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One of the Bay Area’s best-kept secrets, Shannon & The Clams play unapologetically '60s-inspired garage rock. Yet it's not your standard retro garage rock; this is off-the-rails music that filters infectious girl-group harmonies through a proto-punk attack on par with The Trashmen. A delightfully lo-fi production gives I Wanna Go Home the feel of playing scratchy 45 singles. On “Troublemaker,” Shannon Shaw’s raspy, soulful voice resembles Scottish vocalist Lulu crooning on a 1965 episode of Shindig!. “The Warlock in the Woods” follows with an even scratchier, no-fi anti-production. But if you listen closely through the static and hiss, you can hear a band that’s a bona fide powerhouse in a live setting—especially the rhythm section, which pounds out explosive surf-stompers over what sounds like a pawnshop Fender mustang. The garage doo-wop track “Cry Aye Aye Aye” plays with an early-'60s melodrama that John Waters would eat up.


Formed: 2009 in Oakland, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Mixing together the doo wop and early rock & roll of the '50s, the dramatic girl group sounds of the '60s, and some punky snarl imported from 1977, Oakland, California's Shannon & the Clams came up with a sound that was charmingly retro but never stale. Formed in the late 2000s by vocalist/bassist Shannon Shaw, vocalist/guitarist Cody Blanchard, and drummer Ian Amberson while going to art school, they began playing shows around town and soon released a single on Weird Hug Records. They next hooked...
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