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The Shake
Kick It
Unicycle Records
December 4, 2007

Drawing on garage influences as varied as Count Five and the Hives, The Shake has a sound at once current and somewhat timeless. The great sweeps and surges of whah-whah guitar strains throughout Kick It feel fresh again and neatly interwoven into the endless, crashing powerchords.

The blissfully sloppy chug of tracks like “Manic Boogie” incite a reckless energy despite the stuck-in-the-sixties shoutouts against square dudes that force other people to cut their hair and turn their music down. But the layered, frenetic electric jolt toward the end of the track rallies, lifting the melody upward into the ranks of other revivalist revolutionaries (Kings of Leon comes to mind).

The brief disc (under half an hour, with a bonus track!) reaches a quick crest, as highlight track “Outcast” shifts and morphs through a handful of tonalities and timechanges. Frantic garage buzz slowly morphs into a wash of voice and cymbal finally settling into a shuffling, bustling beehive of fuzz before asking the inevitable question, “What can you do?” in a nasally drawl reminiscent of Oasis’ famous frontmen.

“Stop Fighting” finds the group playing dress up in the psychedelic duds of the first wave of garage, spewing lines cut straight from some love-in, acid flashback jag, “Love is all around you / Love is all around.” As soon as the Shake learns to utilize the voice of its members’ generation (and not those of their parents’), this band could be one to watch.

Favorite Track: “Outcast”

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