Shannon and The Clams specialise in short-but-sweet ornate rock tunes, and Gone By The Dawn has a full complement of such numbers. This record is, on the surface, relatively straightforward, but the production and aspects of the instrumentation are subtly quite weird. Out on the the Hardly Art label.
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9/10 The Doc Customer review, 4th May 2016
Doom-wop, anyone? For the uninitiated, the world of Shannon and the Clams is a weird and wonderful one, packed with tales of hobos, witches, warlocks, fluffy bunnies and murderous woodsmen. Musically, it's a pitch-perfect pastiche of Del Shannon-era rock 'n' roll - they covered Runaway to magnificent effect as a bonus track on the vinyl download of Dreams In the Rat House - shot through with the occasional blast of Gun Club swamp punk, with a whole heap of saccharine girl band heartbreak thrown in for good measure.
This is their fourth album and features some of their strongest songwriting to date, with typically emotive, show-stopping vocals from erstwhile Hunx and His Punx bassist Shannon Shaw. If you like the idea of the Ronettes tripping their tits off on Owsely's finest and reinventing themselves as a raucous garage band, this could well be the record for you.
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