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Happy Mondays Interview Series 2019: Shut Up

Shut Up
Photo Credit: Jeff Crespi/JeffCrespiRocks.com (provided by the band)

There’s no lyrical poetry from me that can do the band Shut Up any justice. This band just rips it up. A supergroup of sorts, Shut Up is comprised of Dan Matthews of Black Clouds, Bob Paulos of Gay Guy/Straight Guy and Jamie Conner of Sex Zombies. When they get together the music loud, fast, and in your in face. And you know what? It kills.

We caught up with the band for a quick interview as they get ready to play Happy Mondays at Wonder Bar tonight.

Shut up is: Dan Matthews (guitar/vocals), Bob Paulos (drums), Jamie Conner (bass).

Year We Formed In: 2016.

We’re Based Out of: Spring Lake Heights

You’ve Seen Us Before in Other Bands Like: The Sex Zombies, The Black Clouds, Gay Guy/Straight Guy.

Famous/Awesome Bands We’ve Shared the Stage with: Supersuckers, Pixies, The Dead Boys, Messthetics (and again at the APYC on July 21) INVSN, Punk Island. And we’ve had the pleasure of sharing the stage with some great local bands too, like: Fetal Rage, Yawn Mower, Nervous Triggers … this list could go on for quite a bit.

The members of Shut Up all are well-known musicians in the Asbury Park scene. Can you talk about how and why you guys got together to become a band?

We all agreed that, while we love our other bands, we wanted to play music that was faster and heavier than what our other bands were playing.

I saw a couple “promo” songs on your website — will you guys be putting out a full-length record, or a new EP?

Yes (finally)! We recorded it at Soundhouse Recording in Seattle, Washington with Jack Endino. It’s called … Nope! It will be out this summer digitally and tape, CD and vinyl through Capacitor Records.

What’s been your proudest accomplishment as a band?

Not killing each other.

What do you love most about being in Shut Up?

Playing live.

What’s a definitive goal you have for the band this year?
Continuing to not kill each other and focus on writing new songs.

Shut Up performs at Happy Mondays at Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, New Jersey with Qwam and Daddies. There is no cover.

Bill Bodkin
Bill Bodkinhttps://thepopbreak.com
Bill Bodkin is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Pop Break, and most importantly a husband, and father. Ol' Graybeard writes way too much about wrestling, jam bands, Asbury Park music, HBO shows, and can often be seen under his season DJ alias, DJ Father Christmas. He is the co-host of the Socially Distanced Podcast (w/Al Mannarino) which drops weekly on Apple, Google, Anchor & Spotify. He is the co-host of the monthly podcasts -- Anchored in Asbury, TV Break and Bill vs. The MCU.

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