Overview: Out of the Michigan roots-rock rubble come Common Shiner, a recent transplant to Chicago. The group released their debut full-length, So Long..., in June of 2006, and it was not long before the disc received accolades from local press and earned radio airplay in West Michigan. August of 2007 marked the release of Common Shiner's sophomore effort, Viennas, a CD which "ventures inward, making some familiar [pop-rock] streams sound better than ever" (Recoil Magazine, Aug 2007).
Common Shiner began with college friends of Morgan Foster, a songwriter "with witticisms to spare and surprising social commentary," (Recoil). Morgan's acoustic rock dream is realized today with Andrew Huisjen on electric guitar, Vijay Bangalore on drums, and Michael James Brooks on keys. The lineup was finalized in March of 2006, and soon this group of passionate artists was collaborating full-force to craft intelligent music and a tight live sound.
The group's mission: clever songwriting and meaningful Artist Site
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