Shannon and the Clams is an Oakland-based indie garage punk trio. Known for a vintage sound that incorporates elements of doo-wop, classic R&B, garage psych, and surf, Shannon and the Clams has drawn comparisons to both Buddy Holly and 1960s girl gr...
Shannon and the Clams is an Oakland-based indie garage punk trio. Known for a vintage sound that incorporates elements of doo-wop, classic R&B, garage psych, and surf, Shannon and the Clams has drawn comparisons to both Buddy Holly and 1960s girl groups. They also said to love "the music from the 50's oldies to 80's punk".
The band includes Shannon Shaw, who sings and plays bass, Cody Blanchard on guitar, and Ian Amberson on drums. The trio met at the California College of the Arts, where they began performing together. Shaw is also a member of queercore punk outfit Hunx and His Punx.
Shannon and the Clams debut album, I Wanna Go Home, was released in 2009. In 2011, the group followed up with their sophomore effort, Sleep Talk. Their third album, Dreams in the Rat House, was released in May 2013.
A reviewer at Still in Rock writes that their "shows are among the best in the world, with a inexhaustible generosity and a musical style with no equivalent. Its influence on the independent scene is one of the most major one, together with Ty Segall and very few others."
A reviewer at punknews.org writes that Shannon and the Clams has the "sound of a prom band in 1964 getting dosed with acid and having the sweetest lovelorn freak out. Imagine a brawling Etta James, backed up by the 13th Floor Elevators singing Shangri La's tunes." The Chicago Reader's Jessica Hopper described Shannon and the Clams as "something from a John Waters lucid dream... complete with horny teenage anthems that walk the line between greasy, frantic 50s rock 'n' roll and innocent, hip-swinging 60s pop."