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“There are a lot of ideas to what heavy is,” says Tristan Shone of one-man industrial doom-drone band Author & Punisher.

“You can be really smart about the way you're heavy or really cliché when you're heavy. It's not a one-liner.”

For Shone, that means climbing inside an elaborate geigerpunk apparatus made up of DIY “drone machines” with names such as “Throttles” (a dual pitch controller with force feedback and autopilot capabilities) and “Rotary Encoder” (a 300-pound metal disc that controls pitch based on the speed at which it is manually rotated) along with his more recently actualized “dub machines” including “Rails” (a manual rhythm controller that looks like a robotic arm) and “Headgear” (a faceplate containing 8 isolated microphones).

A surreal mash-up of man and machine, Author & Punisher becomes more of a performance piece in endurance than your run-of-the-mill guy-punches-buttons routine.

“The drone machines are digital, but analog in nature, like a hand tool or old machine shop tools. They make more droning, slow, heavy movements. The dub machines were kind of a reaction to that and were made when I was learning to use automated fabrication machines. I wanted to have more dynamics. I like some elements of dub - not the commercial, over-the-top dubstep - but I wanted more dynamic, fast-paced bass with more articulation.”

The result can be seen on his recent full-length, Ursus Americanus, released in April via Portland-based Seventh Rule Recordings.

Next month, Author & Punisher will set off on a tour across 14 cities in support of Ursus Americanus:

3/15/2013 Solar Culture – Tucson, AZ, Solar Culture w/ Not Breathing

3/16/2013 High Mayhem Studios – Santa Fe, NM w/ We Drew Lightning

w/ A Life Once Lost: The Man Machine Tour 2013:

3/17/2013 Chameleon Room – Oklahoma City, OK

3/18/2013 Fubar – St. Louis, MO

3/19/2013 Jenny Wiley Convention Center – Prestonburg, KY w/ Encrust

3/20/2013 Ultra Lounge – Chicago, IL w/ Encrust

3/21/2013 Mickey Finn’s – Toledo, OH w/ Encrust

3/22/2013 Broadway Joes – Buffalo, NY

3/23/2013 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA

3/24/2013 Acheron – Brooklyn, NY


3/25/2013 Melody Inn – Indianapolis, IN w/ CoffinWorm

3/26/2013 Bourbon Theatre – Lincoln, NE

3/27/2013 Rhinoceropolis – Denver, CO

3/28/2013 Bar Deluxe – Salt Lake City, UT

3/29/2013 5 Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA

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