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Shifty & The Gears are NOT your parents’ rockabilly band!

This 3 piece group is the bastard child of roots rock & roll and modern rock with a gritty edge.

Our mix of hard driving beats with tasteful precision, reminiscent of the original rockabilly style combined with “Shifty” Matt Scherf’s blend of classic slap bass with punk rock ethos provides a solid foundation of rhythm.  Throw in the surf/rock/punk guitar style of Keith Calmes and Mike Textor's precision timing on the drums and you have a delicious mixture of vintage style and modern day attitude.

Shifty & The Gears are influenced by such greats as Elvis Presley, Eddie Cochran, Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash.  Also influential to our sound are punk bands like the Ramones and the Clash, and modern psychobilly acts like the Meteors, Necromantix, and the Koffin Kats.

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Come on out and get the holiday season going with Shifty & The Gears!

One of the best Tiki bars in NJ asked us to come on out and get you shaking and groovin' on the dance floor!
When: December 20, 2019
Time: 10PM until 1AM
Where: Little Buddy Hideaway
550 Cookman Ave
Asbury Park, NJ

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