Concerts & Clubs / John “Shellhead” + Jennifer Shagawat = Shellshag. That’s the punk rock equation behind this indie duo from Brooklyn. If you have a Pandora station for The Breeders, Pavement or Sonic Youth, you may have already heard of Shellshag. If not, here’s your chance.
Their warm and no wave-y sound has all the hallmarks of their ‘90s peer influences. See: Shellshag’s “Resilient Bastard.”
“They make a really big noise and presence for being just two people,” says Dana Paresa, co-organizer of No Suck Fest (NSF), the annual DIY punk festival hosting the band. “I think it’s infectious.”
Shellshag brings the spastic and unpredictable energy of their live performances for the first time to Hawaii, wherein Honolulu’s own DIY music scene is ready to embrace them with two thrashy gigs.
“They’re sleeping over at someone’s house,” says Paresa, and, in what might be the most punk rock precondition of all, adds, “All they requested from us were two bicycles in whatever condition so they can get around town.”
The sweaty behemoth that is NSF is still in the summer. This is just a one-off show of a sweet-ass band they’re putting on for spring. In pure DIY spirit, it’s the music that matters, and Shellshag and NSF will do whatever it takes to bring it to you. To quote a lyric from Shellshag’s “1984,” “Those kids will go the distance/teach you about resistance.”