Shannon & The Clams is a West coast-based band comprised of Shannon Shaw (bass/vocals), Cody Blanchard (guitar/vocals), Will Sprott (keys/synth), and Nate Mahan (drums). Their style, aesthetic, sound, and overall vibe is one-of-a-kind—if you haven’t heard them before, now’s your chance to seriously enhance your music library and gain some cool points.
Their sound is a combination of doo-wop and surf rock, with a pinch of punk. They put a whole new spin on the love song AND the heartbreak song. From their fast and fun EP “Hunk Hunt” to their full-length “Gone By The Dawn,” everything they put out is executed with their Shannon & The Clams flair, which is crazy unique and unequivocally matchless—is that redundant? Well, it’s true. I can’t stress how one-of-a-kind this band is.
Luckily for me and other New Yorker fans they played three shows at Baby’s All Right. Each night sold out and I was able to wiggle my way onto the list to report back to those who missed it.
I attended the first night on Sunday, Jan. 15, which had Hideout and The Brooklyn Bluebirds opening.
Flyer courtesy of Baby’s All Right.
Hideout is a Manhattan-based project created by Gabriel Rodriguez of Cults. So, as you can assume, it’s got a similar vibe to Cults, however with even catchier tunes and a more relatable vibe. Hideout is more of a melodic take on indie rock, with some experimental beats and melodies that keep you wanting more.
The Brooklyn Bluebirds, who will be playing with Mungo Jerry and Bloodshot Bill at Brooklyn Bazaar on Jan. 24, are a Brooklyn-based doo-wop group. When I say doo-wop, I don’t mean a band that has some notes that sound inspired by old doo-wop song. I mean a band that covers serious doo-wop songs, in classic doo-wop fashion, that’ll get you singing along and swinging those hips! Fronted by the infamous Andy Animal, who’s simultaneously well known and underground, the group does a flawless job of adding a zing of edge to songs like “Duke of Earl” originally by Gene Chandler in 1962, the classic “Blue Moon,” and even “Under the Boardwalk” by the Drifters from 1964.
Hideout and The Brooklyn Bluebirds did an impeccable job in getting the crowd ready for Shannon & The Clams. They both were able to provide an atmosphere that balanced chaos and romance—just how a night should be, if you ask me!
The place was, of course, packed—especially once Shannon & The Clams took stage. I don’t even need to dwell on the technicalities of the performance; even when they mess-up and start the song over again, or just power through it, they still sound amazing. We were graced with several new songs that sounded very promising for another favorite record to be produced for the fans.
The night ended with a few encore songs and a very content crowd. The members of all the bands roamed around the venue saying hi to everyone and taking shots of tequila before the place finally started to clear out.
Hey Shannon & The Clams, you should probably put a Best Of out already! K, thanks.