Shake Some Action!

Rock from Seattle, Washington, United States

Tags  indie rock  power pop  jangle pop 

Shake Some Action! is a band from Seattle, steeped in the influences of classic pop from the '60s through the '90s.


James Hall
David Bos


Shake Some Action! is an indie pop band from Seattle.

Recalling an era when jangly guitars and rich vocal harmonies fueled melodic pop songs, the band count among their influences the La’s, Hoodoo Gurus, the Kinks, the Beatles, You Am I, Stone Roses, Big Star, the Small Faces and Teenage Fanclub.

The band began in early 2006 as a solo project for Australian-born Seattle-based songwriter/guitarist James Hall. Hall chose the name Shake Some Action!, inspired by the quintessential power-pop song of the same name by the Flamin' Groovies and its reference in the Hoodoo Gurus song (Let's All) Turn On.

The self-titled debut album was released in January 2007, to glowing reviews and heavy local airplay. The Daily Breeze's Sam Gnerre perhaps summed up the feeling best: "The year has just begun, and already the first knockout by an unknown band from out of left field has arrived."

Sunny Days Ahead, their second studio album, was released in June 2008. John Richards of Seattle Sound and KEXP wrote: "This Seattle band does what other great bands have done, getting better on the follow-up. . . .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."

Third album Fire And Ice was released in early 2010: "bolstered by big full-bodied production, and textured well-crafted instrumentation, Fire & Ice embraces everything from Britpop, to psychedelia, to the boisterous, driving 80s jangle of bands like the Hoodoo Gurus and Stone Roses." Jeff Shelton, KSCU FM

In early 2012 Hall began working on their 4th studio album after he acquired a Rickenbacker 12 string guitar and, inspired, wrote the basic guitar parts for 20 songs in a single day. The resultant album, Full Fathom Five, was released March 5 2013. Early reviews called it "a contender for best album of 2013" and once again the album received heavy airplay from local Seattle station KEXP.


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