Last Texas Platters of 2014
Reviewed by Raoul Hernandez, Fri., Dec. 26, 2014
Shivery ShakesThree Waves & a Shake (Austin Town Hall Records/Punctum Records)
"Recurring Dreams" opens Shivery Shakes' full-length debut with the Austin quartet's Brian Wilson figure tuning in a musical mnemonic on the radio. "My hand tingled as I reached for the dial," sings William Glosup, who cut Three Waves & a Shake mostly as a duo with drummer Marcus Haddon. "I blacked out and drove 300 miles." That happens with this day at the beach as well, its spry, watery jangle as misty as fine ocean spray. Uptempo swell in "Swimming," a slight heat warp to "Summer Love," and the refracted prom pop of "Thirsty" all boogie past any simplistic surf designation to authentic H20 pop. As for its 300-mile knockout, that's midpoint "Remember When," epitomizing apex of Three Waves & a Shake. Think a boy version of Best Coast covering Sixties wild things the Troggs via "Love Is All Around." Dive in beachcombers.