Others may know Shinn from Unified Theory (formerly Luma), the band formed in the wake of Blind Melon singer Shannon Hoon’s untimely death, by surviving members, guitarist, Christopher Thorn and bassist, Brad Smith, with former Pearl Jam drummer, Dave Krusen. Unified Theory churned out two albums between ’99 and ’06, after which Shinn returned to LA from Seattle and formed Move As A Verb, with Krusen still playing drums, which morphed over time into Everything Is Energy. This was as creative and productive as any period for Shinn in terms of music but stalled in terms of moving forward as a band. The timing of the digital music revolution wasn’t kind to the AR guys of rock n roll in the early aughts, who were all out drowning their sorrows in every Bukowski-era bar in LA that hadn’t yet been gentrified by now.
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