|photo by: Greg Schaal|
I began my appreciation for Shahs sometime last midsummer and about a minute-thirty into "Handreader," finding the corollaries and influences easy to conjure and practically inaccurate. Then he left town late last year
, transitioning from ubiquity to wisp of smoke and greeny small-town newcomer. The interim has been kind to Tom Helgerson, and Tom to it. The approaching months will see a steady flow of releases for Shahs' expansively barebones, cumulo-brittle sound. Label Riley Bushman (home to three of To Kill A Petty Bourgeousie's records) is scheduled to put out his first full-length, Dry Heat/Valley Low
"probably in the fall"; local cassette label Moon Glyph have plans for the second full-length; New York's widely respected and militantly DIY venue Death By Audio will be pressing a seven-inch (a song from which, "Big Room," you can hear below); and someone else will be releasing that second full-length on CD and/or/hopefully vinyl. He hopes to make it to the cities sometime this summer for a show or two, and anything you can do to encourage him in that direction will net you my appreciation -- I hear he really likes tape players.
Keep appraised:Death By Audio
The Riley Bushman Recordings
Shahs, "Big Room"
Shahs, "Pablo Picasso"