Shesus Loves You... Loves You Not is the new disc form Shesus, the almost all-female group that packs a wallop in their quick rock ditties. With two guitars, bass and drums along with a singer, they utilize each part to create a heavy, sharp, yet almost sloppy approach to rock. Every member helps with singing as well, which adds a nice mix of female and male vocals with the loud hums of the guitars and thumps of drums.
"Narcoplepsy" is a short, heavy song that takes a fast punk approach to the "new" rock sound of now. Heather Newkirk's vocals are strained and fitting for the sound, as she wails and yells in tune with the yelping guitars. In the track "The More You Laugh," drummer Craig Nichols adds his voice to the mix, which plays nicely of the girls' vocals.
"Take It" is a slower, yet heavier song that utilizes vocal harmonies to create a more melodic sense to the punk quality of the music. Then it goes right into "Hang Onto Yourself," a much faster-paced song, with loud vocals and drums, yet goes into a soft chorus. There are burst of loud guitars, backed with Newkirk's screams.
"That One Song" and "Here Comes Nothing" both show the more dissonant side of the band, with abstract melodies and seemingly clashing parts. Yet, they all tie together the melodies nicely to create a hard rocking sound.
Even with the song "Torture," an old school sing-along type chorus sounds more in the vein of the sounds of modern rock with the scratch and wail of the distortion on everything.
"Hawaiian Love Song", "Powertie, " and "Hang Onto Yourself" stand out as the more unique sounding songs, and a better venue that showcases the band's melodic side, yet their willingness to let go and go nuts.
Shesus, though tough, and full of feeling, fall short of making themselves stand out as a band. They don't add anything that turns the head or ear, yet, all in all, are a solid, rocking unit.
Tom Fraher is a Contributing Writer. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.