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San Francisco, United States (1994 – present)

A San Francisco based political punk band originally known on their first 7” 1995 single release as Shotwell Coho, they later shortened the name to just Shotwell. The band has released numerous tracks via CD & vinyl through various small indie labels, the most widely distributed being Broken Rekids. The main consistent member has been frontman Jimmy Broustis, an ex-member of both Strawman and X-tal, for whom he also served as guitarist and occasional singer on those band’s early 90’s records.

In 2008 the band released it’s latest full length vinyl LP & CD “Patriot” on Thrillhouse Records, compiled from several recordings done over a 3 year period in Emeryville CA.

The earliest incarnation of the Shotwell was notable for featuring drummer & zine editor/writer Aaron Cometbus, who at the time, lived in the band’s rehearsal space, and has played in numerous bands ranging from Crimpshrine and Pinhead Gunpowder to more obscure one off acts. The first Shotwell Coho show took place in December 1994, opening for Sublime at Komotion, a collectively run warehouse studio performance center in San Francisco’s Mission District.

In 1997 the band put together “Celery, Beef & Iron”, a CD/10” vinyl release on Broken Rekids which was compiled from 2 studio recordings, one done with drummer Steve Moriarty ( ex-Gits), as well as tracks done in Madison Wisconsin with drummer Pete Simonelli (now singer of the Enablers). Also playing on both sessions of that release were bassist Greg Snyder (ex-Bedlam Rovers) and Tony Rojas (ex-FLOPhOUSE). For the past several years Bennett Green has played drums, including on the Patriot album.

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