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Author & Punisher unveils new song, “Maiden Star”

San Diego-based one-man noise maker Author & Punisher (aka Tristan Shone) has released his new track titled “Maiden Star,” which you can check out below. The song serves as the second tune to be unleashed from the act’s upcoming new album dubbed ‘Krüller,’ which drops on February 11th through Relapse Records (pre-order).

Tristan comments, “’Maiden Star’ continues the trudge of escape and survival from ‘Drone Carrying Dread,’ but with a focus on the vital interpersonal conflicts and triumphs that exist in times of war and peace. This track, my personal favorite from the balance of the heavy and the melodic, is deeply personal and painful at the same time. The first note both lifts me up and beats the shit out of me.

Shone commenced work on ‘Krüller’ after returning from his opening stint with Tool across the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand, before having to cut the run short due to the March 2020 lockdowns. “Melody has been and is still a part of my sound,” states 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.”


Author & Punisher has announced two rounds of 2022 European tour dates with a pair of North American performances scheduled for March. See dates below.

Headlining dates:
February 7 Tallin, Estonia Sveta Bar
February 8 Riga, Latvia Melna Piektdiena
February 9 Vilnius, Lithuania XI 20
February 13 Antwerp, Belgium Kavka
February 14 Brighton, UK Patterns [TIX]
February 15 London, UK The Underworld [TIX]
February 16 Leeds, UK Brudenell Social Club [TIX]
February 17 Glasgow, UK Stereo [TIX]
February 18 Newcastle, UK Cluny [TIX]
February 19 Birmingham, UK Castle and Falcon [TIX]
February 20 Bristol, UK Fleece [TIX]
February 21 Manchester, UK Deaf Institute
March 6 Los Angeles, CA Resident
March 10 Oakland, CA Elbo Room Jack London

With Perturbator and Health:
October 6 Lille, France Aeronef
October 7 Paris, France L’Olympia
October 12 Bordeaux, France Krakatoa
October 13 Toulouse, France Bikini
October 14 Madrid, Spain La Riviera
October 15 Barcelona, Spain Razzmatazz 2
October 16 Nantes, France Stereolux
October 18 Lyon, France Le Transbordeur
October 19 Strasbourg, France La Laiterie
Oxtober 20 Lausanne, Switzerland Les Docks
October 21 Munich, Germany Freheiz
October 22 Vienna, Austria Arena
October 23 Budapest, Hungary Akvarium Nagyhall
October 25 Prague, Czech Republic Lucerna Music [TIX]
October 26 Wroclaw, Poland Zaklete Rewiry
October 27 Warsaw, Poland Progresja
October 28 Berlin, Germany Heimathafen
October 29 Goteborg, Sweden Tradgar N
October 30 Stockholm, Sweden Berns
November 1 Helsinki, Finland Tavastia
November 3 Oslo, Norway Vulkan Arena
November 4 Copenhagen, Denmark Pumpehuset
November 5 Hamburg, Germany Uebel & Gefahrlich
November 6 Utrecht, Netherlands Tivoli
November 8 Cologne, Germany Kantine
November 9 Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxermbourg Rockhall [TIX]
November 10 Brussels, Belgium Ancienne Belgique

Artist photo by Becky DiGiglio

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