5 hours ago
Monday, July 14
My Black Ass
Over at Thrill Pier, a mention of Steve Albini's Shellac got me thinking about their performance in the Temple Bar Music Centre back in the 90s I think...maybe it was 2000 or so. Anyway it involved the type of journey that people from Dublin just don't understand: a bus up from Galway for a bunch of cider-drinking teens and booking into a (shitty) hotel for the night. That's what we had to do, jackeens. Many a journey was made from the shticks up to Dublin gigs. It's a pain in the hole and something I absolutely don't miss. Living in Dublin, you are spoiled for gigs most of the time.
Shellac were plugging an upcoming new album (Terraform) but they played a shitload from At Action Park, one of my favourite albums of all time. It's an album best described as 'walking hard' music; propulsive, driving, rhythm-pounding, hard-jamming tunes.
It's also an album I used to put on on my headphones and stomp to UCG (now NUIG, kids) to. The drumming is just stomach-tightening. And the live show was heavy as a wet bag of shit with Todd the drummer in centre-stage, flanked by Albini and the bassist, smashing out the time with reversed drumsticks and cracking a pair of said sticks every other song. I was right at the front, going bananas and we managed to chat to them afterwards as they sat at the edge of the stage entertaining a young, enthusiastic crowd. I even got a poster signed (can't find it now..) It's a gig I won't forget and you can be guaranteed I'll be there to see them this October. Here's one of Shellac's best tracks and it should really have the effect of making you want to stomp-dance your way around the room playing violent air guitar - if not, then maybe Shellac aren't for you..