Upset The Rhythm presents...
SHANNON & THE CLAMS
Wednesday 4 June
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, N1 9JB
8pm | £9 | http://www.wegottickets.com/event/268291
SHANNON AND THE CLAMS are from Oakland, California and comprise of Shannon Shaw (vocals, bass), Cody Blanchard (vocals, guitar), and Ian Amberson (drums, vocals). Sounding like a prom band from 1964 getting dosed with acid and having the sweetest lovelorn freak out, Shannon And The Clams defy expectations. Imagine a brawling Etta James, backed up by the 13th Floor Elevators singing Shangri La's tunes. Shannon has a voice that can go from a sweet girl group croon to a bluesy ballsy growl before you realize you're headed for the (dance) floor. It's total punk rock bop, brimming with doo-wop glory delivered to your door by the Homecoming Queen and Kings of weirdo rock 'n' roll. What started as an open mic project for a shy, young Shannon to try out some tunes ended with the Clams meeting and forming a band. Many have said to have been possessed by thee (eerily similar at times) haunted howls and beautiful growls of their two lead vocalists, hypnotized by their heavy heartbeats, and mesmerized by their magical music. Your ears may become infested with a real Buddy Holly jolly kinda joy (oh boy) while you stutter along to a hiccupy song. Take a scratch and a sniff at these stickers and get bit by their bad-brained snarls. It's always Christmas (if you want it). It's your party time, and it's excellent. Cry-yi-yi if you want to, but be sure to surf a splish-splash with a laugh later. The band's first LP for Hardly Art, 'Dreams in the Rat House' was released last year!
JOEY FOURR has spent two prolific years patiently writing, recording and producing eleven EP's. Now, Joey has recruited members of Dog Legs (Moe Meade) and Halo Halo (Jack Barraclough) to transform his colourful, bewildering butterfly-filled cavern of hooks, underwater drums and shimmery vocals, into springing cartoon animated guitar licks and fuzzed out bass lines. The new band formation are helping to bring to life two years worth of hibernated, bedroom experimentation into a fully bloomed, multi-coloured visceral live experience.
WITCHING WAVES are a post-punk duo from London, reminiscent of beat happening/the au pairs. Emma Wigham and Mark Jasper started making music together last year and are currently preparing to unleash the fruits of their labour in the form of a new cassingle, via the ever-worthy Soft Power Records. Lead track ‘Concrete‘ is a brash and menacing three-and-a-half minutes where limbs flail, eyes glare and pulse rates rise and rise and rise until you’re either sprinting away from them as fast as possible, or following them down whichever alley they lead you.