Shirtysomething was established in 2001 by two music industry chaps:
Frazer Craske was the bass guitarist with pagan thrash pioneers Sabbat. After
the band split in the early 90's, he went into the printing business,
and has built a reputation as one of the finest screen printers
in the Midlands. His technical ability, perfectionism, and understanding
of what makes a shirt "work", help us to achieve the best
possible results for our clients. As does his apparent ability to
work for 25 hours a day. His beard is inhabited by a family of badgers
and an axe-wielding Nordic dwarf. He recently started (and then stopped) gigging
again with Ravens Creed, and is fanatically devoted to his allotment garden.
Rog Patterson is and/or was a philosophy graduate, progressive rock musician, tour manager and sound engineer; he spent the 90s attempting to visit every airport on the planet with Rage Against
the Machine, Skunk Anansie, Therapy?, Faith No More and many
others. He came off the road (more or less) in 2001 and
now devotes his managerial experience and incessant sarcasm to the
running of Shirtysomething, largely because nobody seems to be willing
to pay him to play cricket and drink beer. His "new" solo
album is now almost 25 years late, but he still occasionally gigs as half
of the ancient and eccentric acousto-proggy duo Twice Bitten,
amongst other deeply obscure (and/or wholly imaginary) musical projects.
Printy proceedings at Shirty Towers are aided and abetted by these fine folk:
Andy Bell (The Weatherman) is a career printer; his obsession with fishing informs his astonishing meteorological foresight, as well as his top-class lunchtime tale-telling. Rides a rather nice Triumph motorbike.
Rich Stuart is another man with printing in his blood (well, on his clothes, anyway) - his amiable strangeness is fuelled by insanely spicy food and insanely loud rock (yes, we're talking Lemmy here...) Rides a skateboard.
Jay Graham is one of those annoying multi-talented multi-instrumentalist types (drums, keyboards, trumpet). Best-known for playing drums in Ravens Creed, he spends his weekends as a studio musician and his weekdays as Shirty's official Counter of Many Things.