The SHACKS – ” The Shacks ” EP

Posted: March 12, 2017 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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There’s a good chance that when The Shacks release their debut LP later this year on Big Crown Records, they’ll find themselves up among other hallowed names in the Big Crown catalouge like Lee Fields and Lady Wray. All their love of vintage gear and analog recording that the former Daptone/Truth and Soul Records fan brought over to their Diamond Mine Studio in Long Island City has a gorgeous effect on The Shacks’ brand of ass-wiggling AM radio pop and easy to love hooks.

The Shacks — equal parts Max Shrager and Shannon Wise singing in her soft whispered voice — sound like they’re playing alone with nobody watching. This dreamy, voyeuristic sound was born in a Queens, NY studio in 2014. And while they describe themselves as a rock band, don’t expect the conventional kind.

The story goes that Max brought Shannon to the studio. Max was playing guitar on a track produced by Leon Michels — the producer and co-founder of Big Crown Records and Michels needed a vocalist. They put Shannon in the booth to try it out. It was her first time ever recording. Then, in one take, the song “Strange Boy” had a singer who completed the vibe. The Shacks were born. Shannon comes from a strong musical pedigree. Her father, a producer, ran a Manhattan recording studio, and her mother is a singer-songwriter. Artists and bands of all stripes passed through her life growing up. Her infectious, eclectic voice and songwriting skills are testaments to her remarkable natural talent.

Shannon Wise’s voice is slight in its wispy airiness but disarmingly strong against a solid foundation of songs that could have been written 60 years ago. Their first record together, entitled Haze and forthcoming on Big Crown Records, is jointly produced by Shrager and Michels. Each song sounds both like an exploration and reflection of the relationship between Shannon and Max. You can hear a kind of invigorating creativity between them — songs written for and about each other, trying to express the inexpressible aspects of youth and love.

1. Strange Effect
2. Left It With The Moon
3. Orchids
4. Audrey Hepburn
5. Tidal Waves
6. Rain
7. Hands In Your Pockets


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