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Music Find: Shivaree

Shivaree isn’t a new band by any means, in fact they’ve released four albums since their formation in 1999. It’s more along the lines of “no one knows who they are”. With a combined sales total of just 500,000 for all of their albums released to date, they could use some promoting, especially considering that they’re good.

Shivaree is a three-person American band consisting of Ambrosia Parsley as their singer, Danny McGough on keyboards and Duke McVinnie on guitar. They are a female fronted group yes, but they churn out a very interesting sound of genre blending within independent music. The best comparison to their sound would be a mixture between the breathy vocals of Gwen Stefani mixed with jazzy and alternative rock backing music. Lead singer Ambrosia makes every song. Her vocals are the hate it or love it part of this band. Her voice comes across as sultry, sexy and almost seductive in nearly every track.

Their debut album I Oughtta Give You A Shot in the Head for Making Me Live in this Dump had a song “Goodnight Moon” that was played during the end credits of Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill Volume 2. The song was also featured on its soundtrack and is a great introductory track into the band’s music. If you like this song, you’ll like the band. All of their music is on iTunes so you can preview every song if you want to.

Their newest release is 2007’s Tainted Love: Mating Calls and Fighting Songs which was an album full of covers done their way. They’re worth checking out since they’re virtually unheard of.

Kyle Bulai 4.10 ’09

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