Holy Shit! Hits the Fans
The basement is lit by a single bare bulb. The singer flails wildly, his hair flying back and forth. There is a problem with the microphone and it constantly cuts out, leaving the image of a mute wild man screaming his head off. The music plays at breakneck speed, with one song instantly bleeding into the next. This type of show is the hardcore heartbeat of a local scene of several bands, many of which share members (Holy Shit! members can also be found in the bands Total Boring, Uh-Oh, Truthdealer, Dinosaur Pills, Chinese Telephones, The Kind of Jazz Music That Kills and the Andrew W.K. cover band TabMan W.K.).
I talk later with drummer Eric Apnea, guitarist Andy Junk and bass player Anthony Schwader in the Riverwest flat shared by Apnea and singer TabMan. TabMan is named for his obsessive love of Tab soda, empty cans of which are piled on a coffee table. The four formed the band in 2001.
band had just played a show the day before at a bar in
got smashed; it sucked,” Schwader says. “I had three half-pitchers of
The band has released a few 7-inch records in the past, and a self-titled 12-inch last year. That album is being re-pressed this year on vinyl and CD. The group also received recognition in the March cover story for seminal punk zine Maximumrocknroll.
month after the interview, Holy Shit! had just wrapped up an 11-day tour that
Junk says it was a strange match up, and the two groups drew different crowds. “Some people just sat there in shock, like ‘What the fuck is this?’” Both parties agree the tour was a good time, though.
Shit! are the sickest thrashers in the game, no doubt. Touring with them was a
blast,” Juiceboxxx tells me by e-mail from his tour of
of Holy Shit!’s favorite shows was in
“It was a great tour,” Junk says. “No disasters.”
Holy Shit! plays July 2 at Borg Ward with Life Trap, Citizens Patrol and Bored Straight.