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The music of theSHIFT is a kind of transcendental rock n roll because it has the power to wake your senses while taking your mind elsewhere. Shannon’s vocals can seem the soft whispers of some rogue angel at one moment and a righteous declaration at the other. His guitar playing is capable of creating worlds of tangible melodic landscapes or shattering worlds around him like a cosmic explosion. The rhythmic base and foundation of theSHIFT comes from bassist Benjamin Geis and drummer Matt Joe Lambert who, out of the world of live hip hop music, bring a heavy, present and crystalline ground made of deep poignant bass lines and explosive in-the-pocket drumming that has carried legendary hip hop acts such as Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick and Lifted Crew. The meeting of these worlds in live chemistry and songwriting is simply something new to hear and experience – this is theSHIFT.
theSHIFT is a phenomenon. John Shannon, MJ Lambert and Ben Geis — three of the most vital, highly sought-after musicians in New York City and the world-over — have put aside their roles as hired guns for some of the biggest names in the music business to gamble it all on one band… and they’re doing it because theSHIFT is about something much bigger.
“theSHIFT is about altering your consciousness through the sheer power of Rock and Roll music. Our lyrics don’t question the government, they question the nature of your reality.” —JS