INTERVIEW: Josh Landau – The Shrine


INTERVIEW: Josh Landau – The Shrine

What DO The Shrine sound like? What's great about old Marshalls? We talked to Josh Landau of The Shrine to find out.

You’ve been pretty vocal about your love of Marshall amps in the past, what is it about them that makes them so special?

All of my favorite music is connected to Marshall Amps. I really love the old checkerboard cabinets. Them and old Super Leads transport me somewhere else. I get excited about playing guitar and I come up with riffs and music that I never would on a different set up. With a full stack behind me on stage I feel like I have an army with us.

Tell us a little bit about the rig you’re using at the minute and why it works for you.

It’s my 1971 Superlead and I’ve had it for about 7 years now. I got it for dirt cheap in Compton but then I had to replace a ton of parts. It can survive anything. it’s fallen off the top of my full stack at crazy shows and kept working. My cabinets are all old and thrashed and I love them. I’ve dragged them all over the world. I really want one of the Bluesbreakers though, to play when I’m sitting on the toilet of course.

How would you describe the sound of The Shrine to someone who has never heard you before?

A young punk version of Black Sabbath and Motorhead. I’m a skateboarder who grew up in Venice listening to hardcore punk like SST Records stuff, and eventually I followed them backwards and learned about what they were into. They led me to The Stooges, Mahavishnu Orchestra, The Doors, Hendrix, Deep Purple, etc. I followed Hendrix back to Dylan. Inspired by all the shit that Dylan and Hendrix got for their voices, I decided to start trying to sing when we started The Shrine. It’s 8 years later and we’ve been across the world. Crowdsurfed in Russia, Japan, Australia, Brazil, and more. We just keep pushing on.

What inspired you to first pick up the guitar?

It looked like more fun than being a doctor or a cop.

2016 has been a very busy year for you guys, do you have any stand out moments?

Corey Parks took me to visit Lemmy in the studio when they were making their last album and we hung out for a few hours with just him playing us tracks and telling stories and asking what we thought. He said stuff like “Play the punk one now.” Definitely playing Download Festival in the UK and having our tent pack out crazy cause of the rain and the show was totally epic. Getting to play “Waiting for The War” with Beb the original singer of Soggy at Hellfest. Meeting Ozzy and Geezer when we played Ozzfest.

For someone who is picking up the guitar for the first time, what advice would you give them?

Just don’t quit. The best music isn’t made by nerds on YouTube who know how to play Stairway to Heaven note for note. It’s by people telling their own story. Sometimes the best licks are made by learning something wrong. Get up on stage and play don’t worry if it’s wrong, just get started and pick it up as you go. Also get an old Marshall.