Shannon & The Clams soar on latest album ‘Gone By the Dawn’

Shannon & The Clams‘Gone By the Dawn’
Shannon & The Clams (Hardly Art)
4 stars out of 5

I first heard Shannon Shaw sing as a supporting player on Hunx & His Punx’ 2011 debut “Too Young to Be in Love” and later on 2013 gem “Street Punk.” That led me to the music she makes with her own outfit, garage punk trio Shannon & The Clams … and I’ve been a fan ever since.

Shannon & The Clams CDShannon & The Clams came into their own on 2013 release “Dreams in the Rat House,” a terrific offering with a sound that was decidedly retro and suitably rough around the edges. Shaw (vocals/bass) and bandmates Cody Blanchard (guitar/vocals) and Nate Mayhem (drums) continue dabbling in everything from garage rock and punk to doowop and surf on rock-solid new release “Gone By the Dawn.”

The charismatic Shaw steals the show (with ample support from Blanchard and Mayhem) on a 13-track, 40-minute release that should raise the band’s profile considerably. Among the many keepers here are “I Will Miss the Jasmine,” “Point of Being Right,” “How Long,” the title track, “Corvette,” “Knock ‘Em Dead” and “You Let Me Rust.” Highly recommended. (Jeffrey Sisk)

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