There are several interesting things about Shellac which might sway folks out to one of their double whammy nights at the Great American, tomorrow and Thursday (8pm, $16), with Arcwelder.
1. You think Hard Rock is cool: Todd Trainer will drum you to dance, while Steve Albini pierces your eardrums only long enough for Bob Westonâ€™s bass to give you heart palpitations.
2. Rare Roadshow: The band tours when it wants. There hasnâ€™t been a new record in two years, but thatâ€™s not necessary to get the noise-rock trio to leave the Midwest.
3. Recording Engineer Heroes: Albini and Weston have been adjusting mics and levels for years: In Utero, PJ Harveyâ€™s Rid of Me and, the Pixiesâ€™ Surfer Rosa.
4. Accessible to Fans: Albini was once asked by a crowd member â€œwhy do you suck so much?â€ and he quickly assured him that it was because â€œyour mom was busy.â€
More information about the show is available from the venue; both nights Arcwelder will be supporting.