“Shake Some Action! make sun-kissed Rickenbacker-rock that continues the tradition of the great power pop forbearers like the Kinks and Big Star, along with the jangle pop pioneers of the ‘80s like R.E.M. and the Feelies. The exclamation point amended to the name bears weight as well – their sound takes their influences’ jangly past and brings it into a caffeinated now, with high energy records and performances.” Jingle Punks Magazine
“Armed with two Rickenbacker guitars and endless harmonies, the group is a bunch of unabashed pop classicists, bringing to mind not just ’70s power-pop but the heyday of jangle-pop in the ’80s, from the REM ringing of the guitars to the Robyn Hitchcock edge delivery from singer/songwriter James Hall. Guitars and harmonies like this always sound so good” – Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AllMusic.com
“This Seattle band does what other great bands have done, getting better on the follow-up. . . .this record has even more catchy hooks and phenomenal guitar work. Know this band. Listen to this band.” – John Richards, Seattle Sound/KEXP
“They sound completely new and unheard, yet all the while familiar… as if they must exist as 60’s classics in some alternate universe.” Cincinnati Music Examiner
“A definite contender for best album in 2013.” Powerpopaholic
“One of the best power pop records released in the past couple of years. This is a jangle pop record par excellence.” – Tales From The Dropbox
“Like a really cool vintage suit, their jangly guitar sound’s got an old familiarity without being retro to a fault. Catch the Sun is the perfect album for jumping in a convertible, cruisin’ down the highway, and forgetting all your troubles.” – The Owl Mag
“Catch The Sun, the band’s fifth album, incorporates more toward hazy kaleidoscopic pop tones akin to those that Kevin Parker has so effectively mined with Tame Impala and Melody’s Echo Chamber. When Hall’s voice wavers over a jangly guitar line during the verses “Wait for the Summer”, he crafts a tone that splits the difference between psychedelic bliss and ’60s surf melodies.” – KEXP Seattle
“Yes, James Hall named his band after The Flamin’ Groovies’ most popular song. And yes, Shake Some Action! is a musical project that’s largely informed by the jingle-jangle power-pop of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. But where Hall’s other likeminded Seattle contemporaries rarely veer beyond the first three albums recorded by Big Star (cough, cough, The Posies, cough, cough), he gets more adventurous. Dig into the prolific man’s recordings and you’ll hear trace elements of more paisley underground sounding legends like The Rain Parade and The Three O’Clock. Hone in on Hall’s singing style and you’ll detect an anglophile approach that’s mined from early ‘90s EPs by The La’s and The Stone Roses.” – Michelle Solomon, Pandora
what the fans say . . . .
So there I am in the middle of a shop looking for something for secret santa when this song comes on over the PA- within a minute I’ve forgotten what I’m shopping for and my toes are tapping away. I’m instantly hooked- unfortunately the skivvy behind the counter doesn’t know what the track is-bummer! I type what sounds like the chorus line into google and within minutes I hit on this album.
This is classic “pop-rock” at its very best- beautifully crafted harmonies- raunchy guitar hooks- nothing too deep- just brilliant guitar songs that get into your head and stay there. The sound isn’t too processed and has an underlying garage feel too it giving a roughness that adds to the attraction. It’s all in here- the La’s, Oasis before they got too big for their boots, Stone Roses, Beatles, Small Faces, 1960’s/ 70’s and some of the great “Madchester” tracks of the 1990’s.
It’s like the first time you listened to the Stone Roses album- music to really get excited about. I’ve been playing it to people I know since I picked it up a week ago and everyone seems to like it. I guess music is a personal thing and this won’t be for everyone, but if you like catchy guitar music with fantastic vocals/ harmonies that really picks you up and makes you fly, this has to be it! It’s the best Album I’ve heard in over a decade- their other albums are just as good too!
Amazon UK reviewer of Shake Some Action!
Some of the best jangly, melodic pop you’ll hear all year. SSA do it right…with strong melodic hooks, and that Rickenbacker jangle blasting from the speakers!!
Amazon US reviewer of Full Fathom Five
Rickenbacker jangle heaven
This album is a MUST HAVE for every power pop/ Rickenbacker drenched jangle pop fan; listen to the soundbites, then buy it!! This 4th studio album by Seattle’s Shake Some Action! has echoes of 1964-65 era Byrds & Beatles (esp. tracks 5 & 12 reminiscent of Love me Do, Ticket to Ride) mixed w/Spongetones, Teenage Fanclub, Hoodoo Gurus & Flamin’ Groovies (from their Shake Some Action period – where this band took their name). The melodic hooks & vocal harmonies are fabulous. Recorded & produced by the band’s own native Australian James Hall, he supposedly recorded 20 song ideas the day he first plugged in his Rickenbacker, & spent the next year working on them; here are the 14 best surviving songs (42 minutes of jangle bliss!). My favorite album of 2013.
Amazon US reviewer of Full Fathom Five
Thanks to “Californication”
I first caught a snippet of “I Can See Where This Is Going Now” while I was watching a scene of “Californication.” Hank was pulling around the corner in his Porsche (with the obligatory smashed right headlight) and parking in front of his apartment as the tune was playing. Just hearing the four or five seconds of the song was enough to make me want to investigate it further. I found the source somewhere on the internet (doesn’t matter where). There was just something about the music – the jangly guitars and upbeat rhythms – it hit on all the right cylinders for me. Since purchasing the CD and listening to the entirety of it a dozen times or so, it has not worn out its welcome. It’s a good album…not a great album, but good enough to find a place in the lineup for me right now.
Amazon US reviewer of Shake Some Action!