The Shivas Closed Out Their Recent Tour at the Neurolux on Saturday and It Was Amazing 

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  • Jeffrey C. Lowe


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.
click to enlarge JEFFREY C. LOWE
  • Jeffrey C. Lowe


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