Some of you know me, know that I’m a fan of Steve Albini and the various projects he’s been involved with. I’ve also been a huge fan of some of the albums he helped engineer and record. In October, Albini’s band Shellac is scheduled to play in my town, and I’m SO excited for this show. The last time I saw Shellac was 1996 and it was a fantastic set. So lately, I’ve been dialing in some Shellac on the stereo and keeping a third eye on anything Shellac related on the interweb.
I remember seeing Shellac in 1996 with a friend of mine that had never heard of the band. I figured it would be a good education. Throw him right into the world of Shellac. You either hate it or love it, but at least you experienced it. Turned he loved it. But he kept on asking me – “did you see the drummer?”. Back then, Shellac was all about symmetry. Same guitars (Travis Beans), same amps, same cabs and they lined up in a single line. Todd, the drummer, had edge of his kick drum practically hanging off the stage. It was cool. But, if you’re familiar with Todd Trainer, you know he is an intense and focused drummer. My friend, kept on saying he was frightened by this drummer. His intensity. He looked psycho behind the kit. But for me, I loved every expression and snare hit. If you have the opportunity to check them out, you definitely have to check out this band live.
So while checking out the specific events page for the show I’ll be seeing someone posted an interesting video featuring Shellac and Todd Trainer. It was about his Excellent Italian Greyhound and was on Animal Planet. I never realized Shellac‘s 2007 album release “Excellent Italian Greyhound” was named after Todd’s dog and the dog on the cover of said album is his dog Uffizi.
Here is the video posted by andshewilldarken