Chicago's Mass Shivers, fronted by Brett Sova and featuring
drummer Sean Wilke, debuted with the progressive bass-less garage-rock of
Mass Shivers (Sickroom, 2005).
After the improvised jams of
I Win When I Want (Licking River Records, 2006), the stoner-influenced
mini-album Ecstatic Eyes Glow Glossy (Pickled Egg, 2007), containing
Womanizing Metal Studs,
another improvised album,
Wooden Lace & Rotting Arm (2008), adding
bassist Andy Johnson,
and the single Torrid Sex In East Berlin (2009),
harked back to the late 1960s and early 1970s for the better structured
but less original
Contoured Heat (Licking River, 2010).
The echoes of psychedelic-rock, blues-rock and hard-rock are so strong that
several of the songs sound like covers of
and the likes.
The monster garage-rock of More Bumper Than A Body Shop evokes
I've Got The Power is syncopated blues-rock a` la
Free with a poppy refrain a` la
Anonynominous borrows from
The creative moments are still capable of packing punkish energy in innovative
song formats: the swirling Middle-Eastern dance of Outsider Erotica,
the mind-bending acid lullaby of Beneath The Sand, reminiscent of early
and especially the demented pow-wow dance of Languid Liquid (with its
instrumental coda Odin V. Oden).
Coincidentally or not, they all rely on drumming magic by Sean Wilke.
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