Wino Wednesday: Spirit Caravan Honors Jason McCash in Tennessee

The Spirit Caravan reunion US tour is over as of last night, but I expect we’ll be seeing videos still coming out from it for a while. One of the best I’ve seen, or at least the most heartening, is this one from Tennessee. Playing The Hideaway in Johnson City just last week, Spirit Caravan bassist/vocalist Dave Sherman took the time to shout out fallen The Gates of Slumber bass player Jason McCash and say a few words about him and the underground doom community as a whole — subjects about which he knows no small amount, to be sure. Though Spirit Caravan won’t have had the chance, Sherman‘s own outfit, Earthride shared gigs and festival bills numerous times with the Indianapolis trad doomers, and The Gates of Slumber were always embraced by Maryland’s passionate scene — a haven of believers if ever there was one.

That remains the case, actually, since Baltimore’s The Sidebar will host a benefit for McCash‘s family on July 12 with Earthride headlining and Pale Divine, Argus and Beelzefuzz on the bill. It’s one of several tributes to McCash set for the coming months with the money going to his widow and children. More info on that here.

Spirit Caravan head to Desertfest next week and continue their reunion in London and Berlin. After that, it’s something of a mystery. Saint Vitus are set to begin their 35th anniversary tour on May 8 (dates here) and that will run through most of the rest of the month, and beyond that, I’d presume either Europe or recording with one band or another. The Obsessed are still ostensibly “active” too, though at this point that’s the reunion that has resulted in the fewest shows, sticking mostly to festivals in the US and abroad.

Whatever comes, I’ll do my best to keep up with it, and in the meantime, enjoy Sherman, Wino and drummer Henry Vasquez as they honor Jason McCash with “Fang,” which comes off their 1999 debut, Jug Fulla Sun. Have a great Wino Wednesday:

Spirit Caravan, “Fang” Live in Tennessee, April 6, 2014

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9 Responses to “Wino Wednesday: Spirit Caravan Honors Jason McCash in Tennessee”

  1. Cosmic Nod says:

    That’s awesome, I was fortunate to see the Gates twice. I was upset to hear when they broke up but this was just shocking. He will definitely be remembered.

    Also, I don’t mean to detract from the post but this show was in Johnson City, Tennessee. Not South Carolina. I would have been highly upset if I missed a Spirit Caravan show here in SCar. I did a double take when I saw it haha.

  2. TVsRoss says:

    I gotta say, I was very psyched to see The Obsessed get back together, but after seeing both the reformed Obsessed and Spirit Caravan (and my own general preference/bias) I’d be more interested in an active Spirit Caravan than The Obsessed. They killed it last night. Up there with Yob show and the suitably amazing “Saint Vitus at Saint Vitus” show for best shows I’ve seen at Vitus (or, by the magick of the transitive property, anywhere), for sure.

  3. Evilfanny says:

    Thanks so much H.P.!

  4. goAt says:

    I was at the RI show on Mon, and HOLY SHIT…

  5. Recluse says:

    I took in the Springfield VA show on the 13th and Sherman launched into a tribute to McCash before performing “Fang” there as well. All in all, a great show. I certainly hope Spirit Caravan keeps the reunion going.

  6. Dragon says:

    I was at this Spirit Caravan show and it’s actually a buddy of mine Victor
    (The) Looney who filmed this live version of “Fang”..Enjoy!

  7. Victor says:

    Horns up Brother Dragon and I appreciate the Nod Taskmaster its an Honor to have mention here and to share The Metal Thank you Hails!!!! \\mxm//

  8. Victor says:

    R.I.P. Jason McCash Slumber on Brother \\m//

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