Sunday, June 14, 2009

Every Shirt LXXVII: Suffocation

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shirt: Suffocation
size: XL (US)
vintage: 2007
provenance: band

This is a tour shirt, the graphic not tied to any particular album; I picked it up at about the one major show I went to during the brief time I was between jobs at the end of '07, their stop with Skinless and Immolation that turned out to be the last gig that I saw at Mark's Showplace. I can't say that I'm sad to see the venue go; this was a great show to close out, personally, with, and I don't miss the two-hour drive, the traffic jams at the New Hampshire Neckdown, the inflated beer prices, the occasional cuts of headliner sets to make way for P2P openers, and the other assorted drama much at all. Mark's provided a vital showcase function for new bands, but for every Ruin (ME), Lord Bacon, or Severed Survival that I wouldn't've seen otherwise, there was a set from any number of less memorable bands that I could have done just as well without.

To write up Friday's Autumn Above show or not? On the con side, the opener was an AIC cover band and AA fits no canonical definition of metal exactly. On the pro side, Mongrel and Scarecrow Hill are going to be playing this same bar (yes, at the same time) in like a week or so, and if I go write up that show for the lulz (and because it's 2 blocks from my apartment), I kind of have to write up the good bands playing good shows there as well. Whatever, it's not getting done in advance of Bone Awl tomorrow night.

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