Rob’s Album Of The Week: Ravi Shavi’s Special Hazards

Rob Duguay
3 min readJul 15, 2020

Providence’s Ravi Shavi make music that’s contagious. It’s classic garage rock that flows rhythms, charisma and swagger. This often results in people dancing, moving around and going absolutely bonkers immediately after theiy hear the first strum from frontman Rafay Rashid’s guitar. They’re such an exciting band to be immersed in and their third LP, Special Hazards, that was self-released on July 13 is another great showcase of what they bring musically. If you love the fury and energy of rock & roll, this album is ideal listening material.

In the album, Rashid is joined by an ensemble cast of musicians. New York City based drummer Harrison Keithline lends his talents on every track. Deer Tick’s Ian O’Neil, Nova One’s Roz Raskin and Emily Shaw & Kate Jones from The Sugar Honey Iced Tea are also involved in various songs. Jesse McFadden produced and engineered the record while Bradford Krieger handled the mastering. There’s definitely a bit more of a polish to Special Hazards versus Ravi Shavi’s previous releases, but it maintains that trademark edge to the way it sounds.

With COVID-19 still being here, do you feel a bit detached from everything? Like you’re not making an effort to do so but the amount of time you’ve spent inside has gotten you trapped in your own head? That’s what I’ve been sort of feeling these days. As the numbers of cases nationwide once again increase, my natural sense of optimism keeps on giving me hope. It’s a weird feeling to have when everywhere you look things seem to be falling apart. I don’t know about you, but listening to music is still keeping me somewhat sane during all of this. To maintain this sense of sanity, here are my top tracks off of the Album Of The Week:

“Casino” is the final song on the album, but it concludes it all with a bang. The chorus roars with “Give me a sign!” while the backing vocals repeat “What’s your deal?” and it’s stupendously excellent. There’s a bit of a slacker vibe in “Company” but I’m pretty sure that’s on purpose. Keithline’s drumming is spot on from beginning to end. A soulful ballad is the best way to describe “Violence” and there’s even a doo-wop quality to it that’s enjoyable.

A few venues around Rhode Island are putting on outdoor shows and utilizing their versatility, but for the most part COVID-19 has put live music on hold. It’s nice to see places reopening, but caution is definitely key. To be honest, it’s going to be a few more months until you see me partaking in any social activities. All I can say is stay safe and wear a mask when you’re out in public. The best way to stay safe is to stay inside and turn up the new album from Ravi Shavi because it’s awesome.

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Rob Duguay

Editor-In-Chief & Founder of Culture Beat on Medium. Freelance Arts & Entertainment Journalist based in Providence, RI. Email: rob.c.duguay@gmail.com