we were a bit surprised when the club they were to play in turned out to be rather disco- than rock-style but this proved to be just an unimportant detail. i missed the support and secured my place right in front of the stage, which wasn't very hard even if there were about 350-400 people in a medium-sized room.
the three men we've been waiting for came to the stage just after Allroh finished (albini in electrical audio-trade-marked overalls), set their gear up. then came back to start shortly past 9 (this time albini as punkrocker with jeans and t-shirt).
they started with a slow-motion country song which evolved into 'a minute', one of my favourite shellac songs. the sad thing was they didn't bring their original amps with them (weston said it was too costly) but a serial marshall/ampeg combination still did sound good (remember: i've never been to shellac gig before).
18 songs which followed, came from all of their recordings. 'Rambler Song' the one i was especially waiting for came as fourth with a great dose of tapping. steve's voice was hardly heard but his guitar luckilly was. the crowd cheered mostly 'my black ass' and 'prayer to the god'. i enjoyed mostly 'copper' and 'steady as she goes'. i might try to describe the power of velocity/weight/time but i wouldn't find suitable words in my mother's tongue, let alone in english. the show was closed by 'watch song' (played by steve with one broken string). no encores as bob had announced three songs earlier.
after they came to the end, there were additional 30 minutes of album and show-poster signing, a thing i've never seen before. you may say it was sloppy to see a band like that besieged by fans but i were among them and weston, trainer and albini showed great patience. anyone who had something to say (or nothing) might then have a chat with the musicians. i hope it was also an effect of the crowd's enthusiasm and to see shellac coming to poland in a couple of years.
all in all, this was the best music show i've ever seen.
the (unofficial) setlist: a minute, squirrel song, paco, rambler, my black ass, ghosts, copper, steady as she goes, canada, killers, dog and pony show, wingwalker, the end of radio, prayer to god, crow, spoke, watch song + a cover/a new one i don't know + a couple of polish jokes.
Sun 4 May – Shellac, allroh