Formed in Lawrence, KS in 1994.

Past shows


Current Status: Reformed as The Capsules

Sound description: Ethereal melodies with dissonant guitars and female vocals.

Similar to: My Bloody Valentine, Low, Helium


Alt / Indie rock, Female vocals


Name Released Label
Album cover 3-D Stereo Trouble 1996 Zero Hour
Album cover CD Laser Lens Cleaner 1996 Zero Hour
Album cover High Flyin' Kid Stuff 1997 Zero Hour
Album cover Jumping Away From Something Exploding 1999 Nu Gruv


Now reformed as The Capsules, Shallow's accomplishments are long and impressive, including multiple national tours and shows with The Creatures, The Flaming Lips, Garbage, Low, Lotus Crown, Luna, Mercury Rev, and Spectrum. Add to that statistics like #1 most added at CMJ and Gavin; working with producers like Keith Cleversley, David Baker, and Sonic Boom; a 14 show trek through Europe; playing the entire 1996 Lollapollooza tour; and a string of influential releases and you've got something, especially for an Independent band, that wass quite special.

For Shallow, the first pieces of the puzzle started falling into place in 1988, when bass guitarist Jason Shields and guitarist Ryan Newton were both 14 and started playing together. Several years later, Jason met and married Julie, and Shallow was born when Jason and Ryan hired her as a lead singer. Shallow became a quartet when Stephen Kretsinger was hired to play drums. Playing around Kansas, Shallow started to acquire a small following. The band recorded two EPs before providing 1995's 3-D Stereo Trouble and 1997's High Flyin' Kid Stuff for Zero Hour Records. The band's final album - "Jumping Away from Something Exploding" - came out in 1999 on Devil in the Woods records.