The Shivas are friends and sweethearts who grew up playing music together, launching Kickstarters for a tour van and then coming of age driving that van around the country. Having played literally hundreds of shows together just after high school, The Shivas’ joy and serious performing chops set them apart from other surf-pop bands in the swarming Portland music scene. Jared Molyneux (guitar; vocals), Kristin Leonard (drums, vocals), Eric Shanafelt and Robert Mannering are tight, precise, and deliciously fun, and debut their sweet, reverb-laden hits on their first LP Whiteout [KLP243] on K.
In Calvin Johnson’s write-up for his Believer mixed-tape, he likens The Shivas to the Black Lips—“they both play unmistakably contemporary music that draws lovingly from the Brill Building aesthetic and draws blood from Cavern/Reeperbahn primitive rock”--but The Shivas '60s pop acumen accomplishes a feat that Calvin himself has been aiming at for decades: their grooves make people dance. Like their Burger Records cassette-mates Thee Oh Sees before them, The Shivas’ sweet harmonies and sun-baked sound harkens back to the origins of surf rock, and are too compelling for the physical senses to refuse.
In this way The Shivas have created their own kind of magic: they give real, and conspicuously absent fun, back to the scene.
On Whiteout [KLP243] turn your ears to the satisfying pop harmonies of “Gun In My Pocket” and the sweet underwater tune “Baby I Need You.” Recorded in Portland, Oregon by Collin Hegna of Federale, and of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Shivas captured their raw, high-energy live show. Whiteout [KLP243] features performances by members of SexyWaterSpiders, Dandy Warhols, and other friends and neighbors.