Monday, May 04, 2009

Every Shirt XXXVI: Swashbuckle - Back To The Noose

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shirt: Swashbuckle - Back To The Noose
size: XL (US)
vintage: 2009
provenance: band

Acquired on their first US Paganfest (on this shirt, scribbled out in favor of PIRATEfest) stop, this fairly blinged-out shirt stands in sharp contrast to the white-ink minimalism of the one that I (and seemingly every third metal dude in New England) got a couple years back when they were playing clubs with less total square footage than the stage at the Palladium. It works, though; if piracy's about anything, it's about stealing tons of gold and then blowing it all on ale and whores.

There are a few people with their noses out of joint that this wasn't, top to bottom, as deep and intelligent and spiritual a show as might have been foretokened by the presence of Moonsorrow and Primordial. These people need to face the brutal reality that fun = moshing = ticket sales, and thus promoters are going to do what they need to to make bills commercially viable -- and seriously, it's not like the other bands, or what anyone in the crowd was doing during them, materially affected said heathens, or what anyone with a functioning cerebral cortex took away from them.

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