Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: http://feeds.artistdata.com/xml.shows/artist/ZR29FUPSD45EE46P/xml/future:50: parser error : xmlParseEntityRef: no name in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: ;return{init:function(){n||(n=!0,setTimeout(t,0))},push:function(i){u.push(i),n& in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: ^ in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: http://feeds.artistdata.com/xml.shows/artist/ZR29FUPSD45EE46P/xml/future:50: parser error : EntityRef: expecting ';' in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: eturn{init:function(){n||(n=!0,setTimeout(t,0))},push:function(i){u.push(i),n&&t in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: ^ in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: http://feeds.artistdata.com/xml.shows/artist/ZR29FUPSD45EE46P/xml/future:53: parser error : Opening and ending tag mismatch: link line 40 and head in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: </head> in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: ^ in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: http://feeds.artistdata.com/xml.shows/artist/ZR29FUPSD45EE46P/xml/future:66: parser error : Attribute href redefined in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: title="Musician tools"><span class="text">Musician tools< in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: ^ in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: http://feeds.artistdata.com/xml.shows/artist/ZR29FUPSD45EE46P/xml/future:66: parser error : Entity 'nbsp' not defined in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: title="Musician tools"><span class="text">Musician tools</span>&nbsp; in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: ^ in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: http://feeds.artistdata.com/xml.shows/artist/ZR29FUPSD45EE46P/xml/future:66: parser error : Entity 'nbsp' not defined in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: an class="text">Musician tools</span>&nbsp;<i class="icon-chevron-up"></i>&nbsp; in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: ^ in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: http://feeds.artistdata.com/xml.shows/artist/ZR29FUPSD45EE46P/xml/future:98: parser error : Entity 'nbsp' not defined in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: <i class="select-indicator icon-chevron-down"></i>&nbsp;<span class="m in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: ^ in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: http://feeds.artistdata.com/xml.shows/artist/ZR29FUPSD45EE46P/xml/future:185: parser error : Entity 'ndash' not defined in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: <a data-action="media-control" href="#play" title="{{title}}">{{title}} &ndash; in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: ^ in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: http://feeds.artistdata.com/xml.shows/artist/ZR29FUPSD45EE46P/xml/future:189: parser error : Entity 'copy' not defined in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: href="/gig-locations/" title="Gig locations">Gig locations</a></nav><span>&copy; in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: ^ in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: http://feeds.artistdata.com/xml.shows/artist/ZR29FUPSD45EE46P/xml/future:225: parser error : Opening and ending tag mismatch: img line 224 and li in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: </li> in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: ^ in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: http://feeds.artistdata.com/xml.shows/artist/ZR29FUPSD45EE46P/xml/future:229: parser error : Opening and ending tag mismatch: img line 228 and li in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: </li> in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: ^ in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: http://feeds.artistdata.com/xml.shows/artist/ZR29FUPSD45EE46P/xml/future:233: parser error : Opening and ending tag mismatch: img line 232 and li in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: </li> in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: ^ in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: http://feeds.artistdata.com/xml.shows/artist/ZR29FUPSD45EE46P/xml/future:235: parser error : Opening and ending tag mismatch: li line 231 and ul in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: </ul> in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: ^ in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: http://feeds.artistdata.com/xml.shows/artist/ZR29FUPSD45EE46P/xml/future:236: parser error : Opening and ending tag mismatch: li line 227 and div in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: </div> in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: ^ in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: http://feeds.artistdata.com/xml.shows/artist/ZR29FUPSD45EE46P/xml/future:237: parser error : Opening and ending tag mismatch: li line 223 and div in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: </div> in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: ^ in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: http://feeds.artistdata.com/xml.shows/artist/ZR29FUPSD45EE46P/xml/future:238: parser error : Opening and ending tag mismatch: ul line 221 and div in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: </div> in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: ^ in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: http://feeds.artistdata.com/xml.shows/artist/ZR29FUPSD45EE46P/xml/future:247: parser error : error parsing attribute name in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: indClose","fb_xd_fragment","Script error.","[object Object]"];for(e=0;e<i.length in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: ^ in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: http://feeds.artistdata.com/xml.shows/artist/ZR29FUPSD45EE46P/xml/future:247: parser error : attributes construct error in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: indClose","fb_xd_fragment","Script error.","[object Object]"];for(e=0;e<i.length in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: ^ in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: http://feeds.artistdata.com/xml.shows/artist/ZR29FUPSD45EE46P/xml/future:247: parser error : Couldn't find end of Start Tag i.length line 247 in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: indClose","fb_xd_fragment","Script error.","[object Object]"];for(e=0;e<i.length in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: ^ in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: http://feeds.artistdata.com/xml.shows/artist/ZR29FUPSD45EE46P/xml/future:314: parser error : Opening and ending tag mismatch: div line 204 and body in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: </body> in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: ^ in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: http://feeds.artistdata.com/xml.shows/artist/ZR29FUPSD45EE46P/xml/future:315: parser error : Opening and ending tag mismatch: div line 203 and html in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: </html> in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: ^ in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: http://feeds.artistdata.com/xml.shows/artist/ZR29FUPSD45EE46P/xml/future:316: parser error : Premature end of data in tag div line 202 in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: http://feeds.artistdata.com/xml.shows/artist/ZR29FUPSD45EE46P/xml/future:316: parser error : Premature end of data in tag body line 54 in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: http://feeds.artistdata.com/xml.shows/artist/ZR29FUPSD45EE46P/xml/future:316: parser error : Premature end of data in tag meta line 16 in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: http://feeds.artistdata.com/xml.shows/artist/ZR29FUPSD45EE46P/xml/future:316: parser error : Premature end of data in tag meta line 15 in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: http://feeds.artistdata.com/xml.shows/artist/ZR29FUPSD45EE46P/xml/future:316: parser error : Premature end of data in tag head line 8 in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: http://feeds.artistdata.com/xml.shows/artist/ZR29FUPSD45EE46P/xml/future:316: parser error : Premature end of data in tag html line 3 in /home3/johannes/public_html/shaimus.com/sidebar.php on line 7

About Shaimus

band members


PHIL

CAM

JOHANNES

EVAN

LOU

band bio

Between Guitar Hero and Rock Band, Shaimus has forcibly (but legally) entered the homes of millions of people around the world. The Los Angeles-based rock band's song "Like a Fool" has lit a fire under plastic instrument-wielding rockers everywhere as a free download for Rock Band 2; the tune also helps to usher in the next phase of Shaimus music with their second album, The Sad Thing Is, We Like It Here—a record that showcases the band's knack for memorable hooks, soulful vocals and intricate-yet-somehow-tasteful playing.

In addition to their two video game appearances, Shaimus has been played on indie and mainstream radio, licensed their music to MTV, become International Songwriting Competition semi-finalists, signed a publishing contract leading to song placements on "One Tree Hill" and "Ruby and the Rockits" and an appearance in the Sony/Screengems film The Roommate, signed a Friends Deal with MySpace Records, and had tens of thousands of music sales—all without the help of a record label.

Read rest of bio... (click to show/hide)

The five original members of Shaimus joined forces toward the end of 2004 while attending Berklee College of Music in Boston. Their mysterious band name origins and dubious character traits aside, the quintet began locking in with each other musically almost immediately, and soon began work on their debut album, Paper Sun. The disc had its genesis in the late night abandoned cubicles of the Rhode Island Food Bank where the drums were tracked (but no canned food was consumed by starving musicians). The recording moved on to cramped apartment bedrooms where most of the rest was completed. Partway through the hasty recording process, "All Of This" was tapped by a little known company called Harmonix to be in a quirky new game called Guitar Hero. This would become the catalyst for Shaimus' worldwide proliferation of rock.

The band moved to Los Angeles and hit the road on tour, during which they honed their sound, songwriting process and performance chops. Their live shows, marked by energy, unadulterated volume, ripping guitar solos and sweat-drenched wristbands became the band's trademark and led to a win at B.B. King's Battle of the Bands in Universal City and a 7-month residency in an LA rock club. With a bevy of new songs that exemplified the newly refined Shaimus style and a steady demand from their fans, Phil, Evan, Cam, Johannes, and original guitarist Dave Middleton realized it was time to record a new album—one that would prove just how far they'd come since Paper Sun.

So, holing themselves up for most of 2008, Shaimus painstakingly crafted a follow-up that would define the sound of a band coming into its own (this time minus the food bank but adding a bathroom, a closet and The Record Plant). The result was 2009's The Sad Thing Is, We Like It Here (and a sold-out CD release party), with themes of morality, mundanity and generational impassivity, plus the standard serving of love and ire that accompany most quality music. It was just one more step toward the band's single, modest goal: total world domination.


recent accomplishments

  • Featured in hit video games Rock Band 2 and Guitar Hero (Like A Fool and All Of This)
  • Licensed to Sony/Screen Gems 2010 release The Roommate (Let Go and Tie You Down)
  • Licensed to CW's One Tree Hill, aired on 11/9/2009 (Left To Dry)
  • Licensed to ABC Family's Ruby & The Rockits, Season 1 Finale (Tie You Down)
  • Licensed to internationally syndicated cooking show Bill's Food (Left To Dry)
  • 2008 International Songwriting Competition Semi-Finalist (Turn The Other Way)
  • Radio airplay on 98.7 FM (Los Angeles), Sophie 103.7 FM (San Diego), XM and college stations, top 25 on UCLA charts
  • Numerous appearances and performances on live interactive internet channel thestream.tv
  • Featured on Pandora Internet Radio
  • Invited by iVideosongs.com to record guitar instructional videos (All Of This, Tie You Down and Like A Fool

recent articles and reviews


timeline

2009Click to Show/Hide

JANUARY
Shaimus' second album, The Sad Thing Is, We Like It Here, is released.

MARCH
The band sells out The Mint in West LA for their CD release party.

APRIL
Dave announces he will be leaving the band to pursue non-musical interests. Tears are shed. Hugs are given. An era comes to an end.

MAY
After signing a publishing deal with North Star Media, Shaimus gets the songs "Let Go" and "Tie You Down" placed in the Sony/Screen Gems film The Roommate. The band appears in the actual film with star Cam Gigandet pretending to play drums. Phil is out of town and (actual Shaimus drummer) Cam pretends to be the lead singer/keyboardist.

AUGUST
Following a brief hiatus, Shaimus plays a show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. Phil's brother Lou, who had just moved to California, fills in on guitar. Days later, the band surprises Lou and tells him he is in the band. In a full-circle moment (see Fall 2004 in this timeline), the new lineup is complete.

SEPTEMBER
"Tie You Down" is featured on the ABC Family show "Ruby and the Rockits." It's in the opening scene playing on the radio in the background, barely audible. Better than nothing.

NOVEMBER
The band hits the road for some West Coast tour dates. "Left to Dry" is on "One Tree Hill," during which Sophia Bush's character drops the pregnancy bomb.

DECEMBER
The music video for "Like a Fool," which was shot the previous August, is released. It is featured on the MySpace Music homepage, next to artists of similar stature such as Eminem and Mary J. Blige.

2008Click to Show/Hide

WINTER
The band records tracks for their second album, a process which will take most of the year.

MARCH
They film their first ever music video for the song "Turn the Other Way." It features the cathartic destruction of an office, and Shaimus decides they are OK with occasionally glorifying violence.

AUGUST
Dave and Evan fly to Atlanta to record a series of instructional guitar videos for the website iVideosongs.com.

FALL/WINTER
Finishing touches are put on the album. A new song, "Like a Fool," is announced as a free download for the new game Rock Band 2.

2007Click to Show/Hide

SPRING
The band has been biding their time as Cam and Dave attend their senior years in Boston. Acoustic trio shows are played in the meantime. Much patience is used up. Much booze is imbibed.

JUNE
Cam and Dave triumphantly (and permanently) arrive in LA. The band is finding their musical niche, and new music is written by the group.

FALL
Shaimus ends their residency at a local music club and holes up in their rehearsal space to record their second album.

2006Click to Show/Hide

FEBRUARY
The debut album, which has just been mastered by Grammy winner Gavin Lurssen, is released. It is called Paper Sun. The increasing popularity of Guitar Hero, which was released a few months prior, has given Shaimus the beginnings of a fan base. They can't afford to pay for a CD pressing, so they take pre-orders via the website and use the money to manufacture the CD.

MARCH
Cam and Dave are at Berklee. Johannes and Phil feel as though they are wasting their lives in cubicles testing cell phone games. Evan is scraping by with his commission from working at the Hollywood Guitar Center. Cam and Dave fly out to play their first show at the Roxy in Hollywood. By this time, "All Of This" is undoubtedly the band's signature tune.

MAY
Disgusted and using touring as an excuse, Johannes, Phil and Evan gleefully quit their hated jobs. Cam and Dave return to the West Coast and Shaimus plays at the E3 video game convention to promote Guitar Hero. It kicks off the best summer of their collective lives: the Shaimus West Coast World Tour, 2006.

JULY
The tour is in full force. They arrive to their show in San Francisco only to find the club has inexplicably closed. They move on to Portland. At this point, they're all beginning to grasp that they really have something going as a band.

AUGUST
Shaimus caps off their tour with some amazing times in Seattle and Montana. Everywhere they go, people require them to eat their free food and drink their free beer. They are starting to like this music thing. The band returns to L.A, where they promptly win the Battle of the Bands at BB King's in Universal City. There is much rejoicing.

2005Click to Show/Hide

FEBRUARY
Shaimus plays their first ever show on the 11th for a tsunami benefit concert at Boston University. The stage is uncomfortable. There are about 30 people there total, including the other bands. There is much rejoicing.

MARCH
Shaimus plays their second show on the 22nd at TT the Bear's in Cambridge. Evan has a 103 degree fever during the show. Unlike their debut, this show has some unforeseen magic. The five members wonder if they're onto something special.

APRIL
At the beginning of the month, Shaimus shacks up for a weekend in the cubicles of the Rhode Island Food Bank to record drum tracks for their debut album. Cam finishes his parts early and they go to the mall and see Sin City.

MAY
In a continuing rush to get some music recorded before everyone leaves for the summer, Dave and Evan each take a weekend to lay down some tasty licks. Evan records the solo for "All Of This" after one or two (or maybe five) beers.

SUMMER
The band is apart. Johannes and Phil stay in Allston and work on the album, mostly in Johannes' bedroom. While saving money working at a little video game developer called Harmonix, Johannes and Phil hear about a new game called "Guitar Hero" that is being developed. An unfinished version of "All Of This" is presented to the company. They like it.

OCTOBER
Phil, Johannes, and Evan take a leisurely 9-day road trip from Boston to California, seeing much of the country along the way. After crashing on couches for a couple weeks, they put a deposit down on a cockroach-ridden apartment they will soon lovingly call home in West LA. Cam and Dave still have two years of college left, and the future of the band's lineup is unsure.

DECEMBER
Cam and Dave fly out for the first ever Los Angeles Shaimus show, proving their dedication and kicking off a period of intense impatience. "Old Fashioned Love" is still the signature Shaimus song.

2004Click to Show/Hide

SPRING
Boston, Massachusetts. Phil has a couple songs up his sleeve and decides to record a few for a friend's Berklee final project. Along with his friends James on drums and Tim on bass, Phil recruits Johannes to play keys and Evan to play guitar. Meanwhile, he hears a recording of Cam playing drums and can't help but notice it doesn't totally suck. Three songs are recorded, one of them being "Old Fashioned Love." Little does anyone know, this song will become the the first seed of Shaimus. Johannes and Evan play in a live performance of an early version of the song "This World" for Phil's senior project. Johannes is playing keys and Phil is on bass and vocals.

SUMMER
While drinking at a party in Evan's Cambridge apartment, Phil and Johannes (who have already graduated) inform him of their plans to move to Los Angeles the following year. They ask him to join, and he says yes, assuming this means they're gonna have some sort of band or something.

FALL
Phil, Johannes, Evan and Cam play together for the first time. Johannes fills in on bass with the intention of finding a "real" bassist so he can play electric keyboard to compliment Phil's piano. They play their first show together in October at a Rhode Island Food Bank event in honor of Phil's dad, Bernie. Phil's younger brother, Lou, plays guitar also (in an omen of things to come in August 2009). Band names are briefly and casually discussed with little results. No results that aren't terrible, anyway.

While slightly inebriated the next month, Phil asks Dave Middleton to be the second guitarist in band and asks Johannes to continue as the "official" bass player, abandoning the original (crappy) vision of having two keyboardists. The first rehearsals with the complete lineup occur and Shaimus is chosen as a band name for mysterious reasons.