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.
New Orleans' U.S. Nero describes themselves as "post-apocalyptic surf for the inner misanthrope. " Musician Michael Kunz has grown U.S. Nero from a solo project with straightforward punk rock leanings in 2007 into a three-piece band that incorporates elements of jazz, surf rock, garage rock, and general weirdo fringe elements. U.S. Nero's experimentation can be seen front and center (along with plenty of noisey thrashing) on their latest album, 2015's Free Thinker. For their Shards Session with us, the band chose five songs, all from this new album.