Days of the Soft Break
The folk-glam of the Slow Poisoners is simultaneously eclectic yet instantly familiar, incorporating all things good about David Bowie and Johnny Cash. Andrew Poisoner has been performing his accessible-but-off-kilter songs with the band since 1997. Their debut full-length recording, Great Spiders and Diamond Powder, appeared in 1999 on PopSmear Records. The band has played in front of thousands of participants in San Francisco's mammoth Bay To Breakers footrace, in front of a dozen people in a laundromat, and every imaginable setting in between. They have appeared with a shockingly diverse set of artists, from surf guitar legend Dick Dale, to punk popsters Weezer and Green Day, to adult contemporary singer/songwriter Sophie B. Hawkins. In 1999, Andrew Poisoner testified before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors wearing nothing but flyers. In 2000, a Slow Poisoners performance on the steps of San Francisco's City Hall prompted one observer to yell threats at the mayor. In 2001, Andrew traveled to Portland Oregon with bandmate Rich Trott to do some recording at Jackpot! Recording Studio. During the trip, Rich passed a kidney stone and wrote a novel. In 2002, the band again traveled to record, this time with new bassist and first-rate goofball Tom Neely. The trio went to Memphis and recorded at legendary Sun Studio, where the engineer assured Rich that he would not hit him in the groin. Shortly after returning to San Francisco, the band was able to resume public rocking thanks to the recruitment of drummer Ty Parker.