P-fork finally got around to reviewing The Shivers' "Beauty," giving it a bunch of stars (thank you, Jessica Suarez). The song originally appeared on the Shivers' (aka Keith Zarriello) 2004 LP Charades, so I figured now would be a great time to revisit the lost/mostly undiscovered classic. "Beauty" is an amazing song, but it only begins to hint at the darker themes of alienation and asexuality/anti-sexuality that permeate throughout the album. No where are these ideas more starkly evident than on this song, which begins with Keith's answering machine messages (including one from his mother), proceeds to explicitly and bluntly explore some thoughts on sexuality from a female's perspective, then inexplicably turns into a cover of Cat Stevens' "The Wind":
The Shivers SoHo Party mp3
The Shivers Beauty mp3
Purchase Charades from Outer Borough Records, it'll be the best 10 bucks you spend all day. The Shivers will also be having a CD release party for the new album Phone Calls, which is coming out on Outer Borough Records. From the band:
...This night is not all fun and games. We need your support now more than ever. One of The Shivers is sick and we need your help to help her. Joanne Schornikow, the newest member of The Shivers (piano, vocals) has been hospitalized and we are trying to raise funds to help her. It would mean the wore ould to us if you came out on this night!
Thursday at 9pm at Arlene's Grocery
95 Stanton Street
F to 2nd Ave.
All the money we take in from the door will be put towards helping Jo, SO PLEASE COME and BRING AS MANY FRIENDS AS YOU HAVE. And this is not some ploy to get you to our show. Thank you all very much and we hope to see you Thursday!