We are The Shrike

 

The Shrike is a Portland-based hard rock band that blends crunchy riffs with dark melodies to create a hard-rocking immersive sound.

Join Darren, Jamie Lynn, The Craw, and Roya as they bring you all the sonic delights you have come to expect from The Shrike.

We completed our second release at Opal Studio and our Chase the Sun EP is now available on iTunes, Spotify, CD Baby, and other fine internet outlets.

Check our Live page for tour dates in Fall 2017!

 

Guitars & Keyboards / The Craw
Vocals & Electric Violin / Jamie Lynn Summerfield
Drums & Percussion/ Darren Linder
Bass / Roya Hellbender

 

 

Press

 

“Full of Rock n Roll flair and intense lyrics, the glorious members of The Shrike gave us a show to remember. We’d heard their music before, we expected a treat, and got the creme de la creme. Between the stellar hard rock jams, and, oh yes!.... The Vocalist playing her ELECTRIC violins, we found ourselves drooling over this bands sound. We also love the way the band interacts with the audience, as well as each other during performance, they have so much fun together while blowing our socks off. This band literally left us with chills.”
— Jaime Raymond, Scorpio's Seven Grand Entertainment Promotions
“The vocal harmonies—on “I AM” in particular—are utterly enchanting, only adding to the weight of their established sound: a sturdy amount of minor and Arabic progressions at the core, with guitar solos and violin solos that can both shred and convey a weight of emotion, each when needed for maximum effect. “The Great Silence” has an incredible groove between the bass and drums which illustrates the rock-solid base the rest of the band can rely on for all of their compositions. “Candlelight” is worth the cost of admission alone. An E.P. from an underground band that really shouldn’t be ignored by fans of music in general.”
— Robert Robb - Echo Eyes Entertainment
“Coinciding with their upcoming tour, Portland’s The Shrike are releasing an E.P. of new material. For fans of this band, there isn’t a track on Chase The Sun that won’t be welcomed with open arms—the band is in fine form. From the crystal-clear production, to each of the elements found in their songwriting, you really can’t go wrong. The music, is a mix of Concrete Blonde and early Pat Benatar—the latter also found in the attitude and soul of the vocals with the clarity and power of Candice Night.”
— Robert Robb - Echo Eyes Entertainment
“The Shrike’s debut album builds upon the undeniably good rhythm section. It is filled with energetic and elaborate drumming, along with bass lines that impart a Slayer and Slipknot-esque temptation. It seems quite indebted of blues-jazzy and funky rhythmic patterns. There is very good guitar work with pretty cool riffing and some effective chord progressions and soloing spread throughout the ten songs. With the additional seasoning of a thrilling electric violin , which sometimes pushes their sound to a blend of Eastern/Celtic-Irish vibe.”
— Louis Lawrenson - INDIEVOTION
“I accept the influences of Led Zeppelin and Heart, although The Shrike’s strongest influences seem to come from Rush, Kansas, Deep Purple and some Montrose. The problem is that this risks over-simplifying their sound. One is confronted with a much richer tapestry of sonic inter-twining than just the mere hard/heavy rock way of doing it. One of the most interesting things about The Shrike is the fact that they nurture their compositions and creativeness from pretty eclectic sources. I believe this allows them to properly claim that they are building a sound of their own, not just mimicking the classic hard and heavy blast.”
— Louis Lawrenson - INDIEVOTION
“The lead singer was a woman dressed up as the Milla Jovovich character from The Fifth Element movie. She had a really powerful voice, and played an electric violin to boot. The rhythm section was solid as hell, and the guitar player had all sorts of tasty riffs. This band loves them some 70’s rock. Their originals reminded me of Heart for sure, the song structures and the Ann Wilson-like singing. I think I even heard elements of Aerosmith and Judas Priest in there. It’s like they took their favorite 70’s and 80’s influences and modernized it. Their sound definitely isn’t dated or retro. At the end they played two covers I’ve never heard any band play before. They rocked Led Zeppelin’s song The Rover pretty much as well as Zeppelin did. Then they did Pat Benatar’s song Hell is For Children. I forgot how much I loved this song. They blew me away by having the singer play the guitar solo on her electric violin. All of them were having a great time on stage.”
— Shelby Callahan - Livejournal
“Heard you for the first time last night at Tonic. Was sitting out on the couches listening to the music. You made me want to get up off the couch and come watch. I am old school rock, and your band reminded me of Jefferson Airplane. You were amazing. Thanks for a new find.”
— Debbie Williams
 
“The self titled record for Portland rock quartet The Shrike has all of the elements of a great rock album. The very first song, “The Return,” is a thundering, teeth-gnashing ballad that feels like it should be played at a viking funeral. The band has a clear understanding of the fundamentals of rock, and the technical mastery as well. The Shrike is clearly talented, no question about that. And their debut album is absolutely worth checking out.”
— Sam Greesnspan - Savage Henry
“The band has a non-mainstream feature that is the use of electric violin, which definitely contributes a certain Celtic or gypsy feel to some of their songs. This is a pleasant combination with both the top notch guitar riffing and the killer rhythm section. After having listened to their album more than a dozen times, The Shrike are indeed far from purely being a hard rock band, and even less a metal one. They are much closer to what some of the 70’s hard rock bands were, with a certain progressive and folk rock experimentation. Uriah Heep is good and underrated example of that.”
— Louis Lawrenson - INDIEVOTION

“Strutting, macho rock textures with assured female lead vocals...it’s the music that matters, and for those who Just Wanna Rock, The Shrike might just be the ticket. There are enough solo bits to satisfy the air-guitar-wielding listener, and the snaky riffs will stick in your head long after the disc finishes its spin.”
— Bill Kopp - Musoscribe

“The most eccentric song on this album is “Nomad” which has the sound of wind, helicopters and shooting through the sky. The only vocals on this one are a few spoken words from Linder that are deep and haunting. This would make a wonderful movie sound track or backing track for a trailer. The Shrike is a unique band and has a sound all of its own.”
— Tracy Salsbery - Northwest Music Scene
“Jamie Lynn’s fierce hand on the electric violin is amazing. She feverishly plays it hot and heavy in the song “Shark” and then beautiful and sweet in the song “Beneath The City”. Their songs are very descriptive, sparking vivid imagery in the mind. Songs such as “The Return” “Scar Tissue” and “Blue Nails” are deep and dark, as well as “Creeper” which, she hopefully creeps around on the stage floor while singing it live. It would be very fitting. This album is full of great songs that give plenty of time to the music, as well as the vocals, letting us hear what each musician contributes. Jamie Lynn has a beautiful voice, occasionally sounding like the Wilson sisters from the legendary Seattle band Heart - especially on “Spun”, which is the tune that will definitely bring the most comparisons to Heart.”
— Tracy Salsbery - Northwest Music Scene

The Shrike Live

 

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On October 19 2016, The Shrike released an EP of new material, showcasing the band's increasing focus on songcraft and production.

Chase the Sun (EP)

The Shrike released its first CD in April of 2015. The 10-song debut was followed by a west coast tour in 2015. 

The Shrike