The Shivas, Family Cash and Blank Tapes Rock The Resident with New Retro Sounds

The Shivas, Family Cash and Blank Tapes Rock The Resident with New Retro Sounds
September 19, 2021
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By NOTES FROM VIVACE

Portland based band The Shivas stopped by The Resident in support of their “Feels So Good / Feels So Bad” album that was born during the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The band is in the middle of a multi-month long tour that is taking them from Oregan to California to Florida and everywhere in between, including a trip to Mexico City.

Shivas – Notes From Vivace

Without pretense, they hooked in the audience with their throwback rock sounds. The guitar strums and rhythmic drum beats were layered atop smooth and hallucinogenic vocals. The eyes can tell the tale at times and there was a sparkle there that said that the band members just love doing live performances. As the set came to a conclusion, drummer-singer Kristin Leonard took a few moments away from the drums, going up front and center. Those songs had the hint of 1950s tunes such as The Penguins’ “Earth Angel.”

The Shivas perform at The Resident – Notes From Vivace

Opening up for The Shivas was local band Family Cash. The band tore it up on stage with head flings and body twists. The drum kit was attacked into submission until one of the large cymbals dislodged and was eventually put to the side. The set included a guest appearance from SLUGS’ Sarsten Noice. To add some humor, a handful of jokes about Trader Joe’s were tossed around.

Family Cash performs at Resident – Notes From Vivace

The Blank Tapes played the middle spot with Joshua Tree desert rock inspired sounds. The band played a number of new songs, which initially caused a problem for the band. The lyrics were so new that they were written down on pieces of paper. During the first song, the overhead air conditioner vent was blowing the sheets of papers in a direction that made reading the lyrics impossible. The solution was to borrow some tape from the sound guy.

The Blank Tapes – Notes From Vivace

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