photo by E. Francis Kohler

THE SLOW POISONER STORY

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 1995. 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 Alice Cooper - rootsy but weird, like a hoedown on mars. Other influences include Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Edgar Allen Poe, The Cramps, Roy Orbison, Wall of Voodoo, Bela Lugosi and The Doors.

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.

The Slow Poisoner's latest album is titled "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. Other songs on the record concern evil foliage, purple panthers, strange hungers, the 13th moon of the planet Neptune and devils that dwell in swamps.

The Slow Poisoner/Andrew Goldfarb is also an illustrator and author; he draws a comic strip called "Ogner Stump's One Thousand Sorrows" and paints velvet portraits of cryptic mystics and sad hobo clowns. He writes an advice column, "Ask the Slow Poisoner!" which is published in PORK magazine, 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. He can be followed on Facebook and Twitter.