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Shake Some Action!

by Shake Some Action!

"hook-laden, lush and timeless. After a few listens you will be utterly smitten with this band" -
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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1. Sound Of Your Mind
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2. Complicated
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3. I Can See Where This Is Going Now
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4. Orange Peel
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5. Damaged
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6. Without You
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7. Not Even Close
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8. Couldn't Help Yourself
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9. You've Got It Made
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10. Wasting Time
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11. Someone Else's Friend
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12. What You Want Me To Do
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Album Notes
Shake Some Action! is a dynamic power-pop band from Seattle.

Recalling an era when jangly guitars and rich vocal harmonies fueled melodic pop songs, the band's influences are such luminaries as the La’s, Hoodoo Gurus, the Kinks, the Beatles, You Am I, Stone Roses, Big Star, the Hummingbirds, the Small Faces and Teenage Fanclub.

The band was started in early 2006 by Australian songwriter/guitarist James Hall, after the breakup of his former band, the Jeunes. The Jeunes had generated some buzz in the Seattle scene in 2004 with local airplay and label interest, famously making a fan of London DJ/musician Jyoti Mishra, aka White Town (who had a worldwide #1 hit with Your Woman in 1997) after he randomly downloaded their EP from an internet newsgroup.

Reviewing the same EP, said:

"The music is hook-laden, lush and timeless. After a few listens, you will be utterly smitten with this band."

Unfortunately the Jeunes disbanded in the fall of 2005, "to the dismay of fans… especially because so many of the Jeunes’ great songs had never been recorded and were therefore lost forever." - KEXP blog

Aware of this, Hall retreated to his home studio and set about making an album throughout 2006, playing all the instruments himself, with the intention of recording definitive versions of songs he'd written for the Jeunes. Along the way, some new songs were written and the project took on a life of its own. Hall named the project Shake Some Action!, inspired by the quintessential power-pop song of the same name by the Flamin' Groovies.

While the recording of the album was mostly a solo affair (apart from some lead guitar work by David Bos "flown in" from demos recorded a year earlier by the Jeunes), to support the release of the record, Hall has put together a sterling live band to play a limited number of shows in Seattle in late 2006/early 2007. Joining him are David Bos (Daylight Basement, the Jeunes) on guitar, Gary Miller (the Scheme) on bass and Chris Campbell (the Scheme, Zero Points) on drums.

Released in January 2007, their self titled debut has received outstanding reviews across the globe. It immediately went into heavy rotation on renowned Seattle station KEXP 90.3FM and debuted at #9 on their album chart in its week of release.

"Live at the Crocodile", a high energy live recording from Seattle's legendary Crocodile Cafe, is also now available.



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Blues Bunny

Power pop-tastic!
All solid drum beats, jangling guitars and tight melodies this is a fine piece of brisk power pop. At times coming across as a combination of the Velvet Underground meeting the Small Faces, with just a hint of Manchester’s late 80’s and early 90’s sound thrown in, we have an intriguing combination. And it has to be said a very satisfying one as well. “Damaged” really stands out as the hook loaded highlight of the album; although “Couldn’t Help Yourself” is another winner.

Sam Gnerre - the Daily Breeze

rock 'n' roll at its least affected -- and most affecting
The year has just begun, and already the first knockout by an unknown band from out of left field has arrived.

Taking their name from the wonderful Flamin' Groovies song of the same name, Seattle's Shake Some Action! has created something wonderful all its own.

The quintet has pulled its influences from all over the map. One can detect echoes of 1980s Australian band the Hoodoo Gurus, Oasis at its least pompous and most invigorating, the jangling rush of Teenage Fanclub, and yes, the Flamin' Groovies during that band's mid-1970s British Invasion fixation.

It sounds derivative on paper, but it all flows fluently through the band's capable hands into an effortless, cohesive whole right from the start. The opening "Sound of Your Mind" showcases everything SSA does well -- a killer tune, dynamic guitars, James Hall's powerful Robyn Hitchcock-on-steroids vocals, a brief, blazing solo -- and brings it all together in just over two minutes.

The La's would have loved to have had "Without You" as the follow up to "There She Goes"; it has a similar soaring quality. Lyrics lamenting lost innocence and the pitfalls of growing older are nothing new, but "Complicated" shows that they can still have poignancy when served up with ringing guitars and a melody you'll have trouble getting out of your head.

Add stinging rockers such as "Damaged" and "What You Want Me to Do," and the result is an album alive with the simple joys of guitar-based, hook-filled rock 'n' roll at its least affected -- and most affecting.

Erik Gonzalez

"full of hooks and dripping with vocal and instrumental harmonies that would mak
Some people say it's wrong to love power pop. Rock music shouldn't be catchy and melodic, they say, it should be screeching and rebellious. They're wrong. Completely. Anyone who has popped in Matthew Sweet's Girlfriend or Elvis Costello & the Attraction's Armed Forces knows better. This rock captures more heart than any noise rock could hope to in any 15 minute distorted epic.

Power pop is the realm where Shake Some Action! exist: finely crafted songs you can dance to with a bittersweet edge that make them perfect for any guy or gal who likes to rock but has, you know, feelings. Yay for feelings!

For those of you who linger in the Pacific Northwest, Shake Some Action! is actually a new incarnation of The Jeunes, and a lot of what you hear is the child of former frontman James Hall. He comes across as part Poster Children, part Stone Roses, and part aforementioned Matthew Sweet. Most of Shake Some Action! songs have an undeniable catchiness without being overtly cheesy or poppy (yeah, we're not talking John Mayer or Jack Johnson territory here). The album itself is almost entirely Hall taking on all the instruments (with help from David Bos on the guitar), but it has a cohesive sound that speaks volumes for a "new act" like Shake Some Action!

Opening track "Sound of Your Mind" sounds like a lost track from Teenage Fanclub's classic Bandwagonesque, with rich guitars overlain over more guitars all leading into the vocal harmonies of the chorus. It's exactly the type of song you want to lead an album such as this: loaded with pop sensibility but also a bit of bittersweet regret and topped with lots and lots of guitars. "Complicated" continues the trend with more of a Matthew Sweet feel and tone as Hall sings "How did it get so complicated/yesterday was so easy." Something about the combination of regret and vocal harmonies that is hard to explain, but feels so right. Things slow down a bit on "Orange Peel" and "Wasting Time," songs that feel like something from the long-lost Gigolo Aunts (everybody remembers them, right?). "Wasting Time" is especially strong, with a touch of 60's organ, horns and tapped rhythms that make it possibly the most fully realized song on Shake Some Action!, at least melodically, almost veering into Roy Orbison territory.

However, the real strength for Shake Some Action! is the rock, and the pinnacles are probably "Damaged," "What You Want Me To Do," and "Someone Else's Friend". They're full of hooks and dripping with vocal and instrumental harmonies that would make The La's blush. "Someone Else's Friend" might be the most satisfying song on the album, writhing back and forth from a pure power pop gem to a more restrained power ballad. "Damaged" is a more Springsteen-like in its take, asking "I've been wondering/how'd you end up so damaged?" over pure late 70's/early 80's guitar, almost bordering of being U2-like in their tonality. However, "What You Want Me To Do" is destined to be the crowd number live, right down to the barely audible countdown at the beginning — this takes the Shake Some Action! sound to the streets, crashing the guitars and driving the drums into a nearly perfect power pop gem, right down to the bass solo criss-crossed with guitars. I couldn't think of a better way to close out the disc.

Shake Some Action!'s self-titled album is a strong debut from Hall and the gang. While it might not be the most original indie rock disc to come out, it doesn't hold anything back for its 37 minute run time and what it does, it does well. There is nothing wrong with rock for rock's sake and that is what Shake Some Action! offers to the listening public: something to dance to, even if you think you're too cool to dance to it.


"these guys are special"
"Some bands are formed through a labor of love for the genre. James Hall has taken his love and turned it into a damn good pop band in Seattle. Rich jangley guitars and melodic chorus, with a bit more muscle than your average pop band. But trying to catagorize Shake Some Action is not so easy. They have a great Byrdsian guitar sound with a bit of '90s styled song structure. Kinda like Midnight Oil meets The Byrds. "Damaged" and "Couldn't Help Yourself" are great examples of this. Even better is the track "Without You" - a really catchy tune with a little beatle-y background chorus. It reminds me alot of Kenny Howes approach to power pop. So you see these guys are special. The track "Someone else's friend" pulls out all the jangle stops and almost sounds like a Jason Falkner track! The album really delivers the goods."


SHAZAM! Awesome CD - first heard it on KEXP and just got my copy last week... nobody in Toronto has ever heard of this band... a tour is in order!

Not Lame

Extremely Highly Recommended!!!
"The name says it all folks. If a band names themselves after a classic Flamin' Groovies track, they better deliver the goods. Shake Some Action! do and bring a perfect hybrid of jangled-up pop delight that brings to mind not only the Groovies, but mid/late 80`s jangle faves like The La`s, Gigolo Aunts, The Mighty Lemon Drops, Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians and Matthew Sweet. . . Extremely Highly Recommended!!!"

Don Yates, KEXP 90.3 FM Music Director

"packed with rich harmonies and indelible hooks"
"Named after the classic Flamin’ Groovies song, this Seattle band led by Australian-born James Hall rose from the ashes of the Jeunes. Their debut album is a remarkably well-crafted set of jangly power pop packed with rich harmonies and indelible hooks reminiscent of Hoodoo Gurus, the La’s and other pop greats."

Kool Kat Musik

"A brilliant debut! GREAT!!!"
"You gotta love the name! And they live up to it! BIG TIME! The brainchild of Australian singer/songwriter James Hall (who sounds like Dave Faulkner of The Hoodoo Gurus at times), former frontman of the Jeunes . . . Very Brit-Pop leaning and bursting with jangly and crunchy guitars! A brilliant debut! GREAT!!!