Whiskey Shivers


Punk, high-octane take on bluegrass

As trade descriptions go, the one that The Washington Post offered up for bluegrass quintet Whiskey Shivers must have pleased the band no end, cutting straight to the chase: “This group of twentysomethings play banjos, fiddles and washboards at breakneck speeds while singing high, lonesome harmonies about love and video games.” Video games aren’t usually the subject matter of bluegrass songs, but these boys from Austin, Texas are far from a typical bluegrass outfit. Aside from them preferring to go barefoot when others would squeeze into cowboy boots, their approach to the music is, more importantly, imbued with a different, high-proof spirit, one distilled from the punk tradition. For them, there’s no separation between band and audience in their octane-heavy shows. “We try to bring everyone into the moment,” explains frontman Bobby Fitzgerald, “to get them to realise there’s no wall between us and the crowd. We’re all in this together.”

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