It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Shannon & the Clams was formed by accident. Just outside the invisible borders of Oakland’s warehouse music scene, Shannon Shaw was absorbed in studying illustration at California College of the Arts, a 100-year-old institution that draws freaks into the city from across the country. For many, the school serves as a gateway into the sprawling music underground that agitates beneath the Bay Area, as a hub for fliers for illegal parties in backyards, basements, and overpasses.
During a bout of depression, Shannon took up a neglected bass guitar that had been a gift from an ex-boyfriend years earlier and played it for the first time, writing in a raw and untrained way. The urge to perform these songs soon took her to open mic nights around the East Bay, eventually recruiting a band, and Shannon & The Clams was born. Over the last decade, Shannon and her chief collaborator, guitarist Cody Blanchard, have released five albums of Bay Area vintage garage-rock, including the remarkable 2018’s Onion, their Dan Auerbach-produced debut on his label Easy Eye Sound. Shannon & The Clams current incarnation includes Nate Mahan on drums and Will Sprott on keyboards, and their live show has developed a zealous following that craves their particular authenticity and innovation on classic sounds.
In 2021 the band returned to the Easy Eye Sound studios and produced their current release, Year of the Spider, with the GRAMMY® award winning producer of the year. YOTS finds the band crafting their utterly unique vintage sound that incorporates wonderfully strange elements of doo-wop, classic R&B, garage psych and surf rock to produce this timeless gem from these perennial indy favorites.
Based in: USA
Represented by: Kirmes