[More metal musings from frequent contributor Andrew Epstein.- AC]
The Norwegian band Shining (not to be confused with the Swedish band of the same name) has carved out a very unique spot in modern music. Originating as an acoustic jazz group the band has morphed into an amalgam of jazz, metal, punk, and rock ‘n’ roll.
The band is led by singer/guitarist/saxophonist Jørgen Munkeby, whose childhood love of heavy music was reawakened years after disappearing deep into the worlds of jazz and classical. After our last interview I was keen to delve further into Munkeby’s story so I could get a bit of a clearer picture as to how a former skate-punk found himself in the seat of musical education, and how he eventually brought those two worlds together.
Shining is currently on tour in North America with The Dillinger Escape Plan.