Razorcake Review July 2021
MONTY VEGA & THE SITTIN’ SHIVAS: Closed No Fun: CS July 20, 2021 Monty Vega & The Sittin’ Shivas are one of my favorite discoveries of 2021 so far. The band’s ’60s power pop meets Ramones-esque punk sound had me rocking out from the opening notes of “Last Step,” the first of fourteen tracks jammed onto this album. The needle on the gauge between their power pop and Ramones influences swings from track to track, but I enjoyed the variety this provided. Every one of the songs on Closed No Fun is a banger, making it hard to pick a favorite, but there’s also nothing that you don’t want to hear after repeated listens. I particularly enjoyed their cover of Scandal’s “Goodbye to You,” an example obviously leaning more towards the power pop end of their sound, but with an edge to their version not present in the original.
–Paul J. Comeau
Meet Monty Vega…
Monty Vega & The Sittin’ Shivas play rock and roll the way it’s supposed to be. They use only the best ingredients- generous portions of raw glam and punk, a spoonful of soul, and a dash of piss n vinegar. All served with heaping side of super sweet bubblegum. Chew out some rhythms with Monty Vega & The Sittin’ Shivas – but watch out for the hooks.