I started this about fourteen days after the gig and I’m not sure as to why I didn’t finish it then.
It’s been sitting around but now I’m finishing this review so it’s no longer sitting here waiting. I believe that I remember the performance pretty well, but considering the length I probably don’t remember it as well as I think.
The first band of the night was The Crooked Fiddle Band.
I saw them once before and didn’t think much of them.
They have improved a fair bit since then.
Their sound is much tighter and more powerful.
Personally, I don’t feel that they are a good band yet, but I do think they will get there if they keep on going.
Still, I recommend seeing them.
Shellac were in fine form.
They played songs throughout their whole career.
A number of songs from Dude Incredible were included and fit well with the flow of the set.
Their sound was clear and strong and their presence was wholeheartedly felt.
During the story section of “Wingwalker” someone said something that interrupted the show. Steve Albini addressed the person politely and respectfully, inviting the person to discuss the implications of the comment after the show, then the story section of “Wingwalker” resumed.
A Shellac gig is one that provides an enjoyable experience. Despite any issues with support acts, Shellac always has ones that are a good fit and work well for the gig.
Shellac themselves put on a show that is nothing less than excellent. Their songs aren’t the most complex but the members perform really well together which give the songs a great deal more strength. There’s a bond between the members that, with anyone else in the band wouldn’t allow their music to work as well on anything other than a surface level.
That is to say the performance was good. Nothing came off as phoned in and Shellac treated their audience to an enthusiastic, strong set.