Ready or Not, Here We Come
Artist: Thee Spivies
Label: Jackson Rubio Recordings
This release could be titled The Partridge Family meets the 90's.
Here we have music that sounds like early Beatles combined with the pop-punk
of the 90's. Most of the harmonies are very rough. Initially I thought
it sounded terrible, but each listen finds the band growing on me.
The lyrics go back to that seemingly carefree period of the early
60's when there was only whether a girl liked you to worry about, particularly
"Hey, Girl," "So Tell Me," and "You Told Me So." The surf tunes, particularly
"Jupiter in My Rearview Mirror," "Tilting the Windmills," and "Johnny-come-lately"
are great, and this is where these guys excel - perfect for setting your
feet moving or a beach blanket party straight out of the late fifties.
Thee Spivies state that they're, "here with the sole intention of
charming you right out of your socks." These guys succeed in gaining my
interest and I certainly want to see them in concert, they could be a blast.
Thee Spivies's style is incomparable with anything else around right now.
Looking for something new? This might be it.----Shari Lloyd
"That Thing You Do," anyone? I suppose this is about as retro
as you can get with rock-n-roll -- Thee Spivies reviving early 60s pop/rock
and surf instrumentals and doing it pretty well at that, with those cheesy,
smiley vocals and background harmonies, jangly guitars, and muddled drums
(the drummer uses the same kit he's had since he was 10, and he's almost
bald already....). Everything's upbeat, catchy, and cheerful, with
love and girls being the most common lyric topic. The instrumental surf
tunes are by far my choice tracks, exhibiting totally authentic tones,
but the whole album is pretty nifty.
Anyone looking for something different (but not new) to dance to
should give Thee Spivies a spin. After a while, I suspect it'll become
a rarely-played novelty album for me, but for now it's got my head bobbing.-----Josh