Shaun Quixote

June 21, 2021

There is no accounting for Shaun Quixote. A California boy, born and bred, lived a life and a half and now appears, as if from thin air, in South Florida with music suffused with joy, fun, sass, and protest.

The LP in the works is nearly complete, with 8 of ten tracks soon to be released on vinyl, befitting Shaun Quixote's retro style. HIs early release of the single So Naïve was prompted by the exigencies of the Black Lives Matter movement and is available on Spotify and other streaming platforms. The remaining tracks on the LP span a huge range of styles and tempos within the genre, ranging from the funky "Flipside" to the ballad "Give the World".

"I can't be the only one..." says Shaun, cryptically. "There must be others out there who have that longing for the ringing, jangling sound of raw electric guitar in their music." Indeed, an entire generation had their DNA laced with the sounds of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, and their successors who put guitar up front. These are the artists to which Shaun Quixote aspires. His sound on "Ammunition", the current release, hints at a holy alliance between Greenday, The Cars, and Tom Petty.

He combs the soil tilled and turned over by these greats, and finds there the uncut stones from which gems are made.

Quixote knows that he is an anachronism, a throwback, and embraces it. And it is the endearing quality of his seeming innocence, and yes, naïveté, that makes it plain how he came to choose his namesake. A touch of delusion, a longing for an earlier time of moral clarity, an abiding yen for a world of chivalry...he finds in the Knight of the Ill-Favored Face, Don Quixote, a kindred spirit, fictional though he may be.

Quixote has lived in South Florida now for the better part of the last 20 years, but still considers himself very much a child of Los Angeles, especially where music is concerned. He has been a journeyman rocker in bands starting at the end of his days at UC Berkeley, where he studied engineering, through his graduate and post-graduate days that saw him performing in front of large crowds from Chicago to the Roxy on the Sunset Strip.

His music gave way to his professional career as far as performing went, but not with regard to songwriting, which continued unabated up to the present. "I have enough great rock material for 3 or 4 LP's", Quixote says. "My songwriting, as one would expect, has gotten more sophisticated as time has passed, and I am going about recording in the order I wrote the songs." Hence this first collection of tunes, of which "Ammunition" is a prime example, represent the raw, youthful output from years gone by. But one listen will reveal that the music has a timeless rock quality to it.

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"Ammunition" is a featured song on Indieartst Radio