text by Anna McClain and Janice Headley
Kicking off the morning with a scream (literally!), this Portland, OR band tore through tracks from their latest album, White Out, and even debuted a few brand new tracks from their forthcoming release. (Guitarist Rob Mannering says it should be out early next year.)
Frontman Jared Wait-Molyneux is a lanky firework of perfectly-thrown hair and shuffling red sneakers, harmonizing flawlessly with drummer Kristen Leonard. Their psychedelic surf-rock blew the audience away, especially on the dynamic track “Swimming with Sharks” with its fierce slow/fast stomp. Audience and KEXP staff alike left declaring The Shivas as their new favorite band.