Friday, March 3, 2017

The Shods - "Bad Man"

Photo via Facebook
Today's theme appears to be the distant suburbs of Boston. Out of seemingly nowhere comes "Bad Man," a new song from Lowell, MA's The Shods. Originally formed way back in 1993, I believe The Shods haven't had any new music since 2003's Tippy. The last time I saw them was back in 2015 when they played a one off show as part of TT the Bear's final weeks, which also served as a kind of farewell since singer Kevin Stevenson was moving to Europe (Italy or Greece, I can't seem to recall.)

Well, The Shods are back! "Bad Man" screams Boston in the mid 90s. The Shods have always fit right in the space between punk and old school rock and roll. "Bad Man" is a bit more on the punk side and feels like they're auditioning for an opening slot for The Mighty Mighty Bosstones on this year's Hometown Throwdown, which they've played many, many times. It has a perfect gang shout along gang chorus that might actually last longer than the verses. Plus, it has the type of guitar slide that was all over 90s punk that I had no idea I was nostalgic for.

You can listen to "Bad Man" below. Unfortunately, the song was just posted on The Shod's Facebook with no explanation besides "Check out the new song!" Let's hope there are many more to come.

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