Author & Punisher

Official press release:

Author & Punisher, the one man doom outfit that’s both man and machine, release Melk En Honing, the outfit’s Housecore Records’ debut on June 30.

As Author & Punisher, Tristan Shone builds and manipulates machinery to create music that’s otherworldly. A recent Wired Magazine feature, citing the lack of live instruments said, “What you’ll find instead is lots and lots of actual metal — a hefty helping of aluminum, steel, and copper, to be precise.” Shone started working on what would become Author & Punisher as part of his master’s thesis, dubbing his “instruments” the Drone Machines. NPR said of Author & Punisher’s live performance, “It’s a thrill to watch this musical cyborg at work, as he literally fires on all cylinders and pulls levers like an executioner.”

The eight-song album was produced by Housecore Records’ Phil Anselmo, who said:

Tristan Shone is the epitome of what Housecore Records stands for, and looks for in musical expression: absolute originality and innovation. It is our complete pleasure to facilitate such a fantastic, artistic mind and expression of bombastic works. There is no pigeonholing this man’s art.”

Melk En Honing was recorded at Nodeferatu’s lair in North Shore, LA.

Ahead of the June 30 release, Author & Punisher launches a new U.S. tour, with stops at both Stumpfest and Psycho California, where Shone will provide musical interludes throughout the three-day event. Shone explains:

“Although the album won’t be out for a couple months. This tour is very special in that I am debuting many of the new tracks. For me, the wounds are still fresh and I think that rawness seeps through physically and emotionally in the performance. This album and experience has intensified my music for me and people will feel it in their chest as I do.”

4/24 – Portland, OR | Stumpfest
4/25 – Vancouver, BC | Funky Winkerbeans
4/26 – Seattle, WA | Barboza
4/28 – Spokane, WA | The Pin
4/29 – Boise, ID | Neurolux
4/30 – Salt Lake City, UT | Area 51
5/01 – Denver, CO | Larimer Lounge
5/03 – Minneapolis, MN | Triple Rock
5/05 – Chicago, IL | Reggie’s
5/07 – New York, NY | Fat Baby
5/08 – Boston, MA | O’Brien’s
5/09 – Philadelphia, PA | Kung Fu Necktie
5/11 – New Orleans, LA | Blue Nile
5/12 – Austin, TX | Holy Mountain
5/13 – Albuquerque, NM | Low Spirits
5/15 – Santa Ana, CA | Psycho California
5/16 – Santa Ana, CA | Psycho California
5/17 – Santa Ana, CA | Psycho California