For those of you unfamiliar, and you ought’a be fuckin ashamed, Shellac are a self described “minimalist rock trio” consisting of Todd Trainer, Bob Weston, and, most notably, Steve Albini. Albini, or course, made a name for himself in such seminal post-hardcore acts as Big Black and Rapemen, as well as by producing albums from Nirvana, Slint, and Fugazi (The last never saw daylight, but the production did in fact occur).
Over the course of their 22 year career, Shellac have released five stellar studio albums, and have promised another to be released next month. In anticipation of what is undoubtably going to be a raw, energetic bit of post-hardcore, here’s a taste of Shellac’s debut studio LP, At Action Park.
My Black Ass: Right out of the box, Shellac are crunchy and abrasive; atonal and cathartic. Weston’s thick, distorted bass drives this heavy opener with brooding intensity. …