Chain & The Gang, The Shivas Rock Bellingham!

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

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Late Monday afternoon, I hitched a ride with The Shivas to their show in Bellingham, WA with Chain & The Gang and my friend Tyson Ballew. Their van was full of friendly faces, fuzzy sweaters, chocolate-chip cookies and groovy psychedelic music. We listened to the Doors, a whole bunch of crazy calypso music and a bit of Hank Williams. Jared was reading a thick book containing the sacred texts of Hinduism and Kristen was doing homework on a laptop in the front seat. The drive seemed shorter than expected and we stopped at the Mount Vernon food co-op (every NW traveler’s favorite) to stock up on snacks and have a quick meal.

The show they played was at the Alternative Library, a cool members-only space that holds all-ages events. Laurie from Chain & The Gang persuaded the dude-in-charge to sell her a used, pocket-size book about Tao.

Local Bellinghamsters Fictions opened, followed by Tyson Ballew (the band).

(All photographs in this post were taken by Kevin Michael Lowdon.)

The Shivas, a truly “solid band” (as deemed by Ian Svenonius) rocked the house after that with a plethora or rockin’ tunes, including their latest hit and clear crowd-pleasing jammer, “Make Me Wanna Die”,

while Chain & The Gang closed the night with a preachin’, powerful, revitalizing performance, demanding for “Reparations”.

The Shivas released Whiteout [KLP243] last year on K and have a new 7″ coming out later this year.  Chain & The Gang have released three full-length albums, In Cool Blood [KLP240], Music’s Not For Everyone [KLP220], Down With Liberty… Up With Chains! [KLP203] and just recorded tracks for a new one this weekend; they also have two singles, “Cry, Cry, Cry” [DBN119] and “(I’ve Got) Privilege” [IPU130], all of which is currently available from the K Mail Order Department. Tyson Ballew runs his own label called Tummy Rock Records and also has one of his tapes, Moa in Repose, in our disto dept.

Love you, Jill


One response to “Chain & The Gang, The Shivas Rock Bellingham!”

  1. Chainandthegang says:

    Good reporting from the front lines Jill!

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