The crazed experimental rock of San Francisco's Total Shutdown first saw the light of day at a gig on February 14, 2000. Vocalist Bob Linder, bassist Nate Denver, guitarist Paul Costuros, drummer Pete Nguyen, and saxophonist Matt Hartman all play a variety of instruments besides their main ones and, individually, have been involved in everything from performance art to death metal. There first release came as a split 7" with Boxleitner on Thin the Herd Records and it earned a spot on Byron Coley's Top Ten singles of 2001 in the Village Voice. Compilation appearances and limited-edition CD-Rs followed before the one-sided 12" "Reflections" came out on blood-red vinyl and with silk-screened covers in 2002. Also that year saw the release of a 6 song 7" on the death grind label Life is Abuse. It was enough to draw the attention of the usually electronic-leaning label Tigerbeat6 and heavy noise label Load Records who co-issued the band's debut album in 2003 simple called The Album. In 2006 Thurston Moore and Byron Coley's Ecstatic Yod label released a live album with hand stenciled assembled and silkscreen covers simply called Total Shutdown Live.
Total Shutdown's sound is like the Boredoms, Naked City, and Brutal Truth all in a mad race for the finish... Read More|
... line. Hard jazz, thrash, and hardcore slap you in the face from the start with only short breaks for avant noodling and naïve melodies played on tinker-toy keyboards. Vocals are either Cookie Monster-styled growls or the screams and yelps that Eye from the Boredoms spits out. It would be easy to think John Zorn is their spiritual leader, but there's more of a party atmosphere than the rather serious saxophonist has ever attempted.