Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Every Shirt CXXXIX: Viral Load

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shirt: Viral Load
size: XL (US)
vintage: 2009
provenance: band/festival

Another NEDF pickup (writeup coming probably tomorrow), this one made the cut as being the most appealing design on Shawn Whittaker's table. After Insidious Decrepancy on Saturday, I knew I was going to be getting something in addition to the normal CD range -- and patch, which will probably hit some jacket or another relatively soon -- and I ended up getting this one just before Viral's set on Sunday. The music eminently justified it, but I got a good deal as well on the EP/shirt combo even if they'd turned up average; more evidence to the fact that Shawn is a good dude and deserves your support, even when he's going it alone, as he ended up doing for Viral as well as Insidious on NEDF.

I'm now caught up and looking forward to staying on pace. There are currently 11 normal shirts and 5 longsleeves left in the pile, which probably means like three weeks left, given that Ravage is doing an eight-band CD release show this weekend, and there is probably more to come from there, and apparently Edguy is on Tuesday. There's also a Metal Thursday or two built into the schedule from here, and as long as nobody in my building steals it, a Wacken package as well. As probably mentioned before, when I run out of shirts, this will just flat stop, not to be revived, but it will run nearly all the way to the end of the month, which will be a span of just less than six months since this thing started. It'll probably be more like five months of different shirts counting the lengthy Euro hiatus in July and August, but five months of never repeating the same shirt is barely less impressive and somewhat-worrying than six.

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