This is The Billy Shinbone Show playing a song called ‘Old Brown Shed’. A song of resentment, loneliness, love and limping hope played out in the theatre of a gardener’s dream and the isolation of alcohol dependence. We have Billy Shinbone performing with occasional sidekick drummer Micky Van Dango in Margo’s green and atmospheric Living Room. It’s a collision of primitive punk enthusiasm with utter adoration of the great country folk guitars pickers like Doc Watson & Merle Travis.
Shinbone admits: “This performance isn’t what you call perfect. It isn’t even what you call entirely devoid of scandalous imperfect occurrences. But we genuinely had such fun singing and playing in Margo’s Living Room that we just wanted to share it actually. What we do is bricolage. All home made from what we’ve got. I’m like your granny knitting you a jumper with a big Adidas logo on it. We’re building a little shack from the stolen bones of sixty-year-old music and whatever ridiculous fantasy that we can keep alive for more than two minutes. And if our little shack has a hole in the roof, then we can let the rain water the yukka plant and let the smoke find it’s own twisty way out.”
For the uninitiated, Margo’s Living Room is a unique YouTube series of live sessions by quirky underground bands, big and small (Goat Girl, Swedish Death Candy, Calva Louise, etc).
Filmed in Hermitage Works Studios (Fat White Family, Catholic Action, Meatraffle), Billy Shinbone’s ‘Old Brown Shoe’ is the second video to appear online, and for the next 24 hours God is in the TV get to premiere this wild eyed folk for you.