Recently I made my first visit to San Francisco’s Thrillhouse Records, which I discovered to be totally awesome in every aspect. While I was there, I picked up some great 7”s from the bins and Thrillhouse’s most recent release, Shotwell’s Patriot. This is a release that the band, the label, and the city should be proud of. Like a more positive Onion Flavored Rings, or more subdued Tulsa, Shotwell’s music has embodied the SF scene for many a release. With those crisp but warm guitar tones and the perfect combination of optimism, skepticism, and probably some other -isms, this LP is an obvious win for fans of the bands mentioned above, long-running Bay Area zines, and DIY anything.
–Daryl Gussin (Thrillhouse)