\"Dubbing themselves the Shaker Hoods, the trio quickly worked up a set of muscular, back-to-basics rock and roll. They started hitting local clubs in October and have been on a tear ever since.\"
--Richard Gintowt (The Pitch)
\"The Shaker Hoods’ debut album, Mean Machine, bears a striking resemblance to a lot of other vistas in the collective rockscape. Mostly metal, with a definite ’80s vibe and heavy nods to the musculature of Iggy’s Detroit, it’s an imperfect document of an undoubtedly killer live Kansas City band.
Most of Mean Machine’s cuts slam sure-footed, tight and under the four-minute mark. Frontman Jon Freeman’s singing is straightforward, with some of Lemmy or James Hetfield’s growl on the bottom and a taste of Chris Cornell’s clarity up top, but not much in the way of histrionics. It’s sturdy and serviceable, complementing brothers Paul and Ryan Marchman’s similarly workmanlike guitar and drums.
When the record clicks, it’s a lot of fun. Leading off with its strongest track, “This Chariot May Kill Me,” machine-gun guitars and shifting time signatures combine in a sophisticated head-banger that conjures some Metallica menace.
The not-so-vaguely Guns N’ Roses-inflected opening of “Dead and Gone” leads into an ugly punk/metal slammer that ends exactly where it should, closing the album on another high point.\"
--derek donovan (special to ink) http://inkkc.com
\"Mean Machine...Independent. Jon Freeman (b), Paul Marchman (g), and Ryan Marchman (d) delivered some high octane, hard drivin\' rock to the studio this morning. Roaring like an open header 440 down I-35, the debut disc from these veteran Kansas City rockers really puts the POW in power trio!\"
--Arjay (90.1FM KKFI Kansas City, MO)
“Diggin\' that chariot song more and more each time I hear it”
--Swede (host of The BIG Show on FatCat radio-http://fatcatradio.com)