PREMIERE: The Shivas Slow it Down from Surf-Rock to Twee-Pop on "Gun In My Pocket"

Portland's The Shivas revisit an old single with fresh eyes.

Nov 19 2015, 2:35pm

Covers are one thing, but when a band drastically alters their own song beyond the point of recognition, calling it a cover doesn't cut it. Take Portland quintet The Shivas, who've just transformed their tom-heavy surf-rock single "Gun In My Pocket" into a mesmerizing cut of Roy Orbison jangle-pop. Released by Calvin Johnson's twee-proginating label K Records, this is a real change of pace for the longtime Burger Records alum, whose sixth LP Better Off Dead drops in February from K Records. Stream the song in its full make-over below and catch The Shivas on tour as they play a few nights with The Dandy Warhols.

The Shivas Tour Dates:

11/19/15 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall*
11/20/15 – Iowa City, IA – The Englert Theater*
11/21/15 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe*
11/22/15 – Sioux Falls, SD – Total Drag
11/23/15 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
11/24/15 – Denver, CO – The Dryer Plug
11/25/15 – Boise, ID – Neurolux

(*w/ Dandy Warhols)