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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.

Biography

Formed: Oakland, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Channeling doo wop, Buddy Holly-like early rock rhythms, 1960s girl groups, and garage psych bands, with a dose of R&B, surf, and punk all thrown in, too, Oakland, California's Shannon and the Clams are led by the woops, yelps, and impassioned, powerful vocals of bassist Shannon Shaw, with Cody Blanchard (vocals, guitar) and Ian Amberson (vocals, drums) rounding things out. Known for wild, off-kilter, and exciting live shows in the Bay Area (one reviewer described the band as sounding like "a...
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