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“Noisy, rocking, trash, garage, mayhem, 60's punk, sci-fi dance music.”
SHAKE BEFORE US has just wrapped up it's second full-length album, RADIO TIME BOMB, due for release on vinyl and CD August 29, 2014. It’s coming out on upstart San Diego label, Tower Bar Records. The label is a natural offshoot of owner Mick Rossler’s two nightclubs, Tower Bar and Til-Two Club. The release party is the night of 8/29 at Casbah, San Diego.
As with their 2012 debut, RADIO TIME BOMB was produced by John "Swami" Reis (Rocket From The Crypt, Hot Snakes). Both albums were recorded live directly to vintage tape machines (8-track and 16-track reel-to-reel, respectively), and they're perfect snapshots of the band at its best... LIVE.
"The best moments of the new record are beyond anything on the first one, as good as that was," says Reis. "The songwriting is just more assured and consistent. Definitely carves out its own sound."
SBU has always held to a, “get buzzed and turn up the fuzz” attitude. They use their experiences to tell true tales of lost faith, lost love, booze and drugs, sin and self-doubt. The music is a maniacal mix of organ, guitar, dual howling vocals, deep drums and even deeper bass. They pair the past with the future for a sound that is vintage yet modern at the same time.
The band was formed in June, 2010 in San Diego, California when 4 friends - Jesse Pryor (gtr/vox), Will A Lerner (keys/vox/percussion), Kevin “Cuz” Donahue (bass), Fonda (drums/backing vox/Theremin)- found they shared a common love for vintage organs, hollow body guitars, Theremins, cool ties and a red sparkle drum kit. They've created a live show that's a true rock revival, salvation firmly delivered through a relentless wall of sound on a sweat-filled dancefloor. It's uplifting and unnerving at the same time, and it sure gets the audience dancing. With Cuz's departure, SBU features John Falk on bass and backing vocals.
Shake Before Us has shared the stage with some great rock n roll bands, including the Hives (two sold-out So Cal shows, Feb. 2013), King Khan and the Shrines, Living Colour, Supersuckers, The Blasters, Holly Golightly, Old Man Markley, Transfer, Oblivions, as well as the Ink N Iron Festival 2012.