As Shine, the trio that would soon become Spirit Caravan released a demo tape (want) and a self-titled 7″. The three-piece of guitarist/vocalist Scott “Wino” Weinrich, bassist Dave Sherman and drummer Gary Isom came together in 1995 in the wake of Wino‘s splitting up The Obsessed following the issue of their final studio album, The Church Within, in ’94. Shine was immediately a different kind of band, and throughout the next decade-plus in Spirit Caravan and The Hidden Hand and on into his contributions to Shrinebuilder and Premonition 13, Wino would continue to establish and refine his particular form of heavy, influencing others even as “his sound” seemed always to be changing.
The song “No Hope Goat Farm” — captured live in the video below on April 12, 1997 in Washington D.C. — didn’t appear on either of Shine‘s releases, but would show up as the closer of 1999′s Spirit Caravan debut, Jug Fulla Sun, an album that stands as one of the best heavy records ever made and the touchstone for Wino‘s work post-The Obsessed and Saint Vitus. It’s kind of a rough video, in terms of quality, but one has to remember that HD cameras in cellphones were still a ways off 16 years ago. I’m just happy someone was there to tape the show at all, and when it comes to stuff like this, I consider audio and video fidelity to be a marker of the era. Hopefully you agree.
Looking ahead into 2013, I don’t know what the year will bring for Wino releases. Saint Vitus are touring Europe in the Spring with Mos Generator (awesome) and The Obsessed have been confirmed for Maryland Deathfest in May alongside Pentagram and Pagan Altar and Wino was jamming just this past tour on stage with dudes from Saviours and Nick Oliveri, so whatever comes, there’s plenty in the works for 2013′s Wino Wednesdays and beyond.
Till then, hope you enjoy “No Hope Goat Farm” and have a great Wino Wednesday:
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