The Shake Are Coming
THE SHAKE counts several of the original “British invasion” bands among their influences. Parallels to the Yardbirds, the Small Faces and the early Rolling Stones are apparent in many of their songs. But what give THE SHAKE their versatility are the individual band members’ varied influences. Merkin cites BritRock acts like Oasis and the Kinks while Shapiro prefers the classic rock styling of Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, and guitar greats Muddy Waters and Elmore James. Stein revels in old-school punk like the Ramones and early Green Day, while McNellis is a Jazz connoisseur. When you add all this together and mix it with their youthful enthusiasm, the result is the unique sound that is THE SHAKE.
Virtually all of the songs were recorded without tracking. Shapiro feels “tracking is almost soulless. Mistakes are honest. The details are in the mistakes and we wanted to keep the album as real and as pure as possible.” That’s also why the band opted to stay away from a clicktrack, because “it gave us that ‘you are on heroin feel'.”