Shiva Trash // Shiva Trash EP
Palm Dreaming Records/Cholo Punks Records
Recommended Track: Helter Swelter
You spunky and spooky people out there that like to make mixes–-LISTEN UP! This is gonna be a good one for your 2013 Halloween edition, believe me. Even though the newest release from San Diego’s Shiva Trash came out a handful of weeks ago, I’m pleased that it has fallen into my lap this final week of September while I am rounding up all the “must includes” for my October Halloween mix. Released by Palm Dreaming Records and Cholo Punks Records, this two song creep show is the second release for the blaring garage surf band that has been building up major steam and sharing the stage with bands like Parquet Courts, Warm Soda, Destruction Unit, and Hanni El Khatib.
“Helter Swelter” has some intense pulse-raising and endorphin-inducing build-ups, a vicious earful of loud heavy throbbing that is consistently followed by a clock ticking silence. Over and over again. The anticipation is killer! This real-life comparison might seem silly, but hear me out and maybe you can relate. You’re sitting in that chair at the eye doctor where you’re told to stare at that little green dot. You must keep your eyes wide open. You know it’s coming. Your eyes are dry as fuck and you are trying not to squint or close them. The assistant on the other side of the machine seems to be taking their sweet ass time positioning the machine. You’re waiting in anticipation for that pesky little puff of air to shoot right into the surface of your beloved cornea. Think of that scenario while you let this track fuse deep into your delicate eardrums and possibly surprise the living daylights out of you.
An upbeat reverb drenched cover of “122 Hours of Fear” by 70s LA synth-punk band The Screamers occupies side B. Originally written about the 1977 hijacking of Lufthansa Flight 181, Shiva Trash has done a mighty fine job of keeping the goose-bump factor alive and creepin’. Two 7-inches out and you know what that means…perhaps a full-length is on the horizon?!