Super Hella Awesome secret agent Mr. Pink was lucky enough to catch Shawn Smith opening for the Super Sonic Soul Pimps in Portland. Here are his thoughts on the show.
Northwest singer/songwriter Shawn Smith brought his unique solo act to Berbati's Pan in support of the Super Sonic Souls last Friday in Portland. The Souls' were introducing their first album in 13 years and allowed Shawn to walk them down the isle as he opened the show and later played along on the new Souls' track "The Song", which he also sings on the album. Shawn made sure to do the show justice with a brilliant opening act by all accounts. Shawn's chilling, dynamic voice had the crowd silent and in awe as many times as he had them cheering with his creative and inspiring songs. As the opener, there was no time for messing around so Shawn brought his hits that featured his skill of creating great stories about hope complimented with uplifting, escalating melodies. Shawn's most revered and epic songs have shared wonderful, climatic endings often wrenched with hope and desire. Shawn displayed several on Friday including the EDC hit "Suffering" and the Sopranos '"exit music for a film" ending' "Wrapped In My Memory".
Shawn appeared to be in good spirits as his former band Satchel reunites next week after a decade plus hiatus. I know this because I got unbelievable stoned and drunk for the show and hounded him like a 12 year old girl at a Hannah Montana show until he told me so after his set. Satchel will also hope to feature songs from their new album, "Heartache & Honey" during their breakout show at the Crocodile Cafile next Thursday, February 18th. The faithful fans of Shawn Smith, Regan Hagar, and John Hoag will be sure to expect to hear their fair share of hits from first album "EDC" as well as the softer follow up "The Family" too. Many fans will remember the former group from their efforts on the Lollapolooza tour during the same year that the Screeming Trees and Metallica agreed to help out. Many will remember Shawn from his other creative side gig with great producer Steve Fisk called Pigeonhed and the band Brad, played along with their other friend Stone Gossard from Pearl Jam. But for those of us lucky fans who were in Portland Friday, we will also get to remember Satchel as the band that has "the guy with the amazing voice and the amazing songs who killed it in Portland". As Shawn belted out during the curious "Not Too Late" toward the end of the show, "it's not too late to see". Luckily for fans of Shawn Smith and Satchel, that remains true all around.