Vale of Paradise
Shotgun Elvis is loaded with attitude, armed with great songs and prone to incite a good deal of slam-dancing and pogo-ing wherever the group performs. Shotgun Elvis proudly carries on the tradition of punk's previous generational forbearers like The Clash, Rancid and Social Distortion. While those bands admirably carried the punk rock torch from the late-1970s through the early 1990s, the latest 'Hot Topic' generation of bands like Good Charlotte have opted to sugar-coat it with trendy pop-flavorings and focus more on fashion than musical substance. Fortunately for the genre, bands like Shotgun Elvis are ensuring that true punk will survive the invasion of prefabricated poseurs. This powerful trio -- guitarist/vocalist Fro Leetz, bassist Sammy Carlson and drummer Bobby Shaw -- bust out songs fueled by pounding three-chord sonic assaults and rife with catchy lyrics about temptations, bad romances and other shady aspects of life gone awry. The current Shotgun Elvis live show is carried out with wild abandon and unstoppable energy. The set list includes most of the selections featured on it's outstanding debut CD, 'Somewhere In Chicago,' along with several of the newer tunes earmarked for the band's sophomore album, 'Vale Of Paradise.'