Shining Biography

This UK indie rock band is most notable for featuring ex-Verve members Simon Jones (29 July 1972, Liverpool, Lancashire, England; bass) and Simon Tong (b. 1972, Lancashire, England; guitar/keyboards). The band evolved from a project set up by ex-Stone Roses / Seahorses member John Squire, with Jones recruited by the mercurial guitarist alongside unknown musicians including vocalist Duncan Baxter and drummer Mark Heaney. Though this project ultimately fell apart, Jones, Baxter and Heaney carried on working together when Squire finally pulled the plug. They were joined by Jones’ ex-bandmate Tong, who had joined the Verve on their final album, Urban Hymns, and lead guitarist Dan Macbean. Naming their new band the Shining (after the Stephen King novel), the quintet locked themselves away in a small rehearsal space in London for several months in order to perfect their sound. The band’s sole album was released in September 2002 on their management company’s own Zuma label, with worldwide distribution handled by Epic Records. True Skies betrayed the original involvement of Squire, with its reliance on the torpid, riff heavy sound of Led Zeppelin that the guitarist had attempted to emulate on the Stone Roses’ flawed The Second Coming. (NB: not to be confused with the Norwegian black metal band of the same name.)

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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