Shane’s history with music is vast and ecclectic, having come to its beauty through the energetic ragtime rolls of his grandfather’s antique player pianos and the soulful wail of his mother’s homespun country songs. Raised by his grandparents, during the summers in a small town in Massachussets and during the winters in a trailer park in Florida, he took to learning the guitar as a way to pass the time and make friends.
As early as 12, after learning his first few chords, he began writing songs and trying to find a way to record them – settling on a very crude method of overdubs performed by using two tape recorders. This tape, while unlistenable to most sentient beings as a piece of art, shows Shane’s desire to use his music to connect with other people and examine his self in the process. This same examination of self and country folk roots finds its way into a majority of the songs in his recent psych-folk album, Basic Draining.
During his teen years, he began to take an interest in rock and metal as well as more urban types of folk music. He immediately thrust himself into the world of recording and performing in punk bands when he was 15, making lifelong friendships which only further instilled within him the xenophilic desire to meet others through the creation and performance of song.
Eventually, Shane also followed his love for hip hop onto the stage as well – opening for notable indie hip hop artists Sage Francis, Mr. Lif and Aesop Rock with his close friend DJ Merf. This influence can clearly be heard in the hip hop inspired production behind his collaboration with Strange Famous Records recording artist Buddy Peace on their rendition of Eno’s brilliant “The Fat Lady of Limbourgh”. Always an energetic performer, he quickly gained a reputation as someone to watch in the Providence area, self-releasing a hip hop album titled “Malice in Wonderland” in 2001 to a warm reception.
In 2005 he formed The Rectangle Club, a band of local musicians that blazed a ridiculous show schedule in the Worcester and Providence scenes - bringing their brand of straight forward and intelligent rock to the table with Shane’s energetic performance style and witty lyricism. Then, in 2008 Shane began a new project called The TickleBomb Orchestra with the intent of performing some of his folk-rock inspired material. During this time, he also began hosting an acoustic open mic at The Q Arts run coffeeshop, where after many ambiguous meetings with Alex Charlambides, Alex asked him to become the Musical Director of the Dirty Gerund Poetry Show. After setting up a house band to improvise behind local Worcester poets every Monday night at Ralph's Diner, the new format of the Dirty Gerund was born and the show has taken off quite a bit from there.
Shane works with a multitude of musicians doing solo shows in what he calls a "nuevo-folk" style, which will often mix loop-based electronic music with acoustic guitars, hip hop, trip hop and ambient music and everything in between. This is in addition to working with The TickleBomb Orchestra and the inimatble Sound in Stone, a local folk-rock outfit complete with mandolin, melodica, tuba, trumpet and a number of other instruments at their disposal. When he's not doing that, he runs light shows for local artists like black metal band Sarcomancy or his friend Eric Hagan of the Analog/Digital Debate. He also saves kittens. Every kitten, ever.