Ready to release their second album, the Will Shamberger Band is rocking and rolling with new songs such as “89406” and “Know No Better.” The album release show will be held at the Fallon Theatre on June 17 at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the theater for $10 each. The band is planning to play all of the new album songs plus the tunes from their last album, “1020 EP.”
The new album will be titled “Mondegreen.” When asked why that name was chosen, Will said, “It's a $30 word which just means mishearing a lyric. The name was sparked by multiple events and ideas that we floated around, one of them was from a song where I wrote about mishearing a lyric or getting a song lyric wrong. Then there also multiple times that our recording guy, Dogwater Dick, got things wrong. He was always messing up our lyrics and every time he emailed us about the song “Write Me Off” he would call it “Right Me Off”. Once that happened, I said that's it, that will be the album title.”
Lead Guitarist Charlie Gomes agreed with the mishearing, “There are lots of songs that I've listened to overtime that are some of my favorite songs, and if I didn't look at the lyrics, I would have thought that's not what they said. AC/DC lyrics are the perfect example.”
The band has 11 tunes recorded on the new album, many of which are new and others are ground-up restorations making them completely different. “Four of the new songs have been heard already in our recent live shows and in our podcast. Even with songs that people have heard, they haven't heard them the way they are now,” Will remarked. Drummer Stone Suess concurred, “It’s super fun being able to do this with our songs. It will be a surprise.” The four of them agreed with Charlie when he said, “This album is the best representation of what we do.” Bassist Jesse Morrow added, “And what we aspire to do.”
They continue to work on new songs, always having one in progress. Will writes the lyrics, the cords, and the basic song structure for all of their tunes now but would like the writing to be more collaborative. “I have ideas, but I would like them to bring theirs in too.” Charlie added, “He's the melody. Those guys (Stone and Jesse) are the heartbeat and the rhythm of it, and I just add all the goofy wanky stuff on top – the sprinkles,” which they all laughingly agreed with. Will likes to call Charlie “the fastest hands in the west” because of his flying lead guitar style and ability.
The band is investing in recording equipment of their own and will eventually look for a permanent location in town to record and practice. Being able to just walk in and start playing has huge creative benefits, as opposed to having to travel, set up, and break down every time they get together. Charlie said, “A permanent spot would allow us to collaborate and be so much more creative, plus it would make better use of the time we can spend together.”
Each band member is multi-instrumental. Charlie plays guitar and dabbles with keyboards, a synthesizer, and a bass guitar. He has toyed with a dulcimer and a mandolin that now have no strings. He also tried trumpet and saxophone in high school but wasn't a fan of those. Will started with guitar, then went to trombone, followed by seven years of piano lessons. He also plays the accordion, organ, kalimba, and a steel drum made from a propane tank tuned to “B-flat or B-flat minor.” Stone plays drums, the Cajon drum, acoustic guitar, ukulele, and anything else percussion. Jesse started young with violin, then moved on to drums, bass, and acoustic guitars. He also dabbles in keyboards and ukulele. He plays a fretless bass because “I wanted a challenge, and they are harder to play. But it's made me a far better musician. It tuned my ear better than I ever heard before. If I'm a quarter of an inch off on my fretless, I can hear that and move. I can finally, truly tune a guitar for the first time, and I attribute that to playing the fretless.”
The band has several live performances on its horizon from Fallon and Reno, to Truckee and Lincoln, California. They have music videos due out along with promotional items and the new album.
More information about the band can be found on their website, https://www.thewillshambergerband.com/. They can be contacted via email at [email protected]. Their music and podcasts can be found everywhere, including on Spotify and YouTube.
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