Recorded live at Seattle's legendary Crocodile Cafe on December 23, 2006 - just their third show - this live performance shows why Shake Some Action! has been steadily building a loyal fan base throughout 2007. Catchy pop songs with gorgeous harmonies and instantly hummable melodies, all performed with tremendous energy and enthusiasm. Add to that the incomparable talent of the Crocodile's live engineer Jim Anderson and you have a live recording that captures every nuance of the performance.
Ironically, this was originally supposed to be Shake Some Action's final show. While recording the studio album as a solo project throughout 2006, songwriter James Hall met bassist Gary Miller and drummer Chris Campbell through their band, the Scheme. After both heard the songs that would become the SSA album and independently emailed Hall with an offer to play the songs live, he started thinking about creating a live band that would play 3 or 4 shows to promote the album, then quickly disband. At the same time Hall's former Jeunes bandmate David Bos heard the recordings - and also offered his services - and the lineup was complete, literally falling into place within a week.
The band decided to record their 12/23/06 Crocodile show to document what they thought would be the live band's short-lived existence. Little did they know. . .
Shortly after this performance Shake Some Action's studio album was released - immediately going into heavy rotation on Seattle's influential KEXP 90.3 FM and receiving glowing reviews and strong sales across the globe. Suddenly receiving show offers that were too good to refuse - and after three months of heavy KEXP airplay - the band decided to keep things going.
By June 2007 they found themselves booked to play Bumbershoot and writing songs for a follow up album.
For those who weren't there back in late 2006, here is Shake Some Action! live at the Crocodile - a complete recording of the entire set from their 3rd show. As bassist Gary Miller recollects on the Seattle Powerpop Blog - "it sounds pretty cool -- full of jitters and beaming with a raw, what-the-hell-are-we-doing feeling."
Here's what people are saying about Shake Some Action's self titled debut CD, also available from CD Baby:
"The year has just begun, and already the first knockout by an unknown band from out of left field has arrived." - Sam Gnerre, the Daily Breeze
"a remarkably well-crafted set of jangly power pop packed with rich harmonies and indelible hooks " - KEXP 90.3 FM
"You gotta love the name! And they live up top it! BIG TIME! ... Very Brit-Pop leaning and bursting with jangly and crunchy guitars! A brilliant debut! GREAT!!!" - Kool Kat Musik
"simply a great powerpop album" - Seattle Powerpop Blog
"full of hooks and dripping with vocal and instrumental harmonies that would make The La's blush" - Three Imaginary Girls
"a perfect hybrid of jangled-up pop delight. . . extremely highly recommended!!!" - Not Lame
"a damn good pop band. . . Rich jangley guitars and melodic chorus, with a bit more muscle than your average pop band. . . . these guys are special." - Powerpopaholic