A couple weeks ago, the Quivers took the late shift duties at the Westport Saloon. The uptempo garage rock vibe kept the party happening at the Saloon until quitting time. It was a good nightcap to a busy evening that started at the Tank Room for the Electric Lungs show.
Back on the first Friday of March, the Quivers released their long-awaited follow-up to 2014’s “Hot Young Mess” with “Sugar Tease”. The show took place at the midtown swap shop Holy Cow Market. The Thunderclaps opened with a great set of surf-tinged tunes from the KC-based duo.
It’s a great collection of tunes written primarily by Terra Skaggs and Todd Grantham. This time around, they added a horn section with the help of Kyle Dahlquist and Jesse Howes. “Sugar Tease” has a the classic Quivers sound with plenty of 60’s soul and early garage rock.
Really, it’s a solid album. It’s been two years since they released their previous effort and maybe the long time between releases was a good thing. The songs had time to mature, get played up at gigs, tweaked and finally laid-down. Check it out here. You can also hit the link in the photo section to hear the entire live set.
Back on June 20, garage rock pioneers the Sonics from Tacoma, Washington played a blistering hour and ten minute set to a moderate crowd at Knucklehead’s in Kansas City. Local support was provided by the Latenight Callers and the Quivers.
The weather was steamy during the day but cooled off just in time for the rock to heat things back up. As the sun was going down, the Latenight Callers took the outdoor stage and provided a set of dark, noir flavored dance tunes.
Then came the Quivers, The Quivers are a band that is clearly influenced by the Sonics, soul, garage rock and blues. They played a set full of uptempo rockers that set the mood for the legendary Sonics to follow.
The Sonics took the stage just after 10:30 with “Cinderella” off their second album “BOOM”. It was just the beginning of what would prove to be an incredible set hitting all the classics and several covers.
Despite the Sonics being cranked and the club rocking, the crowd could clearly be heard singing tune after tune. I was really blown away at how hard these guys rocked the songs they wrote 50 years ago. If you closed your eyes, you would have never guessed it’s been that long since they released any new music.
The Sonics show was easily one of my top three favorite shows in the last year. Check it out: