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- Blurt: "Now You Know: Shiva Trash" · June 15, 2011
Ex-Band Members: Branden Parish, Keyboards
Influences: The Sess, Atoms, Velvet Underground, Wharton Tiers, Thee Oh Sees, Stereolab.
When the Sess split up in late 2008, members went on to form Beaters, Ale Mania, and Shiva Trash. Mark Rivera (guitar/vox) of the Sess joined his girlfriend Lisa Phelps (guitar/vox) of Xerox, Branden Parish aka Atoms bassist Brand-O (Casio keys), and drummer J.J. Jimenez to form Shiva Trash.
The group played their first show in November 2010 at the Tin Can Ale House. Many of the shows have been with ’77-style punk band the Last Years, with which they share a practice space in Mira Mesa.
“Most of us are bass players,” Phelps says, “and now we’re in a band without a bass.”
With keys and guitars (one clean, one with Big Muff distortion) filling out the bottom end, Shiva Trash carries the garage-punk energy of the Sess and Atoms to a more psychedelic, shadowy place, which Jimenez calls “dark surf slash punk slash weird.” Think the Velvet Underground, Wharton Tiers, Thee Oh Sees, and early Stereolab. Lyrics tend to revolve around occult themes inspired by ideas from sources such as the film Holy Mountain and author Aleister Crowley.
“It’s imagery,” says Rivera, “and ideas like the union of opposites. It’s about throwing yourself in the coals and molding yourself into what you want.”
Jimenez has an illuminati stick-and-poke tattoo on his forearm, which mirrors the triangle and eye pin on Phelps’s jacket. The band has a repertoire of about seven songs, two of which have been recorded by Pandemonium Recorders and are available to stream on reverbnation.com.
They have been known to play at Dragon Rojo in Tijuana. “J.J. and Branden were terrified the last time we went to TJ, like, they were going to be shot on sight,” Rivera laughs. “But, it’d be cool if more people went down there. It’s super relaxed.”
Keyboardist Branden Parish left the band in late 2011 to form a new punk group, Sculpins.