CITIES OF ORIGIN: Upland.
KINDRED SPIRITS: “We are always individually listening to and being inspired by different artists and genres, which makes it quite difficult to pin down our influences. Let’s put it this way: If Reza sends Dave a riff inspired by Ghost, Dave’s likely to drop a vocal inspired by Bowie; if Dave comes up with a demo inspired by Radiohead, Kurt and Reza are likely to approach it as though they were in Mastodon. Generally you might describe us as a mash-up of prog, post-punk and hard rock.”
RECENT RELEASES: Golden State (October 2012)
FREQUENTS: Romano’s (Riverside) and The High Brow (Upland).
We all have a lucky number, and for The Shadow Principle that number is certainly three. This epic trio proves that by unleashing the musical brilliance buried deep within their souls; they’re able to share sounds that bless you with a powerful stream of musical consciousness. Gifted with a drummer who starts the vibe off strong by formulating rhythmic, deep patterns, its will lift you off to unreachable harmonious spaces of relatable passion . . . resulting in songs that have been classified only as “space rock.” You couldn’t hide the talent and depth present within these musicians, whose songs find existence through organic group collaborations, until they’ve achieved “a unified sound of expression.” Purchase their record, available on iTunes, AmazonMP3 or bandcamp.com, and hear how their progressive rock, metal and post punk styles audibly communicate from the inside-out.
How do you describe your music?
Reza Moosavi: I think we would all describe it differently but [my] take on it is: A power trio with huge progressive riffs and larger than life hooks—call it Space Rock.
What is the story behind the name of your band?
David Tomkins: “We lifted the phrase from Joseph Campbell, who in [The] Hero with a Thousand Faces describes the shadow principle as the “magical costume,” representing the shape of the soul, worn by Siberian shaman seeking out the “lost or abducted souls of the sick.” I suppose for us the shadow principle represents ideas and impulses that first emerge internally—in the imagination—that take shape externally in the form of sound.
Tell me about your songwriting process.
Tomkins: Typically, Dave and Reza record demos on their own, which they circulate to the band. We’ll have a discussion about what we like and don’t like, and then start wood-shedding as an ensemble, which is where Kurt’s contributions become more pronounced. Occasionally we’ll turn a jam into a song or into part of a song. Musical and editorial contributions from everyone continue throughout the recording process, so by the time we’re finished with a song, everyone can happily take ownership of it.
Is there anything else you’d like us to know?
Moosavi: “We are looking for more venues and bands to play with in the Inland Empire. It would be great to revitalize the scene here and get a chance to show the Inland Empire that we represent them well.”