Individually the members of Leaders of the Shift
are highly sought-after musicians who’ve recorded and toured the world with music royalty. Together John Shannon
(vocals/guitar), MJ Lambert
(drums) and Ben Geis
(bass) craft earth-shattering anthemic rock with vibrant depth and a forceful punch. The powerhouse trio’s defiant yet atmospheric sound is perfectly captured on its debut 7th Direction
where “Kobra” the first single received it’s world premiere on Loudwire.
“Dreams” the second single off of 7th Direction
was named Number 5 Song Of The Year
on Lima Peru’s top rock radio station Radio Doble Nueve
out of a list of 150 well known acts. The Huffington Post
premiered the video for the third single “Consecrate” and reported, “Together, the music and the video provide a spiritual aura that is subtle, unpredictable and claims no specific religious color. But still, it’s there, like a curious field of suppressed energy. It’s almost shamanistic.” 7th Direction
was recorded at Brooklyn’s Mission Sound and Manhattan’s JRock Studios produced by Jamie Siegel (Taking Back Sunday
, Santana). Referencing the Native American concept of directions, the album title further reflects a deeper meaning behind Leaders of the Shift
‘s approach to music. “Our music is about altering your conscious through the sheer power of rock n roll,” declares Shannon. “Our lyrics tend to question the nature of your reality.”
In the fall of 2016 Leaders of the Shift were asked by record label Reimagine Music to do a full album of original versions of songs by The Police, a band they have often been compared to as a high energy and inventive trio. Recorded at Brooklyn’s Trout and Copperfish Studios, the resulting album entitled “Leaders of the Shift Reimagine The Police” will be released on October 13, 2017 featuring original arrangements of songs such as “Roxanne”, “Bring on the Night” and “Spirits in the Material World”.
The band is currently involved in studio collaborations of new original material with Counting Crows‘ guitarist/producer David “Immy” Immergluck and legendary songwriter and co-creator of the famed Woodstock Festival of 1969, Artie Kornfeld who considers himself a “spiritual advisor” for the band.
Leaders of the Shift continue to bring their vivacious rock n roll spirit to life onstage for over 200 shows a year and counting.
“…a powerful rock trio with a singular goal in mind: be undeniably and defiantly authentic.”
“Pro musicians come together as transcendent rock trio.”
“…tense but delicious alt rock.”
“…filled with chunky riffs, a water-tight rhythm section and melody.
Hard rock, the way it should be done.”
– Pop Dose
“The anthemic and vibrant depths of destructive, face-melting power that theSHIFT boasts is not lost in their lighter vocals. Without having to strain too hard to make a statement like some younger crowds, they’re a band that has certainly put itself to the front on talent alone.”
“7th Direction opens with ‘Kobra,’ a fiery ass-kicker that veers heavily towards the likes of Dire Straits and The Police. The song swerves and kicks with reckless abandon and is fueled by a searing guitar solo from Shannon at the two-minute mark.”
– Absolute Punk
“Anthemic rockers score with their ‘7th Direction’ debut”
– Pittsburgh In Tunes
“TheSHIFT is a power trio that captures all energy and intensity of classic power trios such as Cream, Mountain and the James Gang. It also is a band with a sound that is fresh and contemporary.”
– The Unionville Times
“Leaders of The Shift Are Taking Rock & Roll In A New ‘Direction’”
“Thigh cosmic rock and roll”