by Bill Pearis

(photo by Barry C Douglas)
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Shovels make shouty, skronky, rhythm-heavy rock. It's a sound Australians do particularly well, and the band members currently split their time between Melbourne and San Francisco. Their 2014 self-titled LP came out via noise-friendly Aussie label Homeless and you can stream it in full below (the post-punky "Car Yards" is particularly good) while waiting for Shovels to finish their new record.

The band will soon gather themselves for a North American tour that hits NYC twice: June 16 at Kings County in Bushwick with Degreaser and Cyanide Tooth and June 17 at Cake Shop with Ballroom, Wilful Boys and Consolidated Plastics. All tour dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...

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SHOVELS - 2015 TOUR DATES
SATURDAY May 23 OAKLAND, CA - THE WHITEHORSE w/ Musk, Charlie Megira, Uffizi
SUNDAY May 24 - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - THE HEMLOCK w/ Robbery, Rays
TUES May 26 - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - LIVE TO AIR
WED May 27 - SACRAMENTO, CA - THE PRESS CLUB w/ Charlie Megira,
THURS May 28 - PORTLAND, OR - THE KNOW w/ Sleeping Beauties + Moon Jail
FRIDAY MAY 29 - SEATTLE, WA - THE HIGHLINE
SATURDAY MAY 30 - MISSOULA, MT
SUNDAY MAY 31 - MISSOULA, MT
MONDAY JUNE 1 BILLINGS, MT - THE RAILYARD
TUESDAY JUNE 2 BISMARCK, ND
WEDNESDAY JUNE 3 MINOT ND - PANGEA HOUSE
THURSDAY JUNE 4 MINNEAPOLIS, MN - HOUSE SHOW
FRIDAY JUNE 5 CHICAGO, IL TBC
SATURDAY JUNE 6 BLOOMINGTON IN - MAGNETIC SOUTH w/ Apache Dropout & Psychic Baos (Knoxville)
SUNDAY JUNE 7 LOUISVILLE, KY - MODERN CULT RECORDS
MONDAY JUNE 8 LAFAYETTE, IN - THE SPOT TAVERN
TUESDAY JUNE 9 COLUMBUS, OH - ACE OF CUPS
WEDNESDAY JUNE 10 DETROIT, MI
THURSDAY JUNE 11 CLEVELAND, OH - NOW THAT'S CLASS
FRIDAY JUNE 12 PHILADELPHIA - KUNG FU NECKTIE
SATURDAY JUNE 13 ASBURY PARK, NJ
SUNDAY JUNE 14 BALTIMORE, MD - OTTOBAR-
TUESDAY JUNE 16 BROOKLYN, NY - KINGS COUNTY w/ Degreaser & Cyanide Tooth
WEDNESDAY JUNE 17 NEW YORK, NY - CAKE SHOP w/ Ballroom, Wilful Boys & Consolidated Plastics
THURSDAY JUNE 18 NORTHAMPTON, MA w/ Magik Markers, Sore Eros & Riviner