photo by E. Francis Kohler


The Slow Poisoner (alias Andrew Goldfarb) is a one man surrealistic rock and roll band who hails from San Francisco and has been playing to audiences across America since 1996. With an electric guitar and bass drum he plays catchy, offbeat songs whose lyrical subjects include swamp witches, sinister flowers, strange hungers and giant worms that drive hot rods. Like a late night horror movie host or a creepy camp counselor, the Slow Poisoner invites the audience into a weird world of his own design. He displays paintings to accompany the music and puts on a wild show that has been known to include dancing spiders, severed fingers and a giant head that devours him onstage. He describes his sound as a cross between Johnny Cash and David Bowie - rootsy but weird, like a hoedown on mars. Other key influences include Screamin' Jay Hawkins, The Cramps and Alice Cooper.

The Slow Poisoner started out as the leader of a five piece band, "The Slow Poisoners," named after a chapter in Charles Mackay's 1854 book "Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" which detailed a murderous fad among 17th century European wives. Over the course of ten years the group slowly became thinner and thinner as the other members disappeared; eventually an apparition of an eight-fisted cephalopod (the Rocktopus) instructed Andrew to go it alone, and since 2005 that is what he has done, touring across the country and playing venues that range from libraries to science fiction conventions, beauty parlors and laundromats.

In 2014 The Slow Poisoner released his fourth album, "Ever Been Chewed Upon By Teeth As Sharp As Knives?" and its lead track, "Hot Rod Worm," tells the story of delinquent invertebrate who the Slow Poisoner duels with on the highway - an accompanying video dramatizes the events utilizing stop-motion animation, a go-go dancer and a toothless bongo player. In 2016, "Swamp Fist!" appeared, with songs about spider women, wizards in the woods and buckets of leeches.

The Slow Poisoner/Andrew Goldfarb is also an illustrator and author. He publishes an underground comic called "Freaky," and his novels "Hypno-Hog's Moonshine Monster Jamboree" and "Slub Glub in the Weird World of the Weeping Willows" have been published by Eraserhead Press. Andrew also paints portraits of cryptic mystics and sad hobo clowns on black velvet. He can be followed on Facebook and Twitter.