Shirt: At The Drive-In - Gas Mask
Brand: Hanes Heavyweight
Source: You might be able to tell from the lack of typos that today’s post is actually a guest post. So, hi internet. I’m Emily, Mrs. Minor Thread. I’m the lucky lady married to this guy who owns a billion t-shirts. Mr. Minor Thread is currently laying brick outside in our driveway, and no, that’s not a euphemism for something else. He asked me to listen to some At The Drive-In and write a little blog post for today’s shirt. Here you go.
As I’m listening, this music makes me think of college - the music I listened to, the shows I went to, and the people I hung out with. Nowadays music like this is a little too all over the place and - I’ll just admit it - a little too loud for me. However, it does bring me back to a time when selecting my darkroom music for a day of printing was one of the most important decisions I made (I’m a photographer). I had a bunch of CDs and a Discman I wore in a fanny pack around my waist. Of course I was rocking the big over the ears headphones, too. I could easily spend 10 hours or more just printing, listening to music, and chatting with friends while we waited around for our prints to come out and/or dry. The time was 1994/1995-ish, and the place was NYC.
Sort of related to At The Drive-In side note: In 2003 I photographed David Byrne for GQ Magazine. While we were shooting I played The Mars Volta, and David Byrne asked who the band was and seemed very interested and approving of my musical choice. It was a gratifying moment for me to introduce of my idols to music he seemed to like.
I sort of missed the At The Drive-In boat, but the energy is bringing me back to this New York hardcore moment in the mid-90’s. Not sure if that’s a correct correlation or not. Apologies if I’m way off. My favorite Minor Thread blog posts are the ones where the shirt triggers a memory and you learn a little bit about Isac. So, although I’m pretty sure nothing I’m saying has anything to do with this band, their music did take me somewhere. That somewhere is a very special and happy place - one that is pretty much non-existent in my life today. Long live the darkroom! And now this music is annoying me so I’m going to turn it off and go back to the serene white noise of our bulldog snoring under my desk. Thanks for reading.