It’s been a common lament. There’s plenty of music out there today that “rocks,” but precious little that might be described as rock ‘n’ roll. You know, rock ‘n’ roll. The real thing hits the chest and gets the adrenaline pumping, all with a storming beat and a real strong melody to ice the cake. Rare elements today, but a few select artists are rising to the challenge and delivering music that mixes hook filled songs, attitude and manic performances.
Introducing The Shamey Jays.
For them, rock ‘n’ roll is a basic equation: Craft a set that swaggers from Rhythm & Blues to garage punk, glam to hard rock. Your Pretty Packages delivers on all fronts with a dozen classic sounding tracks, strong on the energy, strong on the hooks. Dig the buzz-saw guitar of the brilliantly titled “My Machine Kicks Your Machines Ass,” or the power-pop kick of the title track - the guys know their way around a song, and it shows.
This isn’t an album meant to soothe the soul or cause reflection. No, to the contrary, Your Pretty Packages is meant to rile things up a bit, a soundtrack to kick off the weekend or get the party started.
Of course the true test of rock ‘n’ roll is as a live experience and there The Shamey Jays explosive sound has already made them Southland contenders. Short of having the band perform in your living room, Your Pretty Packages remains the best way to experience a promising new band. Play it Loud, Play it Often.
Billy Gruff: vocals, aggro electric guitar
Jerry Rig: vocals, bass in your face
Spud Davenport: drums, onslaught, Kitchen Skillets
LP: "Your Pretty Packages" Blindspot Records 117. Release May, 2009.
EP: "Four Of Your Pretty Packages" Blindspot Records 120. Released February, 2009
The band can play up to three hours of material.
Typical sets are 35 -45 minutes long depending on venue, bill and equipment. Repertoire is 80% original music with complementary covers as appropriate. Covers range from classic Beatles, Stones, Who and Faces to more eclectic 70s and 80s music.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.