Notes on Ironlung's latest project
If you’ve been a fan of New England metal and hard rock over the past decade, then the name IRONLUNG should be familiar. Since 1995, he’s been the gravel-voiced, heavily bearded frontman of SCISSORFIGHT. Ironlung (born Christopher Shurtleff) describes Scissorfight’s music as “politically driven, subversive, acid mountain rock.” They’re on hiatus, however, and Ironlung is working on a different kind of solo project, one he calls DEAD WHALE. “Scissorfight was a matter of working within a formula,” he says over the phone from Wellfleet. “Inevitably there are other things kicking around your head.” Ironlung earned a master’s in American Studies at UMass-Boston in 2006; his thesis was titled “On Acid: Exploring Representations of LSD Experimentation.” He recently had an art show in Provincetown, and as Dead Whale he’s been “working out riffs on keyboards, bass, and guitar, recording on a laptop to get the foundation.” He’s planning to go in the studio later this year and release a CD in 2008 on Tortuga/Hydrahead. . . . Singer/guitarist BEN DEILY founded the Lemonheads with Evan Dando in 1986 and stayed with them till 1990. He graduated from Harvard in 1994, won Clio Awards for copywriting, and is associate creative director for the Via Group ad agency. But Deily, who recently moved from Portland, Maine, back to Cambridge, is still rockin’ with the punk/power pop band VARSITY DRAG. The quartet toured Europe earlier this year; they’ll play T.T. the Bear’s Place November 18 and Church December 14.
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