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AUTHOR & PUNISHER Share "Blacksmith" Track

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Monday, February 7, 2022 @ 12:23 AM

New Abum Krüller Out February 11th; U.S. Dates Announced

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AUTHOR & PUNISHER treat fans to a third and final preview of the San Diego-based outfit’s forthcoming album (Krüller, out Feb. 11 via Relapse Records) with today’s release of “Blacksmith” (streaming BELOW).

"Blacksmith" is a track that I co-wrote with the Krüller producer Jason Begin (VYTEAR),” explains Tristan Shone. “This one is a bit of an adventure where we go from my slow bending drones and morph into Jason's jungle and breaks with the same halftime bassline and vocals tying it together. Lyrically, this is an ode to Black women-led movements who have been fearlessly leading the way against oppression in this country for a long time."

Shone began work on Krüller after returning from his opening slot with TOOL across the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand, before being cut short due to the March 2020 lockdowns. "Melody has been and is still a part of my sound," says Shone. "I've always bathed them in a lot of reverb, delay, and distortion, though. This time around, I was bothered by the wall of distortion I had created. I wanted a little more clarity. I wanted to refine the sound. I wanted to step back from my own show and analyze it a bit. I had all these competing distortions that I wanted to streamline. I like contrast and wanted the vocals to be immediately noticeable. There's something about mixing punishing drones and rumble with a mellow thing on top that I really like on Krüller.”

Two already-released singles: “Drone Carrying Dread”, and “Maiden Star”, have showcased the new avenues Shone is taking his music. Consequence said “Drone Carrying Dread” is “one of the prettiest A&P tracks to date, though no less sonically powerful,” Metal Injection noted the music’s “massive industrial percussion, floating synths and dreamy guitars,” and Revolver succinctly dubbed the collection “emotional machine music.”

Part of the Krüller revamp included refining the machines that have become synonymous with AUTHOR & PUNISHER. As a result, Shone is also launching a bespoke audio gear company called Drone Machines to coincide with the release of Krüller. The gear company launch follows nearly two decades of AUTHOR & PUNISHER honing in on his craft - meticulously inventing, machining, experimenting, and creating custom musical instruments for his incredible live performances and recordings.

Krüller pre-orders are available now (https://orcd.co/authorandpunisher-kruller) with the 52-minute collection available on a selection of limited-edition vinyl variants that tie into the color palette of the album artwork, CD, cassette and digitally.

AUTHOR & PUNISHER have added several U.S. tour dates while simultaneously moving the forthcoming European headlining tour to Spring. The planned U.K. dates have been cancelled. An overseas Fall trek with PERTURBATOR and HEALTH begins on Oct. 6.

Tour dates:

  • 3.6 Los Angeles, CA Resident
  • 3.8 Seattle, WA Clock Out Lounge
  • 3.9 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater (Lounge)
  • 3.10 Oakland, CA Elbo Room Jack London
  • 3.28 Warsaw, Poland Hydrozagadka
  • 3.29 Wroclaw, Poland Akademia
  • 3.30 Prague, Czech Republic Modra Vopice
  • 3.31 Bratislava, Slovakia Randal Club
  • 4.1 Zagreb, Croatia Mocvara
  • 4.2 Linz, Austria Kapu
  • 4.3 Luzern, Switzerland Sedel
  • 4.4 Milan, Italy Legend Club
  • 4.5 Montpellier, France The Black Sheep
  • 4.6 Barcelona, Spain Bóveda
  • 4.7 Toulouse, France L’Ecluse Saint Pieere
  • 4.9 Poitiers, France Le Confront Moderne
  • 4.11 Antwerp, Belgium Kavka
  • 4.13 Vilnius, Lithuania Gallery 1986
  • 4.14 Riga, Latvia Melna Piektdiena
  • 4.15 Tallin, Estonia Sveeta Bar
  • 4.16 St. Petersburg, Russia Latochka
  • 4.17 Moscow, Russie Bumazhnaya Fabrika
  • 5.11 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
  • 5.13 Austin, TX TBA
  • 5.18 Denver, CO Hi-Dive
  • 5.19 Salt Lake City, UT Metro Music Hall
  • 5.20 Las Vegas, NV Backstage Bar
  • 5.22 San Diego, CA Casbah
MVTANT opens March 28 to April 11


  • 10.6 Lille, France Aeronef
  • 10.7 Paris, France L’Olympia
  • 10.12 Bordeaux, France Krakatoa
  • 10.13 Toulouse, France Bikini
  • 10.14 Madrid, Spain La Riviera
  • 10.15 Barcelona, Spain Razzmatazz 2
  • 10.16 Nantes, France Stereolux
  • 10.18 Lyon, France Le Transbordeur
  • 10.19 Strasbourg, France La Laiterie
  • 10.20 Lausanne, Switzerland Les Docks
  • 10.21 Munich, Germany Freiheiz
  • 10.22 Vienna, Austria, Arena
  • 10.23 Budapest, Hungary Akvarium Nagyhall
  • 10.25 Prague, Czech Republic Lucerna Music
  • 10.26 Wroclaw, Poland Zaklete Rewiry
  • 10.27 Warsaw, Poland Progresja
  • 10.28 Berlin, Germany Heimathafen
  • 10.29 Göthenburg, Sweden Trädgår’n
  • 10.30 Stockholm, Sweden Berns
  • 11.1 Helsinki, Finland Tavastia
  • 11.3 Oslo, Norway Vulkan Arena
  • 11.4 Copenhagen, Denmark Pumpehuset
  • 11.5 Hamburg, Germany Uebel & Gefährlich
  • 11.6 Utrecht, Netherlands Tivoli
  • 11.8 Cologne, Germany Kantine
  • 11.9 Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg Rockhal
  • 11.10 Brussels, Belgium Ancienne Belgique

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