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Descending New Angels
 
Genre: Blues, Rock
Hometown: Belleville, Illinois
Website: http://www.myspace.com/descendingnewangels
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Members:

Randy Shanks: lead vocals and guitar
Erik Simpson: backup vox and acoustic guitar
Keith Thurnau: drums
Micheal Titchenal: bass

 
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St. Louis-based performers Descending New Angels have accomplished over 175 shows along the Mississippi corridor in two years and released their self-titled album in August 2009. Just a few weeks after their CD release they were playing at a music festival, when a KDHX radio show host caught their performance, asked for a CD and requested a live studio interview (aired October 14). During the interview host Dan Kinney described the band influences as “southern-rock and new age alternative rock” and compared DNA to Government Mule. Four of the songs from the album have since made regular rotation on the 88.1FM KDHX.

While this band can jam and rock, they are best known for their grungy blues-rock sound. Cape Girardeau's newspaper the Southeast Missourian wrote "this St. Louis band has perfected the alt-rock ballad." Descending New Angels' symphonic style includes a constant dance between acoustic and electric guitars, which has been compared to Three Doors Down. Erik Simpson's acoustical talent shines as he draws the audience in with melodic starts, then builds intricate texture throughout each song. Lead singer Randy Shanks offers uniquely rich and passionate vocals shifting from soft melodic tones to soulful bellows, and is often likened to Eddie Vedder and Chris Cornell. Shanks also delivers an impressive lead guitar with speed and agility as he seamlessly shifts between rock riffs and bluesy bends. The band's skilled drummer is Keith Thurnau and Mike Titchenal plays bass. DNA has 4 hours of finely tuned originals, but will occasionally surprise the crowds with covers from their own favorite bands--Counting Crows, Men at Work, Blues Traveler, Audioslave and Pearl Jam.

 
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Shade
 
Genre: Blues, Rock
Hometown: Keokuk, Iowa
Website: http://www.myspace.com/blumoose75
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Members:

Gale Case: Bass and Vocals
Tom Washburn: Guitar
Chad Davis: Guitar and Vocals
Gavin Harper: Percussion

 
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Founding members, Tom Washburn and Gale Case, originally formed the band under the name BLUMOOSE. Tom and Gale have been life-long friends who met at the moose lodge when they were kids. Originally conceptualized as a blues band, the name BLUMOOSE was created in tribute to the musical style and personal history. Chad Davis joined the band in 2007, rounding out the guitar and vocals. With original drummer, Matt Settles, BLUMOOSE hit the scene playing many shows and benefits for two years. In 2009, Matt Settles left the band. Gavin Harper, Chad's cousin, took the reigns as drummer. When Gavin came on board, BLUMOOSE changed its name to SHADE. SHADE is now a very diverse band. Still playing the blues music they love, but adding in classic and modern rock to keep audiences dancing. Original work is currently in the Demo stage.
 
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