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The Shake - Kick It Review

by Gary Schwind

This is a very intriguing band to me. Their sound combines the best of 60s psych/garage with the sort of lo-fi sounds produced by bands like The Strokes and The White Stripes. On top of that, the vocals of this band sound like Liam Gallagher. With all that, you can see why I find the band so intriguing.

The Shake believes in prominent guitar riffs. This album contains lots of psychedelic guitar work, including riffs that sound like Clutch ("Dyin' Ain't the End of the World") and Smashing Pumpkins ("Let Me Take You Far Away"). "Let Me Take You Far Away" is a great example of the dichotomy of this band. The riff in the intro of the song reminds me a lot of "Today" by Smashing Pumpkins and the melody reminds me a bit of "That Thing You Do." Another great example is in "Stop Fighting." This song features the 60s garage sound prominent throughout the album, then proceeds to a piano part that reminds me of Billy Joel. As if that weren't enough, the band then finishes the song with a heavy psychedelic sound. Unusual? Difficult to pull off? Yes, but the band does it pretty well.

If you like big guitar riffs, rumbling bass lines, and hard-hitting drums, this is a band you should check out. Or, if you just like bands with an acumen for incorporating a vast array of influences, The Shake might be a band that belongs in your collection.

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