Bitchin' Seahorse

Bitchin' Seahorse

ShiSho, Kiernan Paradise

Sat ยท March 17, 2018

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm


Off Sale

This event is all ages

Bitchin' Seahorse
Bitchin' Seahorse
Bitchin' Seahorse was formed in the depths of the ocean from across the country based on mishearing a band name. Members from Red Pony Clock (SANDIEGO), Afternoon Naps (CLE), and International Waters (AUSTIN) come together and surf the ocean waves of ocean themed keyboard punk for grown-ups with a sense of humor. This will be their third US tour and they are proud to present some of their own special BS to you.
If They Might Be Giants and Kimya Dawson had baby daughters they powdered regularly with Joe Jack Talcum, they'd grow up to be ShiSho.

Real-life sisters Vivian and Midge Ramone are the quirky, indie pop band ShiSho from greater Akron, Ohio. At 19 and 16 years old, the girls have been writing and recording for 12 years. ShiSho performs their own brand of funny and intelligent music on accordion, guitar and ukulele.

We deliver a folk-punk performance in a darling way that completely catches people off guard, says older sister, Vivian. Its not planned. Its who we are. We love playing for crowds that arent familiar with ShiSho because we're a disconnect from first impressions. When you see two young girls in polka-dot dresses take the stage with an accordion and guitar, you don't expect to hear a hand-clapping song about a doll ripping your throat open and gnawing at your living skull! But you're delighted when we do.

ShiSho draws inspiration from acts like Kimya Dawson, The Dead Milkmen, Daniel Johnston, Shel Silverstein, Ween, and artists known for humor and clever word play. Always comical, sometimes political (In their 2014 single, My Dear Republicans - The Fiscal Cliff Song, ShiSho rhymes the names of all Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives in a plea for bipartisan compromise) Vivian and Midge do not cater to the typical tween audience. Though we're kids, we're not a band FOR kids, explains Midge. "We're not nasty or disrespectful. It's just that most kids aren't interested in the things we sing about. We almost got kicked off the stage at a big Girl Scout convention during a war protest song (a cover of Harvey and Felix's "America Will Punch You"). It's ok that den mothers don't like us because punk and indie moms do.

The band performs mostly original songs live. A crowd favorite is Rocks and Penalties a musical narrative about poison rainbows, puking unicorns and a Smiths reunion, released on Englands Filthy Little Angels Records in 2006. Vivian and Midge are seasoned performers, having played countless shows in noted music venues, radio & television shows, activist rallies, comic book conventions, museums, respected and festivals including Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest. They've performed with bands including Hop Along, Man Man, Cracker, They Might Be Giants, Kathleen Hanna, The Blow, Joe Jack Talcum, the Smoking Popes, Harry and the Potters, Kepi Ghoulie, Skating Polly, and more. Their music and performances have been described as, "wonky," "just barmy genius!," "goofballs... crazy... awesome... fun... mega-silly...," "the absolute dog's bollocks," and "I swear, it almost made me cry, how hard I was laughing."

"The name 'ShiSho' comes from a phase I invented as a safe alternative to a disrespectful one I was fooled into saying to my grandma once. We learned recently that it's a Japanese word to describe an inappropriate giggle," explains Vivian. "I think that fits us well."

In the summer of 2013 ShiSho released The Sisters EP a follow-up to their 2009 project Rainbow Jumpin Demos. It was introduced at a CD release show at the legendary New York City Bowery Electric. The EP features five original tracks including the comically nihilistic tribute, The Dead Milkmen Song" featuring the Dead Milkmen.

In 2013 their posters and stickers were displayed prominently in finale episode of British sitcom, "The IT Crowd." In 2012 they made their Dr. Demento Show debut with a Rebecca Black parody, "Friday (the 13th)," a collaboration with comedy rapper, Devo Spice.

Vivian and Midge are supporters of their local music scene. On weekends they aren't performing, you'll find them in local venues attending live shows. They are often invited on stage to perform along with their favorite hometown bands. In 2011 ShiSho was awarded 5th best local Akron band by the Akron Beacon Journal newspaper.

In addition to music ShiSho actively supports causes for social justice. In September 2011, they organized the RYE (Respect Your Elders) Rally, a 23 act fundraiser, to support 250 senior citizens evicted from their Kent, Ohio retirement community by a real estate developer. Vivian and Midge are also official Occupy Musicians and have been actively involved with Occupy Akron and Kent. Vivian volunteers to support local political causes.
Kiernan Paradise
Kiernan Paradise
Kiernan Paradise is the electronic pop solo project of Haley Morris.
Venue Information:
Beachland Tavern
15711 Waterloo
Cleveland, OH, 44110