As I’m writing this, I’m thinking back to a few years back when it felt like Shannon and the Clams were everyone’s little secret love affair. The name had gotten some buzz, but I don’t think I met more than a couple of people that were totally committed to the cause. But, with songs like this, it’s easy to see how the band has woven its way into the hearts of everyone. There’s a certain credibility to Shannon’s work in various garage/indie rock circles, but the band also has a timeless sound that is undeniable. Gone by the Dawn, the band’s new LP will be out via Hardly Art on September 11th.
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This track has been everywhere the last few days, but I’m just getting back to civilization, so excuse my tardiness. It’s good to see that Shannon and the Clams are back at it, and they return with a sultry twang that should definitely put them on more people’s radar. It’s a sound that falls right in line with the band’s nostalgic nods they’ve been making over the years; this time the group rolls through the track slowly allowing Shannon’s voice to be the superstar (it always was). Their new album, Gone by the Dawn, comes September 11th via Hardly Art. Check the video for the song HERE.
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I have an inkling that it’s going to be a really good year for the trio that is Guantanamo Baywatch. They had a really good buzz both before and after SXSW, and the more we hear from their forthcoming album, the more we here at ATH are falling in love. Their latest track has the band falling in line with like-minded artists the Shivas or Shannon and the Clams; the bands all have a knack for blending elements of garage rock with the purity of doo-wop. It’s the sort of tunes you’d play to let your folks get hip to your good tastes. Look for Darling…It’s Too Late, their latest, on May 12th by way of Suicide Squeeze.
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Earlier this year we brought you the great tune from Guantanamo Baywatch for their new split 7″ on Suicide Squeeze, so we’d be in trouble if we didn’t share both sides of the coin, right? Besides, I’ve always enjoyed listening to Shannon and the Clams. She’s got this soulful voice that just seems huge, whether it’s in the live setting or coming through your speakers. Personally, I love how the Clams switch to this swinging ballad to a jittery boogie that’s sure to get crowds riled up; it’s one of the many staples of the group’s sounds. This new single will be released on April 29th, but make sure you get your hands on it early.
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Ah, yes, it’s time for the Suicide Squeeze Singles to start rolling out, and they’re starting with a bang. Their new series begins with a split between ATH favorites Shannon and the Clams and Guantanamo Baywatch. Last time I heard from GB, they were rocking a sweaty punk style, but this new jam seems like the perfect fit for a shared 7″ with Shannon. It’s a country-tied garage jam with a slow pace and lyrics that will allow you optimal sing-a-long fun. This single will hit stores on April 29th, but you can catch the band playing throughout Austin during SXSW, including the SS Party with our friends at Hardly Art on March 14th.
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Sure, we knew it was going to be a sweat night, with temperatures still bordering on 100 when the bands took the stage at The Mohawk, but how hot would it get? Real hot. Sweat from bands, sweat from fans and sweat from our drinks. Regardless, the rock must go on, and rock it did. A Giant Dog, Shannon and the Clams and Mikal Cronin get commendations for valor in the face of hair dryer air.
Read on for our thoughts on all the bands and see B.Gray’s pretty photos.
||Thursday, June 27th
||7 PM – Show at 8
||$10 from Mohawk
Many of you know Mikal Cronin as one of the guys that makes Ty Segall sound so incredible live, but the guy’s been putting out music with various outfits, not to mention his own solo work. Recently, he released MCII, and I guarantee you that the album will end up on year end lists. But, there’s two incredible openers that need your support. Shannon and the Clams have been doing their own soulful garage rock for quite some time, always bringing the energy live. Finally, be there by 8 to catch local band A Giant Dog, who feature members of OBN IIIs and Bobby Jealousy…that alone should be enough to get you out. Plus, if you stay around afterwards you can catch local boys Sweet Talk and Act Rights.
Download:Mikal Cronin – Apathy [MP3]
As the release of their new album, Dreams in the Rat House, nears its May 21st release date on Hardly Art Records, Shannon and The Clams want to offer us more free music. This new tune to get you excited for the album release is called “Into a Dream” and features some of the things we love about this band. Again you’ll hear the soulful old school style doo wop song with Shannon showing her range that could rival most anyone. I’m expecting even better things from the band once we get to hear the full album.
Download: Shannon And TheClams – Into A Dream [MP3]
I’m so excited for both Hardly Art and Shannon & the Clams! The two have joined up to release the next record from Shannon and her posse, titled Dreams in the Rat House; it comes out on the label on May 21st. I’ve long enjoyed Shannon’s work, and not just with the Clams, but with the other projects she’s taken a liking to throughout the years, such as Hunx. This tune illustrates her penchant for tossing her raspy voice into the mix on an otherwise soul-influenced track; she’s definitely gritty, but also has an incredible range. I think this is my favorite union of the year so far!
Download: Shannon & the Clams – Rip Van Winkle [MP3]
One of the great things about hitting up the record store on new release day is stumbling upon tunes you weren’t expecting, like this new tune from Shannon and the Clams. The band’s been sort of quiet, but that’s probably because Shannon’s been touring with Hunx. However, the group is back with a few new 7″ records, and this one comes out from Volar Records (I picked it up last night). Shannon has a voice that sounds like the heir apparent to Janis Joplin, and I mean that in a flattering sense, as very few people can combine the raspy and the soulful and pull it off; this young lady can definitely do it.
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