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Straight out of “The Devil’s Playground” in Devils Lake ND, these four Metal masters have come to dominate the world. This band was founded by guitarist ReKo, and drummer MoDo in 2009. Shovelhead has had two iterations of itself since the forming, losing their lead guitarist in 2010 to respective differences, and singer/bassist late 2011 for personal reasons. MoDo & ReKo pressed onward however, never giving up their dream and never losing hope.
In August 2012, they ran into DeRF, who had been a longtime fan of the band and also in his own band, Old Vern. He said he had left his band for personal reasons and was looking to join Shovelhead to play bass. DeRF is a very inclined musician, ranging instruments from bass guitar to drums, you name it. Feeling good about DeRF’s vibes, the three start to re-kindle what used to be Shovelhead.
A few weeks later, LoKi had been searching for gigs for his DJ business, and ran into MoDo’s wife Alissa. She had worked at a bar called “Champions” and explained that MoDo actually loved singing Karaoke, and that he would definitely be out to his show, which coincidentally, was in town that night.
Later, MoDo arrived with his wife, and talked to LoKi before he got up to sing. MoDo loved it, and immediately called Reko & DeRF to come check it out. They were so pleased with what they had heard they asked him on the spot if he would join their band. LoKi said, “Sure.” So ReKo gave him some lyrics and their first album and told him to, “Have this song learned by September 9th and we’ll have your audition.”
The song was a song called “Bounce” written by the previous singer of Shovelhead. ReKo and the crew wanted to hear LoKi sing one of their original tunes. LoKi came to practice that day and sang his heart out. Pleasantly surprised, they welcomed him into the Shovelhead clan.
Since they have gotten together in 2012, the band has overcame a few obstacles, including cutting their 5-song EP “The Lies We Deem The Truth”. The first track, titled “Judas” was played on Dakota DamNation on iHeart Radio! Now, feeling better than ever, Shovelhead is ready to go out and do shows again and get their name out there as the next face in Metal!