

• Thousands of Justin Timberlake Fans Flood 'Take Back The Night' Filming

• Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O Unplugs

• Miguel Covers Pink's Just Like A Pill

• Eric Church Going In A Different Direction With 'Chief' Follow Up

• Kip Moore Has Almost Finished New Album

• Juicy J Twerk Tweet Ends Up As Scholarship Competition

• Danny Brown's On Stage Sex Act Was Not Planned

• Bastille Trace The Best Of British Rock, Including Morrissey's Pompadour

• Singled Out: Dulcinea Renee's Pictures Of You

More News

.
 
anti Worthy Links
.
• The Screen Door • superLOUD • A Journal of Musical Things • Lloyd Zeffler blog • Demolish Mag • Nightwatcher's House of Rock • CJ Chilvers • Deja Voodoo • The 1st Five • thecopycat.biz • Hard Rock Memorabilia • Day in Rock @twitter


New Mystery Book from
antiMusic's Dawn Marie Fichera!
.
  .
.

Click Here to Buy T-Shirts!
Click Here to Buy T-Shirts!

 

Tell a Friend about this page - Contact Us - Privacy - antiMusic Email - Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2013 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved. antiMusic works on a free link policy for reprinting of our original articles, click here for details. Please click here for legal restrictions and terms of use applicable to this site. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.