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Shake City - 2009 Shake City

ARTIST: Shake City
ALBUM: Shake City
LABEL: Eonian Records
SERIAL: ER-00005
YEAR: 2009
SPONSOR: Stephen Craig (Eonian Records)


LINEUP: Adam Shore - lead vocals * Don E Sachs - guitars, vocals * Michael Blair - guitars * Ray Bailey - bass, vocals * Jaycee Cary - drums

Additional Musician: Ethan Gladstone - guitars (tracks 5, 8, 12)

TRACK LISTING: 01 One Good Reason * 02 Hot Reason * 03 Betty Blue * 04 Get It While It's Hot * 05 Submarine * 06 Little Lianne * 07 Lust And Love * 08 Pyschedelic Ride * 09 Sweet Dreams * 10 Can't Get Over You * 11 Game Of War * 12 Bad On Wheels



Here's another recent Eonian Records release, Californian rockers Shake City, aptly named I would suggest, being from the region of the San Andreas Fault. The history of this band goes back to the hair metal days of the mid 80's, and it would seem Shake City were swimming in the shark infested fish-tank that was the L.A scene at the time.. alongside the likes of Warrant. The connection to that band contains more fish hooks and jags than one could care to imagine. SC's lead singer Adam Shore was in fact their lead singer prior to Jani Lane joining. Some of the songs onboard this album includes co-writes and contributions from Erik Turner and Jani Lane. Shake City's origins start from 1986, Shore and guitarist Don E Sachs formed the band Hot Wheelz which morphed into Shake City. The band played all the major venues throughout California, and according to their bio, even went out of state to Florida, Utah and Arizona to play gigs. They've shared the stage with some name acts including Kiss, Warrant, Britny Fox, Roxanne and Cherry Street. By the time Shake City got into the studio, it was 1990/1991, and as we know, the scene was about to change. By 1992, the band knew the writing was on the wall, and everyone went their separate ways. It's just as well that they had the good sense to leave behind some recordings, because they've now been dragged out of the vaults in 2009, thanks to Eonian.

The Songs
Shake City's sound is very earthy, despite being mainly hair based hard rock. Warrant and Black And Blue are named as reference points for the band, but you can easily chuck in Kix, Enuff Znuff, Aerosmith and Bon Jovi. It's very typical of the sound coming out around the 1989/1990 era, where bands were including a slight blues tinge, a la Tora Tora. It's evidenced on the opener 'One Good Reason' which is a melting of melodic southern rock a la Tangier and the aforementioned Tora Tora. 'Hot Love' returns to the Californian scene with the hair rocker 'Hot Love' with its near sleaze/glam style. Probably the heaviest track here is 'Betty Blue', which has a raunchy sound and some upfront guitar work.Fans of Enuff Znuff should definitely get what's going on with 'Get It While It's Hot', which could be a doppelganger for EZN's 'She Wants More' off their 1989 debut. 'Submarine' is an excellent fast paced rocker in the vein of Trixter with its emphasis on gang choruses and humorous lyrics. SC deliver a great acoustic/electric ballad 'Little Lianne', which makes for nice listening, so too does 'Sweet Dreams', which swings with a touch more electric than acoustic.. still nice though. It's back to the heavy riffing of 'Lust And Love', with its predatory guitars on the prowl. One track that didn't quite hit the mark was 'Can't Get Over You', a very slow blues based ballad that kinda went nowhere.

In Summary
During the latter part of Shake City's history, guitarist Michael Blair departed, to be replaced by Ethan Gladstone, who plays on three of the tracks. Certainly with backing from the Warrant guys plus Tommy Thayer (Black And Blue, Kiss), Shake City definitely had friends in high places, but let's face it - the Californian hair metal scene was over-crowded at best, and this band along with countless others had to settle for second best back in the day. Yes, unfair though it was, at least they have finally landed in the public domain rather than hiding away in the HM underground. Another good release from Eonian.

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