“Ah, sunny days ahead.” - Cheryl Waters, KEXP 90.3FM Seattle
The last notes of a Shake Some Action! in-studio session at KEXP Seattle in March 2007 were fading away when DJ Cheryl Waters inadvertently gave the band the title to their sophomore record.
Several months later at the tail end of a triumphant 2007 - which saw them release their acclaimed self-titled debut, as well as a live album recorded at Seattle’s legendary Crocodile Cafe, topped off with a performance at Bumbershoot 2007 - Shake Some Action! returned to the studio for a weekend in November 2007 and laid down 20 tracks, several in just one take. The result is a record more edgy than the first, capturing the energy of a live performance, yet the classic pop sensibility and attention to songcraft remains.
"This Seattle band does what other great bands have done, getting better on the follow-up. Built upon the base of it's pop-filled debut, this record has even more catchy hooks and phenomenal guitar work. Know this band. Listen to this band. Consider where album number three will find them." - John Richards, Seattle Sound
"After dropping a demanding-to-be-heard debut, kicking up a racket at Bumbershoot 2007, and getting some major indie radio play, this is the second studio full-length from Shake Some Action! And the band requires that exclamation mark, I assure you..... Shake Some Action! are delivering what people have always wanted from artists like Tom Petty on the big scale and Shane Tutmarc on the smaller.... a sugary jouissance, pure power-pop enjoyment, but with a strangely adult bite." - Chris Estey, Three Imaginary Girls
"an album of infectious, melodic power pop imbued with the snarl and indignation of punk. . . . there’s an air of spontaneity and looseness here but the songs are all expertly constructed and practically overflowing with ideas. . . . Sunny Days Ahead is a strong contender for SPB album of the year." - Andy Miracle, Seattle Powerpop Blog
"This Seattle band brings a bit more sonic aggression to their jangly power-pop sound on their remarkable 2nd album. Like their sterling debut, it’s another first-rate set overflowing with melodic hooks and rich harmonies while also showcasing more energetic tempos and biting guitar lines." - Don Yates, KEXP
"The bright yellow-orange sunrise over the hill could not be more fitting to describe the shimmering power pop delivered by Shake Some Action!.... Musically, many of the songs are jangly Rickenbacker pop, packed with harmonies akin to The Meadows or Rembrandts. But some of the tracks dig deep with crunchy guitars and just flat out rock, like the scorching lead off track, "Get It Together"- Bill's Music Forum
"All of the things that made the debut great are here again on Sunny Days Ahead: the retro late 70s-early 80s sound that nevertheless doesn't seem dated, the Rickenbackers, the great tunes, and of course Hall's vocals, which fit the material and the sound perfectly....So while Sunny Days Ahead might be a semi-ironic title for a band that hails from Seattle, it's an apt descripton for power pop fans who take the time to pick this one up." - Absolute Powerpop
"One of our favorite "English sounding American" bands are back with their second studio effort! And a corker it is indeed! 13 tight, briskly delivered, and extremely catchy songs that grab your attention from start to finish! The jangle and crunch-o-meters are amped up a bit on this one (a good thing for sure) as they rock and pop their way into your head and heart!" - Kool Kat Musik