SOLD OUT: Shellac – Tickets – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – October 4th, 2018

SOLD OUT: Shellac

Legendary Chicago punk/post-rock trio featuring iconic producer Steve Albini

SOLD OUT: Shellac

Thu, October 4, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$18 ADV / $20 DOS


This event is 21 and over

Mostly Standing / Limited Balcony Seats 

It's hard not to love Shellac. More likely to play Reykjavik than Detroit, and more likely to release songs on flexi-discs in Dutch comic books than provide MP3s on their website, Shellac (or Shellac of North America) will always be known for doing it their way. Being able to operate completely outside the typical machinations of music -- independent or otherwise, their press sheets typically exclaimed "no free lunch," referring to promo copies -- the trio carved out a sizable niche in the sewage-infested gutters of underground rock & roll.

Started in an informal setting between infamous engineer and guitarist Steve Albini (ex-Just Ducky, Big Black, Rapeman) and drummer Todd Trainer (ex-Rifle Sport, Brick Layer Cake) in 1992, Shellac came into full formation after Albini invited bassist Bob Weston (ex-Sorry, Volcano Suns) to move to Chicago and employed him as an engineer at his studio. A clutch of singles soon appeared in 1993 and 1994 on Touch and Go and Drag City, somewhat following in the footsteps of Albini's Big Black, if only due to his trebly, cutting guitar work and deadpan vocals. As with Big Black, Shellac provided a forum for Albini to air his thoughts on the uglier side of humanity, though lowering the perversity and upping the humor a notch. (An early claim was that all Shellac songs concerned either baseball or Canada, sometimes both in the same song.) The odd rhythms of Trainer and rumbling bass of Weston clearly removed Shellac from any of the members' previous involvements. Laying the groundwork for Shellac's following output, their sound varied little since the initial recordings. Always featuring a raw sound, the band's recordings rarely (if ever) employed overdubs. Economy and precision are always at the top of the priority list.

They are definitely one of the best sounding bands in the world. And they still manage to be as weird as all get out. Sonically, their recordings are so loud and live sounding. The players are unbelievably tight and efficient. The drums are like a machine, way up in the mix, driving the songs, so precise and perfect, but somehow still impossibly groovy. The arrangements are simple, but manage to be intense and convoluted and confusing at the same time. Albini is the absolute master of the jagged angular riff.

Stripped down minimal math rock, no one does it better.