2014 finds Shake Some Action! ready to release their 5th studio album, Catch The Sun, another slice of sun-drenched jangle pop, set to drop March 4 on Satellite 451 Records. It follows their widely acclaimed 2013 effort Full Fathom Five, rated by International Pop Overthrow CEO David Bash at #9 in his top 100 for 2013.
Their sound is rooted in the Swinging London of 1966 - when pop was less American Idol and more Paperback Writer - but doesn't get caught up in played out nostalgia. As one reviewer noted "somehow they don't sound held to the same moody limitations of bands such as the Zombies, or Iron Butterfly... they sound more alive and dynamic."
Formed in 2006 by Australian-born, Seattle-based songwriter James Hall, Shake Some Action! began as a solo recording project:
"The year has just begun, and already the first knockout by an unknown band from out of left field has arrived" the Daily Breeze
morphed into a live band that rocked Bumbershoot in 2007:
"guitars and harmonies like this always sound so good" - Stephen Thomas Erlewine, allmusic.com
then transitioned once more into a largely solo recording project:
"This band just keeps getting better!" - Pop Geek Heaven
"a definite contender for best album in 2013." - Powerpopaholic
"To me, the real magic of a song is often in that first moment of striking the right chord or accidentally hitting on something that just works", says Hall. "That can be very hard to recreate if you record in the traditional way, with a band in a studio, with every song fully rehearsed and worked out. I like to keep it spontaneous so these days I record albums as I write them."
With Catch the Sun, he repeated the songwriting formula that proved so successful on Full Fathom Five a year earlier. "I basically wrote the guitar parts for 20 songs in a single day. Just guitars and some basic drums. Then I spent a few months overdubbing bass and keyboards and vocals to each song", he says.
Along the journey, SSA! has developed a dedicated cult following, particularly in the US and Spain, and become critical darlings of the power pop world, each album seemingly bringing out more superlatives than the last. Strong radio support from KEXP Seattle has only solidifed their fan base.