Q&A with Shuvel

By: Brent X Mendoza

TONIGHT: Accomplished prog-metal quartet Shuvel will take the stage as another Free Monday’s showcase hits The Roxy. Veterans of such festivals as Ozzfest and Methods of Mayhem, the band has had the chance to share the stage with many of metal’s contemporary mainstays.

Before heading out to headbang till it hurts, get to know “the stringed section” of Shuvel: guitarist Ryan “Jahrox” Stuber, and bassist Carlos Sandoval, who also happen to moonlight as staff here at The Roxy Theatre.

Where does the name Shuvel come from? When was the last time you actually used a “shuvel?” Digging, planting a garden?

Stuber: Because Metallica was already taken..? No, actually when we were first brainstorming band names, it was the one name we all agreed wasn’t too horrible to stick with until we found a better one! And now here we are.

As far as gardening, we do grow our own herbs and spices. Quite handy with a “shovel” actually.

The band seems to have adopted/co-opted the Cadillac emblem as their logo. Is there a story behind this, or just thought it looked cool?

Stuber: We would like to think that we are all reincarnated pimps from the 60’s and 70’s who love dem Cadillacs!

Our singer Isaac does all of our artwork for our albums and t-shirts. His art style is representative of the band’s collective vibe/vision, which we plan to take further and start incorporating into our live shows. We really feel that our music definitely ties in with his work, and eventually want to start experimenting with some live visuals, via projector or slideshow, while we are performing

The band originally hails from Wichita, Kansas. Is there a music scene there? When you weren’t playing music, what did you do for fun?

Stuber: There is definitely a scene there with a lot of great musicians. And even though we’ve been in L.A. for at least ten years, it’s still “going on” back at home.

When we weren’t playing music we did a lot of random things to make money: canned food drives, cleaned church gutters, and helped old ladies cross the street.

When a band you didn’t like asks you what you thought of their performance, do you have a “canned response?”

Stuber: I tell the band I have to jump into a meeting and I gotta go!

Seriously, I see so much music that it’s hard to keep up with the bad ones. I definitely see a lot of good bands, so that is always refreshing to know there is a future. And ya know, it’s important to stay inspired and enthusiastic about music, which is sometimes hard to do in an industry that doesn’t know where it’s headed next.

Carlos, what’s the craziest and/or strangest incident you’ve ever witnessed at The Roxy?

Sandoval: Most recently we had a drunken patron who WANTED our security to throw him out by kicking him down the stairs of On The Rox. When our staff did not honor his request, he grabbed his own shirt, and threw himself down the stairs: full front flip/tumble all the way down. He then stood up hugged our security guy and went on his way.


Shuvel plays tonight, June 20 along with Gemini Syndrome, Butcher Babies, Evolove, and Interim Divine. Doors open at 7 p.m. FREE FREE FREE

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