the Shimmies

the Shimmies

 Chico, California, USA
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Chico's very own "home school rock" band known for their angelic harmonies and powerful lyrics - The Shimmies know how to wow a crowd with their high energy and passion for the music.

Biography

Still maturing from a childhood project that combined brothers Sean and Jimmy Galloway’s first names, The Shimmies have created a self-appointed genre for themselves, which they lovingly refer to as “home school rock.” Much the way a home schooled child’s take on a book may have less to do with the collective opinion of their peers, so does the Shimmies’ take on pop music stand apart from the collective pretense of our generation. Sean and Jimmy started out in the late 90’s as an acoustic two piece, and before that as kids trying to perfect difficult harmonies by panning Simon and Garfunkel’s Wednesday Morning 3AM on their small cassette deck boom box. They’ve since plugged in and added younger brother Stephen on bass and long time friend Jack Gingerich on drums.

The Shimmies’ music has come a long way since inception, but it’s defining characteristic remains angelic harmonies from the bands two front men, giving them a magical quality similar to that of The Avett Brothers or Fleet Foxes. A quality that Craig Gordon of The Delta Mirror claims directly contributed to the success of their single He was Worse than the Needle He Gave You. With a sound that garners comparisons to the likes of Band of Horses, Jeff Buckley, and Sigur Ros, The Shimmies have written a lyrically powerful record in To All Beloved Enemies, for a generation who puts little to no emphasis on lyrical content.

The Shimmies have already won the musical hearts and minds of their native Chico, CA, having won The Chico News and Reviews’ C.A.M.M.I.E. awards three years consecutively. Presently, The Shimmies’ sights are set on sharing their music with a greater audience, with national release of To All Beloved Enemies along with an upcoming tour of the US in 2011. While other bands look to the future or to a time before they were born for inspiration, The Shimmies continue to make their home school rock. Rather than steal from their parents music, they’ve updated the music they grew up with, adding a more contemporary anthemic quality to our favorite 90’s memories.

Lyrics

Un Fantome

Written By: the Shimmies

Stayed out later than usual
See us walk under the moon
Save enough for two
That's me and you
followed by a ghost

Remember it's all for you
Remember it's all for you

Pour slow holy fountain
You awake my love, love, love, love
So beautiful the way you take control
And you make it all so real, real, real, real
Pour slow holy fountain
You you make my love, love, love, love

That's your disguise
And you put it on
But you take it off
When you pick me up
And you put me down
Well that's your disguise
You just can't take it off

We're always coming back together, yeah
And we're always coming down
Just like your memories of
Someone you said was followed by a ghost
You're always followed by his ghost

Remember it's all for you
Remember it's all for you
Remember it's all for you
Remember it's all for you

Pour slow holy fountain
You awake my love, love, love
So beautiful the way you take control
And you make it all so real, real, real, real
Pour slow holy fountain
You you make my love, love, love, love

But that's your disguise
When you put it on
But you take it off
When you pick me up
Oh is it just to put me down
You tell me lies like I'm not around
Oh that's your diguise
When you put it on
Yeah you put it on
You just can't take it off

Judas

Written By: the Shimmies

Coming down again
Feels about the same
As when I lost my teeth
Like words with letters in between

I fell into a hole
With no memory of where I'd been
When I finally figure out
You'll be the first to know

Oooh

I wear it in my bones
The skin I've worn off my knees
A signal in my spine
That tells me I'm asleep

Oooh

Hey Judas
I'm a ghost now
Can we talk
Oh can't you hear me
Well the truth is
I'm alone now
With the words
You led me to believe

So call this a lesson learned
Skin tastes better when it's burned

So now I'll tell you how
How to disappear

Oooh

Hey Judas
I'm a ghost now
Can we talk
Oh can't you hear me
Well the truth is
I'm alone now
With the words
You led me to believe

Oooh

Hey Judas
I'm a ghost now
Can we talk
Oh can't you hear me
Well the truth is
I'm alone now
With the words
You led me to believe

Oooh

Beloved Enemies

Written By: the Shimmies

You buried me
Boxed me in
Put me to sleep
Rode me down
Squared off and broke my jaw
Push me underneath the sheets
Push your tongue between my teeth
Oooh
Tell the girls to keep their faces grim
It keeps the boys from getting into sin
And give my regards to all of my beloved enemies
Their grudges deep if heaven watches over me
Then tonight I'll pray your soul to keep
You safe from harm just promise me

You've given up
Given up
Given up on me, on me

Given up
Given up
You've given up on me

Given up
Given up
You've given up on me

Have you given up
given up
given up on me, on me

Given up
Given up
You've given up on me

Discography

To All Beloved Enemies
The Frogtown LP