Friday, May 08, 2009

Every Shirt XL: Withered

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shirt: Withered
size: XL (US)
vintage: 2008
provenance: band

I had to go back and check; this rather basic shirt comes from the third time I saw this band, in this case opening for Watain at the Middle East. Somehow, this doesn't stick out as much as the other one (forthcoming), which is extremely red and tends to get itself noticed.

The middle-of-the-road aspects of this shirt, in some ways, match that of their last record, though they continue to bring it live. One suspects that, straddling genres as they do, Withered, like God Forbid, is a bulletin board band: that people talk shit about them because they don't fit a particular set of expectations, but they soak it in, and continue to produce excellent music that continues to defy easy classification.

And yes, I did just defend God Forbid. There is a shirt coming up next week, I think, that will make this point clearer.

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