Shane Parish devotes much of his time to developing his singular and expressive voice on the guitar. He is a self-taught musician who communicates through emotion, unexpected melodicism, technical whimsy, a nuanced sense of form, and rich timbral variety, simultaneously drawing from the guitar’s history and aiming for its future.
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Parish is also known for his uniquely beautiful finger-style acoustic guitar work. Avant Music News described Parish as “one of the most consistently innovative finger-picking acoustic guitarists in a generation.” His 2016 breakthrough solo acoustic album, Undertaker Please Drive Slow, was released on Tzadik records.
“Parish’s deeply personalized spin on roots music transcends any semblances of playing it safe. More importantly, he establishes a musical conduit that pays homage to tradition while unlocking new passageways, enacted with the utmost sincerity.” –All About Jazz
Parish fronts the electric prog-punk band Ahleuchatistas, described as “…knotty, instrumental rock that blends punk, prog, jazz, non-Western music and improv into something exhilarating and even awe-inspiring [Wire Magazine]”, “possessed of many moments of beauty and mayhem [Pitchfork]”, “the kind of musical tug-of-war that sounds as jagged as it is graceful [NPR]”, and “music of upfront physicality and twitchy intent [New York Times]”. Their 2004 album, The Same and the Other, (re-issued in 2008 on Tzadik Records) was described by notable composer John Zorn as “one of the most intense documents of compositional rock complexity ever recorded,” and “a cult rock masterpiece.” Ahleuchatistas has toured internationally and released eight albums on labels such as Tzadik, International Anthem and Cuneiform Records.
Parish resides in Athens, Georgia.