Five Questions With… Shine

Band: Shine
Country of Origin: Poland

I first learned of Shine from Bryan when he pitched his Heavy Rotation feature on the stoner doom scene in Poland. In his article Bryan said of the band’s March 2018 release, “I found the more traditional doom of Shine’s 2018 LP Moon Wedding. Fusing riffs that suggest Saint Vitus and The Obsessed, the band’s occult stoner-rock hits all the sweet spots for genre purists.” Needless to say I’ve listened to that record a healthy number of times after publishing that article.

Marcel Łękawa, the Shine’s drummer, provided answers to the five questions on behalf of the band.

Five Questions

1. What is your desert island disc (the one album you couldn’t live without?)

It’s impossible to choose only one album like this. There are so many important albums for us, everyone would type different, so we believe that the best choice is to don’t take any disc on desert island and just enjoy the silence.

2. How did the band members meet (or, for a solo musician, how did you get started)?

Me and Damian have played in band named Moanaa for some time and we have been rehearsing right next to the Kamil’s past band named Unipolar Manic Depressive Psychosis. Someday Damian and Kamil decided to start to play some music influenced by bands like Sleep, Electric Wizard or Ufomammut, which were their great inspiration that time. And still they are! I’ve joined them few months later and right after that we have recorded “Weednight” EP.

3. What is the underground music scene like in your home country?

There isn’t big music scene in our area. There are many bands here, but only few are worth mentioning, like Psychotropic Transcendental, Moanaa, C-4 or Radiovidmo. There isn’t also any main music genre played in our region, so you can find here both extreme metal bands and with more experimental attitude.

4. What are some of your biggest influences outside of music?

Music is of course on the first place, but we’re also influenced by things like movies, mountain hiking or travelling.

5. Tell us about your favorite show you ever played.

It’s hard to choose only one show. Everyone had it’s own atmosphere, but personally I’d choose our last show in Cracow. It wasn’t too long, because of poor organization, but overcrowded venue had a great atmosphere. But probably every one of us would point at different show.


Ryan first discovered his love of radio at WSOE FM, where he spent all 4 years of college as a DJ, 2 as program director, and 1 as general manager. While his musical tastes are fairly broad, he has a big nerdy spot in his heart for prog rock.