It’s good to know that talented bands can take a familiar formula and shape it into something new and refreshing. The pieces that Shake The Baron use to create their music — namely, two guitars, bass and drums — are tried and true, but can also be trite. However, mix in the group’s talent for layering harmonies and creating a distinctly fun vibe with said harmonies, and you have yourself a winner.
Shake The Baron began as a group of friends rocking out together. The band — who all met while attending college in Connecticut circa 2007 — played the bar scene in New London, CT while honing their brand of svelte and sweet guitar rock. There’s rhythm and jangles galore to be absorbed on STB’s self-titled debut, which is out now on iTunes via their label Super Duper Records. The record inspires tapping of toes and nodding of heads, and perhaps shaking of booties in its funkiest moments.
The band apparently worked with engineer Justin Gerrish on Shake The Baron. That’s impressive, because Gerrish mixed two of the better albums already released in 2010, Vampire Weekend’s Contra and Ra Ra Riot’s The Orchard.
Having heard Shake The Baron in its entirety, I can say it’s one of the more impressive debuts I’ve heard this year.
Everyone loves whiffle ball bat violence, right? Here’s the video for “Zodiac Name,” which is a lot of fun. Dare I say there’s a Vampire Weekend vibe here as well?
[Buy the album here]