Fresh off of their European tour with Fu Manchu, Venice Beach's The Shrine unleashed an unhealthy dose of psychedelic violence to a small, jam packed room of willing participants in Allston's Gay Gardens. Also on the bill were Brooklyn garage rockers Dirty Fences and Boston stoner/psych kings Elder, whose set was cut short by the arrival of the Boston police. Coincidentally, this would be the last show at Gay Gardens and be followed by a string of crackdowns. After the show I hopped into what could have been the "sketchy van" described in the band's bio and we headed for the nearest late night pizza joint, where I grilled The Shrine about touring, sweating and bumping elbows with basement crowds over a fresh pie and basket of onion rings. Part 1 of 2.