Rock n’ Roll Pest Control: Big, sweaty arena rock


By Gary Miller

I first discovered SHIM in the fall of 2006, when they shared a bill with local faves the Young Sportsmen. I instantly dug their old school rock and roll approach. That was only furthered by their actual performance at that show, which was replete with smoke machines and strobe lights.

It seemed like SHIM was playings as if they were in an arena, although they were actually at the considerably smaller High Dive. The show was big. It was sweaty. It was rock. But, not in an ironic way. It was true, authentic big rock without the schlock. Good stuff. At the time I described them thusly: They rock like some sort of mad, out-of-control rocking machine that was set on high and left outside in the rain. Hyperbole? Sure. But, nonetheless a good description of my feeling at the time.

A little over a year later, they’re holding their CD release party at the Tractor Tavern (Saturday, February 9), and their rock power alone makes it a worthwhile show. But, in fact, Slender Means is on also on the bill and it seems to be the only show they have currently booked. So, there’s a second reason to take the trip down to Ballard.

SHIM has something of an “introduction” video online that includes some interview-ish conversation about pirates and sandwiches, as well as a studio performance and random use of the f-bomb. It’s not as big and rocking as their actual live show. Note to SHIM: You should get some footage of your actual live show on Youtube or something. It’s a serious selling point.

SHIM Live @ The Chicken Shack 4-22-07

Gary Miller runs the Seattle Powerpop Blog, which focuses on all things powerpop in the Pacific Northwest. SPB features album reviews, recommended shows, videos, mp3s and more.

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