The following comment was left on the site last night, by someone who attended the Shadow.
So… I gotta say, how fucking awesome was that science teacher-looking guy, with the tall socks and white hair, playing that face-melting punk??? I need to see them play again. Shadow was a great time, y’all never disappoint.
The science teacher-looking guy is my friend Andy, who, as you might recall, once stirred up a lot of shit on this site by saying, “I detest the bands of today. They have now raw power. They just noodle and stand there.” As you saw on Saturday, despite his advanced age, he’s still not one to just stand around and noodle.
Oh, and he doesn’t teach science. He does, however, as someone pointed out in the comments section, look a lot like a certain famous time-traveling scientist from America’s past/future.
I’ve known Andy, by they way, since the early 90’s, when we used to play shows together. His band, The Monarchs, would open for my band, Prehensile Monkey-tailed Skink, and vice versa. There were many good times had, but, unfortunately, I don’t believe there’s much documentary evidence, except for a few 45s released by Bulb Records… But here Andy is, some 20 years later, still going at it with the raw power of an angry teen.
The band, by the way, is Minus9, and I have it on good authority that they’ll be playing the soon-to-be-announced 10th anniversary party for this website, along with a number of other local music luminaries. So, if you missed them at the Shadow, stay tuned.
Oh, and it’s probably worth nothing that Ian Fulcher, the man who books the entertainment for the Shadow each summer, didn’t just limit himself to grindcore this year. The lineup was incredibly diverse, extending from folk to comedy. While I wasn’t able to make it outside very often, I did get to catch a few songs by the newly re-formed Saturday Looks Good to Me. Here’s one of their numbers, for those of you who don’t so much care for songs about being attacked with acid.
And thank you again to all of the bands who came out to play on Saturday, Ian for curating the whole damn thing, and the guys who volunteered to handle the sound. Without them, the Shadow wouldn’t be the truly magical event that it is today.