The Shivers

Birdy’s

Saturday, Oct. 23

The Shivers did not have to put their best foot forward Saturday night. They played prior to Blackberry Jam, and much of the crowd that would later show up had not yet appeared. They could have rested a bit … put in their set, collected their cash and happily gone home with relatively little effort. Instead, they knocked out 13 songs, full of non-stop enthusiasm, seemingly glad just to entertain those who had shown up early to check them out.

Royston Lloyd spoke briefly between songs, introducing one by saying, “No matter what they told you in school, ‘E = Mc 5.’” Most of their time on stage, though, was spent pummeling through songs, all the while maintaining strong vocals, clean guitars, a brisk beat and a lively stage presence, for a crowd not reciprocating as much as they could have.

As the set began to wind down, they played “Wanna Hear Ya Say Yeah,” which almost demanded audience participation. Even though the crowd had been hanging back, this was one of the high points of the show, as the audience finally decided to play along. The Shivers gave it all they had, and by this point, they had more than earned something other than paltry applause. Hopefully there will be a future in which we see The Shivers play for audiences who show up just to see them, not somebody else.

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