SHIVS, THE: They’re Here: CD

I love it when a local band does good. The Shivs are pretty much the top of the heap as far as hardcore bands go in Victoria, and this record is a good representation of them. Fast and heavy is the order of the day. A couple of Blind Marc’s favorite bands are FUs and the Stretch Marks, and you can tell. They tend to creep over to the metal side of things here and there, but for the most part, it’s stripped down early ‘80s hardcore thrash. Add the musings of a drunk blind guy who is obsessed with aliens, and you’ve got a fine batch of songs. Throw in a couple of my favorite older tunes “15 Pack” and “86’ed” and some cover art featuring some Jaks Team aliens and call this a full blown winner.

 –ty (No Front Teeth)