with ADAM WADE of

Shudder @Black Cat

“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is another drummer who gets wicked and was a major constituent part of one of my favourite and most distinctive albums of the 90s – “Pony Express Record” by Shudder To Think.

He’d played with hardcore greats Jawbox, but it was with Shudder To Think that he was inspired by Craig Wedren’s deconstruction of the guitar riff to take his drumming to experimental but pleasingly bombastic heights as the perfect lurching counter point to an impossible to categorise epic record that wasn’t just out of its time, but it was out of its time signature and dimension…welcome to these pages the aces Mr. Adam Wade

I was so glad to find Adam, as in my mind there’s no drummer quite like him, plus he was very complementary about the fanzine (in its post internet blog expansion) which was nice. Here’s a clip I found on YT of Adam and Nathan Larson of Shudder To Think rehearsing in the studio prior to a take of “Sweet Year Old”, with Craig’s voice OOV. I love one of the comments on this which says “it goes from silence to beautiful in 1 second”, which is so apt. How they even thought of these off-kilter dynamics, me as a music fan who doesn’t have a musical brain, I can’t even fathom!

Post Shudder, Adam also played in Sweet 75, Krist Novoselic’s post-Nirvana band, but I wondered what he was up to lately…

“Here’s a link to High Cameras, my band I have these days with David Kleiler from Volcano Suns. Who by the way would be great for your blog by the way.


I’ve also been working with this great song writer Michael Orendy, aka Frankel. The new EP should be available any day now.”



When I asked Adam if he was up for a choosing a song he replied “mad for it”, and he didn’t disappoint, so without further ado, it’s over to Adam with his “song for ewe”…

““Death Wish” by The Fans.

The Fans were a band out of the early punk scene in Atlanta, GA. I’ve had this 7″ in my collection for sometime but didn’t really focus on the b-side until more recently. While the A-side, “True” is a rousing, melodic track with big guitars, “Death Wish” is the real gem. A noisy, driving and brooding song undulating with passion and angst. Gets me every time.”