The last time The Shivas
visited Boise it was on the unfortunately scheduled
evening before Thanksgiving. Thankfully, The Shivas returned last Saturday night and gave a performance that was not to be missed.
Now a three piece, the Portland, Ore.-based Shivas are touring with their most recent release, Better Off Dead
(K Records, Feb. 19, 2016). The album is a mellow departure for The Shivas, as it trades the band's signature Dick Dale surf guitar sound in favor of a Save For A Rainy Day
era Jan and Dean vibe.
None of that was evident during Saturday night’s show. The Shivas hit the stage with a face blistering “Do the Crocodile” and sounded like Link Wray playing over a jet engine.
The energy did not wane throughout the 45-minute set. Even though the Neurolux show was the last of a long tour, the band showed no fatigue and played like a well oiled machine—proving that The Shivas are one of the most exciting bands in the recent garage rock revival and we can’t wait for them to return to Boise.