Monday, June 30, 2008

THE GO-SHEILAS!! Greatest Hits Vol. 1


The Go-Sheilas

"From the very first track to the last, The Go-Sheilas’ debut album, Greatest Hits Vol. 1 relentlessly crashes onto you like wave after wave of catchy and infectious songs. Their contagious hooks grab you from the very beginning...filled with hypnotic beats and swells of raw yet simple melodies..."

THE GO-SHEILAS
Sheila Go Sheila - vocals
Andy Fisher - guitar
David Robinson - guitar
Dan Carlton - drums
Tobie Hutto - bass

In Southern California sandwiched between Los Angeles and San Diego lays Orange County. Long accustomed to the warm Mediterranean climate, its residents enjoy miles of sandy beaches that are favorites for its sunbathing and surfing. A laid-back county which tourists flock to, it’s the home of Disneyland , Knott’s Berry Farm and the Anaheim Angels. Other than its popularity in becoming a tourist destination due to its picturesque views and easy and laid-back easygoing lifestyle The O.C. is also known for it’s punk rock music scene.

There must be something in the water in the O.C. that breeds great punk bands No Doubt, The Offspring, The Adolescents, Rage Against the Machine, Reel Big Fish, Save Ferris, Black Flag, Bad Religion, The Germs, The Vandals, The Descendents and Sublime all hail from Orange County. Now, it can add another to that list. Enter The Go-Sheilas, an O.C. band that blends the defiant ripping pace of Blink 182 with the sweet but salty good-girl sounds of The Go Go’s.

From the very first track to the last, The Go-Sheilas’ debut album, Greatest Hits Vol. 1 relentlessly crashes onto you like wave after wave of catchy and infectious songs. Their contagious hooks grab you from the very beginning with Sheila Go Sheila's voice ringing out loud, “Whoa Whoa Whoa” in “Better Life” as though cautioning everyone to hold on tight. You’re about to go for one hell of a ride! This 12-track album is filled with hypnotic beats and swells of raw yet simple melodies in songs like “What I Say,” “My Life on TV,” while songs, “Unforgiven,” and “I Can Make it It,” makes your fist pump, head bang and hips shake. Honestly, for me, it’s hard to choose a favorite song which says a lot about this album.


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"[The Go-Sheilas splashes] this album with images of an ending summer, when those last days are spent partying the nights away like it’s your last. If it’s gonna be the end of summer then The Go-Sheilas are going to put on one last kick-ass beach party to close it out."
Complimenting Andy Fisher’s unforgiving ravenous tempo is Sheila’s Belinda Carlisle-esque sugary vocals, splashing this album with images of an ending summer, when those last days are spent partying the nights away like it’s your last. If it’s gonna be the end of summer then The Go-Sheilas are going to put on one last kick-ass beach party to close it out. It has the attitude of punk but with the free-spirit of pop, blending Andy’s punk background and fusing it with Sheila’s love of 80’s new wave. They even cap off the album with a cover of Nena’s “99 Red Balloons” (the English version)
This punk/pop band is definitely on the rise. A product of the OC punk scene, Andy recruited 80’s pop-lover Sheila to record a 4-track EP in 2006 and began playing all over SoCal. Adding to this mix are David Robinson (guitar), Dan Carlton (drums), and Tobie Hutto (bass). They quickly built a dedicated following and media attention that included, among other things, an award for “Best Female Vocalist” from UK ‘zine FFRUK and their songs already being featured on FOX and ABC shows. In their short time as a band they've already opened for bands such as Berlin and played in historic venues such as The Viper Room, The House of Blues and The Troubadour. The O.C. is definitely known for their easygoing fun attitude and The Go-Sheila’s debut album, Greatest Hits Vol. 1 shows it.


****CORRECTION: I wrote in this piece that both Bad Religion and The Descendants were from the OC. I have been corrected. Bad Religion originated from Los Angeles and the Descendants formed in Manhattan Beach. My mistake***
Here's a cool video for "Holiday."


UPCOMING SHOWS
July 8 - The Electric Chair (Huntington Beach)
July 11 - Surf City Saloon (Huntington Beach)
Aug 2 - Surf City Saloon (Huntington Beach)
Nov 15 - The Vault 350 w/ Berlin (Long Beach)