SHANNON AND THE CLAMS
– NEW SINGLE ‘IT’S TOO LATE’ ONLINE NOW
– UK DATES THIS AUTUMN
– ALBUM ‘GONE BY THE DAWN’ DUE SEPT 11TH VIA HARDLY ART
San Francisco Bay Area trio Shannon and the Clams share another slice of their 1950s-flavoured garage punk sounds with new single ‘It’s Too Late’, taken from their forthcoming record ‘Gone By The Dawn’, which is due Sept 11th via Hardly Art. The band are set to play in the UK this November with a London show on November 11th.
‘It’s Too Late’ features lyrics and vocals by Clams guitarist Cody Blanchard, is rife with the kind of upbeat pop energy and crystalline production that characterizes ‘Gone by the Dawn’.
‘Gone by the Dawn’ is the band’s second album for Hardly Art, following 2013’s acclaimed ‘Dreams in the Rat House’.
The American West. America’s America. It was here in three very different worlds that Shannon and the Clams were spawned. From the dark redwood forests of Oregon emerged Cody Blanchard: singer and guitarist. The dusty walnut orchards and vineyards of northern California gave us Shannon Shaw: singer and bassist. Out of the lonely dunes of California’s central coast shambled Nate Mayhem: drummer and keys. These three talented visual artists were drawn separately to Oakland, California and it was there that the Clams began playing house parties and grimy clubs.
Gone by the Dawn, the newest Shannon and the Clams album, is their best work to date. The music is complex, the lyrical content is emotionally raw and honest, and the production is the strangest it’s ever been. The album was written as one member was recovering from a serious breakup and another was deep in one. The lyrics reflect it, and the entire album is dripping with sadness, pain, and introspection. Shannon and Cody have not written generic songs about love or the lack of it. Instead they have written about their very own specific heartbreak, mistreatment, and mental trials. The emotion is palpable. On Gone by the Dawn the Clams have DARED TO BE REAL. They’ve exposed their true emotions, which is what’s most moving about the album. People are scared to be so real. Society does not encourage it. Folks remain guarded to protect themselves from being mocked, punished, and becoming outcast . The Clams have opted to forgo the potential tongue-clucking finger-waggers, and have instead had the artistic courage and audacity to splay their pain and struggles out for all to hear. We are lucky to hear them get so damn real.
Nowadays, it’s exceedingly rare for a two-and-half minute rock song to have raw emotional power, but with Gone by the Dawn Shannon and the Clams have gifted us an entire album of them.
EU Tour dates:
11.11.15 – London, UK – Oslo
11.12.15 – Brighton, UK – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
11.13.15 – Lille, FR – La Peniche
11.14.15 – Paris, FR – La Maroquinerie
11.15.15 – Limoges, FR – TBD
11.17.15 – Lyon, FR – Le Sonic
11.18.15 – Geneva, CH – L’Ecurie
11.19.15 – Brussels, BE – Madame Moustache
11.20.15 – Antwerp, BE – Het Bos
11.21.15 – Utrecht, NL – Le Guess Who?
11.22.15 – Breda, NL – Electron
11.23.15 – Berlin, DE – Monarch