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There is no Chuck here. No, he’s not the lead singer. No he’s not the inspiration for the music. He was the high school janitor... the janitor who droned on and on about his lifelong dream involving a ’Picture Show”. They never knew what the hell he was talking about. After all, they were just teenagers who wanted to get through high school and move on. But fast-forward 4 years later…those three friends had a dream of their own. A dynamic 3-piece rock act with a growing fan base, and no name… The Chuck Shaffer Picture Show was the logical choice. Affectionately dubbed CSPS, the band’s members Ryan Johnson (Vocals/Guitar), David Stiefel (Bass), and Patrick Kenney (Drums) began winning over fans, up and down the East Coast with their energetic live show, filled with radio ready rock.
Having shared the stage with a growing list of national acts including Papa Roach, Seether, Saving Abel, Sick Puppies, 10 Years, Red, Crossfade, People In Planes, Civil Twilight, Smile Empty Soul, The Dangerous Summer, CKY, The Dirty Heads, Hawthorne Heights, Conditions, Parmalee and Boombox. CSPS has not only grabbed the attention of fans, but industry pros as well. The band has also enjoyed featured airplay on Richmond’s 102.1, DC101, 98.5 in Harrisonburg, VA and played various premium radio events such as 102.1’s legendary Chili Cook-Off.
The Chuck Shaffer Picture Show released their debut full-length album “For Your Eyes Only”, recorded and produced by Justin Thomas (Dark New Day, Faktion, Alter Bridge) and mastered by Nathan James at The Vault Mastering (Staind, The Fray) in January 2009. In 2011, the band hit the studio with Thomas once again, this time accompanied by co-producer Brett Hestla (Dark New Day, Tantric, Framing Hanley). The band churned out 6 of their strong tracks and titled the album “Protect Your Silence”. In fact, the title track features Hestla’s unmistakable vocals.
As life would have it, times change, people fall in love and get married and go to dental school. Such was the case with drummer Patrick Kenney. The guys said goodbye to Kenney in Summer 2012 just as they won the prestigious ‘Rockstar UPROAR Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands’ and were given a coveted slot on Rockstar UPROAR 2013. They welcomed drummer Adam Gilbert to their stage as they headed out on the Rockstar UPROAR tour with Alice In Chains, Jane’s Addiction, Coheed & Cambria and Circa Survive in August 2013.
That tour would be one of many firsts….not the least of which was their first appearance on the Billboard Charts. The band charted twice on Billboard’s Heatseekers Album Charts with their new EP ‘Temporary Fix’.
“Whoever Chuck Shaffer is he'd be proud that CSPS has produced a near radio-ready mix of modern rock” - Gregory Robson, AbsolutePunk.net
“Catchy, melodic hooks and a super fun live band!” -Casey Krukowski, WRXL 102.1 The X
“CSPS is a breath of musical fresh air. With a whale sized hooks and neck wrenching riffs you’ll have more than you need to fall head first into this band’s fanbase. Take a listen and see what all the fuss is about. I’m sure that if the bone tight rhythm section doesn’t lock you in, the finely spun lyric and melody will surely ensnare even the pickiest of musical palette.” – Brett Hestla (Creed/Dark New Day), Producer
“CSPS is one of the best bands to come out of this decade! Genuine awesome rock! Incredible LIVE show! Some infectious riffs... Looking forward to some new songs to get stuck in my head and the only way to make the voices in my head happy is some CSPS! “ - Todd McNamara, WACL 98ROCK
“I am truly very happy that I got the opportunity to work with CSPS. Their last CD was a really good collection of tunes and a lot of fun to produce, and this upcoming release promises to be no different! - more CSPS face-melting rock coming your way! Buckle up!” - Justin Thomas, Producer