SHYLOCKE BAND INFORMATION
This TEXAS-based quartet is striving to change the way the rest of the world thinks about
Texas. We don't ride horses to work. We don't all wear big,
goofy cowboy hats and drive gargantuan SUVs. And we especially don't
sing with some thick, hick accent. We're just a group of
modest 20-somethings with an indisputable desire to rock people's balls
off! We don't want some fancy record deal. We don't want our
own clothing line. We just want to write some songs and see if they
can't enhance at least one of your miserable lives.
A Shylocke is a ruthless moneylender, or
loan shark. The word's origin can be traced back to The
Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare. Shylock is a more
common way of spelling it, but we thought the 'e' on the end looked
cool, and the domain
open... so yeah!
We understand that the word Shylocke may
have a derogatory meaning. In American History X, Ed
Norton's character, Derek, uses the word to slander his mother's Jewish
boyfriend; However, in Get Shorty, John Travolta plays a
pretty bad ass Shylocke. This is where I (Dusty) first heard the
word, and is why I suggested it when we were going through the arduous
task of conjuring up band names. At the time I was
unaware that the word had any negative connotations, and besides... Zach's
Jewish. At least our name
doesn't start with The, and we didn't settle on
We'll start with Zach, the auspicious
drummer. Zachary Aaron Kurzweil (ZAK) is the guy you love to have
around... especially at
parties. He'll strive to make sure everyone is equally fucked up and
having a good time. Zach has been drumming for 6 years and is
considered the back-bone and official motivator of Shylocke.
Wade Ryan's name is synonymous with
musically adept. When Shylocke first formed he was on drums, then he
switched to bass/vocals when Zach joined, then when Shylocke broke up,
Wade formed his own band where he tackled guitar and lead vocals. Hopefully, this recent Shylocke reunion won't inhibit
his mad, funked-out skillz.
Travis Hagan, the guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist/sound pioneer, my brother and closest friend, is
without a doubt one of the most musically passionate souls on the face of
the earth. Yeah.
Then there's me, Dusty. Ever
since Shylocke broke up I've been exploiting my alter ego under the
moniker, Mr. Cricket. Mr. Cricket is self-proclaimed Music's Worst
Nightmare. In my spare time, I like to put together
web sites like the one you're brave enough to be currently reading.