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American School of Warsaw/Shim
July 27, 2006 - The High Dive - Seattle, WA
by Katie Sauro
08.06.06

Local five-piece American School of Warsaw rocked the rather large Thursday night crowd in Kane Hodder-ish fashion, complete with hard-driving guitars, heavy rhythms and a shrieking glasses-clad frontman. ASOW’s grungy metal tendencies and domineering swagger are not for the faint of heart, nor the tender of ears, aspects that make for a rousing, testosterone-riddled set—and they certainly delivered just that. ASOW are a very impressive band, drawing comparison not only to the aforementioned Hodder, but to local cult faves like the Ruby Doe and Schoolyard Heroes, though I must say that they are at their best when the undulated screaming is kept to a minimum.

Next up was a ‘70s classic rock revival provided by headliners and long-time Wig favorites, Shim, who revved up the crowd with bright lights, smoke machines and shatteringly powerful guitars. As always, Shim put on a fantastic set, including “We Got Guns,” and full-on metal number, “Satisfied,” as well as a few new songs to add to their already-stellar repertoire.

This is the way rock should be. Pure, unadulterated rock ‘n roll provided by two amazing bands that, goddamn it, make you feel good to be alive.

American School of Warsaw’s latest disc
Principals of Combustion is out now. For more info. On the bands, check out www.myspace.com/americanschoolofwarsaw and www.myspace.com/shim.