Formerly a DIY venue in Bethlehem, Shards lives on as a recording studio, occasional practice space, and home to Tape Swap Radio's Shards Sessions. Each session features a four-song performance and interview. To capture the energy and feel of a live show, sessions are recorded live in front of a small studio audience. These sessions are then aired on our syndicated radio program. Our goal with each Shards Session is to provide a unique live snapshot of bands that call the Lehigh Valley home as well as the bands passing through on tours. The audio and video of our sessions are archived here on this page, so dig in and explore the Lehigh Valley's DIY music scene.
Tokyo minimal experimental band Transkam joined us at Shards during a tour stop in Bethlehem in October 2016. The band was on their first U.S. tour and was in town to play a show at Bethlehem bar and performance space, The Funhouse. Transkam are an entirely instrumental band. The three members craft a complex sound employing polyrhythms and guitar pedal looping. The result is a sound the band calls "junk." If you're trying to hit on a description of the band's sound that's easier to understand, you could bring up punk, krautrock, noise, and a whole lot more.