Monday, January 22, 2007

Shellac - At Action Park (1994)



Shellac are the most abrasive band on the planet. In both song and lyric, they rip to the bloody core of things. Steve Albini pilots the ship with razor sharp guitars and caustic vocals while Bob Weston dumps piles of fierce bass under it, and Todd Trainer repeatedly slashes and bludgeons with urgent mathematically precise drum work. Together they drop some of the heaviest songs without ever muting the guitars into a chugging hardcore riff, or any sort of metal direction. Yet each and every piercing sound is gleaming with menacing metal qualities. It is the musicians, most notably Steve Albini's, dedication to sound engineering and vintage equipment that is mostly resposible for the biting sounds of Shellac. The outspoken Albini has openly stated his distaste for digital technology and continues to record with all analog equpiment with careful mic positioning, even stating that CD's are shit on the liner notes of the album. Despite their minimal sound they weave a dense powerful rock record, not unlike many of their Touch & Go labelemates (Jesus Lizard, Slint, Don Caballero). They have a mathy yet viscerally direct approach with many complex approaches in both rhythm and tune and a keen sense of texture and form.

The band has declared live that they will release a follow up to 2000's 1000 Hurts sometime this year. It will of course be released on Touch & Go and will be titled Excellent Italian Greyhound, after Todd Trainers dog. Bonus points if you can guess what kind of dog it is. ^_^

The Story of Shellac, minimalist rock trio

13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

omg thanks I've wanted some Shellac for a while now. keep up the good work.

10:14 PM  
Blogger Darius said...

This blog is better than a child whore from Argentina.

1:41 AM  
Blogger Ellaguru said...

thanx for the iceburn post and for your good site
see you soon

6:54 AM  
Anonymous Ken said...

Do you have anything by this Minneapolis band, Riflesport? I've been looking around the sphere and there isn't any around. I don't think it was ever reissued. For a long time I thought Touch & Go would be the best choice to issue but as the time passes, this appears fruitless. They have a similar post-punk sound.

5:37 AM  
Anonymous Ken said...

Do you have anything by this Minneapolis band, Riflesport? I've been looking around the sphere and there isn't any around. I don't think it was ever reissued. For a long time I thought Touch & Go would be the best choice to issue but as the time passes, this appears fruitless. They have a similar post-punk sound.

5:37 AM  
Anonymous desde Argentina said...

Darius: go to fuck yourself, puto, cagón, hijo de puta, maldito paederasta hijo de perra, vení que te rompo el culo, bitch! Your mother was an ass!

1:16 PM  
Blogger treebeard said...

right, some name calling allthough I have to say that the comment from Darius is extremely rude and probably says a lot about his mental capacity.
By the way Blend, I started some time ago with a new blog, could you change open your arms and welcome into suggestions? New blogadress is http://suggestedsuggestion.blogspot.com
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4:42 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

ahhh! treebeard!!! love me some good tree beard...

i have been so so busy guys...i will make a ton of posts this weekend and update all links...

much love!

2:01 PM  
Blogger DEATH TO FALSE BLOGS said...

SHELLAC is fn great , albini is very inteligent in the sound he want and search for shellac is awesome , a must check out!


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3:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GREAT BLOG!!!

Can you re-up Rodan?

THKS!

3:20 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

okay, i never got to the posts....so fucking busy!!! arghhh!!!

this blog still exists and i will still keep posting...i am looking for a new job and doing freelance on the side....i have a bunch of shit to post and i may not even bother writing much...just posting the links...

I will re-up Rodan after I do that....that album is amazing...

7:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice blog, excellent work, and thanks for the shellac!

2:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks!

11:15 PM  

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