Shockwave Riderz, “Dearest”

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 04.07.14 in Listen to This

An updating of the Mickey & Sylvia classic, re-tooled for the biker punk set, Shockwave Riderz’ “Dearest” takes a slow cruise in a ’50s Caddy to Lovers’ Lane, vocalists Phil Boyd and Sara Mac making eyes at each other the whole way. It’s a sweet, unassuming little number, a kind of malt-shop jukebox ballad drizzled with just enough distortion to keep it from sounding hopelessly retro. It’s a welcome reworking of a classic, perfectly recreating the original’s sugar frosting, but sprinkling it ever so slightly with sand.