I was hesitant to write about this show because it was built up with so much anticipation of these two bands together at last in my own backyard. As I realized I need not wait in line for will call tickets I shimmied to the front of the line and entered into another world entirely. As if grease and the sex pistols had a baby it would have been named after that show. The White Owl is an awesome venue but the sound quality for the vocals wasnt fixed until after The Shivas were all through and Shannon had played a song as well before the crowd, or, the New York stock exchange if they all took acid and changed clothes was announcing for the vocals to be turned up. Cody Blanchard, the frontman for Shannon and the Clams caught wind finally and had it fixed before things got to far into the show to care anymore. Shannon Shaw then asked The Sturring White Owl crowd if we minded being their guinea pigs and boy did that cheer us up. They amazed us all with tunes that hadnt ever been recorded. It was incredible. And yes they played some of their newest songs off of their fresh new gem Gone By the Dawn and of course some classics as well like the extended version of “The Bog” with an epic keyboard solo to cap it off. They really do not have a bad song. My buddies Andrew and Steven were amongst the perfect madness in the the middle of what already felt like a living organism before the crowd moved as if they were one. Steven was thrusted up and on top of the crowd surfing the wave of emotion and joy and sheer indifference to the world that we were apart from while being ever more a part of it. It reeked of nostalgia of times we wished we lived for. These bands, among many others are our generations chance at a true revival in music today.
The Shivas focussed mainly on titles off Turn Me On their latest EP released in 2017. A must have for Shivas fans and just another album without a bad song? How can these bands do it? Most bands would be playing covers and using other bands riffs or melodies but thats what seperates the good from the great; a lot of Acid and Whiskey.
I definitely will go to any and all shows of either band when in town. Thankfully the Shivas are home grown right here in Portland.