Everybody Sham Dance!
Lyrically gifted, musically strong The Shams Band-EP is perfect for a mid-summer afternoon spent tossing back cold ones and tapping your foot. The EP starts with 'Working Man' a tune that weaves the tale of middle American's finest; the blue collar, hardworking greasy stained 30 something man. It's hard not to identify with the star 'I sold my soul to the company/and I put my heart out on the line.' I envision the 'Working Man' to be bent over an old Buick sleeves rolled up in a old smelly garage. The same guy who pulls the hottest tail, drinks ice cold Busch Light and still believes in rock 'n' roll. And that's exactly what The Shams Band-EP did for me, reminded me that rock 'n' roll still exists and in its' purest form. Up next is 'Shelly' the one who we hated to see go but loved to watch her leave. 'And you will never know/How to treat a man' a sentiment echoed in the voice of Donnie Biggins on behalf of all men. My favorite track on the EP is the closing ballad 'The Des Plaines River' starting with the haunting harmonica married with the percussion by Doug Hill. Maybe its because I spent so many summers drinking along her banks that I'm left feeling a little nostalgic. The chorus brings the EP home; 'Take me to the Des Plaines River and drown me/ the dirty water all around me a prisoner in the mud.' If the ships sinking and all I'm left with are my thoughts I know that 'The Des Plaines River' will be the soundtrack to that slideshow.