Shadow – “Shadow” b/w “Tonight the Lights Go Out” 10″ (2013)

shadowshadowShadow was a Seattle-area band in the early 1980s.  There’s really no reason you should have ever heard of them unless you’re a mega Pearl Jam fan, and in that case you might recognize them as a band that featured a 17-year-old Mike McCready on rhythm guitar.  Well, back in 2013 Mike decided to release a pair of the band’s songs as a 10″ on his HockeyTalkter Records label, and as soon as I saw it at the label’s table at the recent KEXP record show I knew immediately what it was and snatched up a copy.  It shows “Sold Out” on the label’s website, so not sure where they dug these up.

I’ve got to say, this is some pretty solid sleaze metal.  There’s a familiar ring to it, though I’m having a hard time placing it, definitely one of those second tier but still decent metal bands who were lurking in every corner in the early 1980s. (♠)  Sure, the cover will open the band up to ridicule to the modern-day fan, but kids, it was the 1980s.  This was the look.  Go check out pictures of your parents from that decade and tell me how they looked.  If you dressed like that to school you could have been both super cool and voted “Most Likely To Get Your Ass Kicked” at the same time.  That’s the way it was if you wanted to be metal.

You can check out the B side track HERE and give it a listen for yourself.

(♠)  Like Accept.  And not “Balls to the Wall,” but some of the their more metal stuff.