Valentine's Day does not belong to crooners in tuxedos or violin sonatas by candlelight. Proof of this can be found in this offering from local jam band Ketchy Shuby. In their "Valentine's Day," there are skanking upstrokes in place of come hither vocals and sunshine warm enough to melt the cheese right out of a Hallmark card instead of a flickering candle.
Now, to be fair, the poetic content of the song will not be moving anyone to tears. But, that's not the point. Lyrics like "I just want to say/On this beautiful day/Happy Valentines Day/Oh what a good day" are only accents on top of the uplifted groove.
"Ooohs" and "la la las" add playful vocal color elsewhere in this tune which ignite a bit of Valentine's warmth in the chest region and bring a smile across the face.
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If you happened to have fallen in love with the band when you watched that video, you can deliver them a belated Valentine's card this Thursday when the band plays an Aura pre-party at the Stage in Miami.
Aura pre-party with the Resolvers and Ketchy Shuby. 9 p.m. Thursday, February 16 at the Stage, 170 NE 38 St., Miami. Tickets cost $10. Click here.