Instruction Shows America the Non-Glamorous Aspect of
By Randy J. Klodz
Though Instruction singer/guitarist Arty Shepherd has being doing what he called
“do-it-yourself touring for 15-years”--a form of touring that includes
driving a van, loading your own equipment and selling your own merchandise,
among other less than glamorous things--the New York state-based hard-rock band
plans to hit the road again in support of hard-rock icons Korn. The tour hits
Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom on Nov. 26.
Instruction--which alongside Shepherd includes Tom Capone (guitar), Joseph Grillo
(guitar, vocals), Adam Marino (bass) and Ti Kreck (drums)--played the second
stage on this summer’s Projekt Revolution tour, a popular diverse festival
tour that included main stage performances by Linkin Park, Korn, Snoop Dogg,
The Used and Less Than Jake. Although Instruction had only a short 25-minute
slot on each stop of the tour, Shepherd said that the band made ample use of
every second of that time. “It’s really about the exposure; it’s
more than just the set; it’s about your name being in the ads and you
being able to sell merchandise there,” he said.
“We would sell a lot of records; it wasn’t like we were only playing
25 minutes; it’s actually kind of cool because people don’t know
who you are and we just blasted through it doing our fastest, punkiest, hardest
rocking set could do,” Shepherd said, “and then people buy the record
and they know the songs. Then you can come back and play for 45 minutes. It’s
actually ideal. I don’t want to sit through a band that I don’t
know for 45 minutes, so why would I expect someone else to do it. We give the
best 25 minutes you’ve ever heard.”
Since Instruction spent most of the Projekt Revolution tour driving from destination,
the band didn’t have much time to hang around and meet members of many
of the main stage bands. Since this will be the band’s second run in touring
with Korn, Shepherd looks forward to finally meeting its members.
Instruction is touring behind “God Doesn’t Care,” which hit
stores in August. “God Doesn’t Care” includes the hard-rocking
tracks “Breakdown,” “Your Punk Sucks” and “Death
to the 4 Car Garage Band.” The album also includes the mellow and exotic
sounding “Feed the Culture,” which features the drum work of Stephen
Perkins of Jane’s Addiction fame, a strings section and a sitar, among
Aragon Ballroom is at 1106 W. Lawrence Ave. Tickets for this all-ages show are
listed for each with a show start time of 7 p.m. Breaking Benjamin and Skindred
are also scheduled to perform. Shepherd recommended that those planning to attend
should arrive early, as Instruction plans to take the stage right at 7 p.m.
For more information on Instruction log on to www.instructionrocks.com.
||Photo: Olaf Heine