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The Shakers / Press

“Fearlessly bucking the trends and coming up with a sound that is visionary and compelling, The Shakers is the kind of band that shows the City Of Angels could still unleash some ferocious talent onto the world at the large. Headlining the world famous venue on a Saturday night, The Shakers had The Viper Room packed to the rafters ... Opening for acts as wide ranging as Everclear, Our Lady Peace, and The Motels, The Shakers own innovative work has clearly attracted an audience looking for a heartfelt, auditory adventure. All this, and the songs are insanely accessible, leaving an indelible impression even at first listen. It will be exciting to see what the future has in store for The Shakers, certainly one of L.A’s best kept secrets.”

“The Shakers just gave me an open kick to the eardrums with their album, RESCUE TEAM. I'm a little peeved that I didn't know about these guys and lady sooner. I will not do this band a disservice and compare them to anyone I've ever heard because, quite frankly, they don't sound like anyone else that I know of. The Shakers band is the coming together of four extremely talented musicians, including: Jodie Schell (vocals), Chris Lee (guitars), Nick Woods (drums), and John Rogan (bass). This crew of LA based rockers are taking indie rock to a whole new level.”

“Schell, invoking a new millennium Janis Joplin vibe, acts as Shapeshifter's musical shaman, using her raspy melodies to shepherd a quartet of souls...”

“45. The Shakers - "Rescue Team" -- (of Verbicide's Top 50 Albums of 2013)”

“This is a powerful and intense album, full of hard rocking blues numbers. They also have the ability to add a bit of zap and sleaze to some of the songs. These are actually the ones that really shine and importantly give the album, and the band, their own identity...”

“Rescue Team is an album that should be on any rock fan’s radar.”

“The release is the sophomore follow-up album to 2011's Oh So Loud, and was self-produced and tracked entirely to tape.”

“The band recently toured briefly in the Northeast – hitting the Boston, New York, and Philadelphia markets before returning home for their record release show at The Troubadour.”

“LA four-piece The Shakers have made quite an impression on the Los Angeles music scene in recent years. The self-proclaimed 'melodic high energy rock n roll (group) with a soulful backbone' successfully blends soul and grit-rock, creating a unique sound all their own.”

“...I had my mind blown away again, this time by an exceptional band called The Shakers. It was like someone took the best of Janis Joplin, Grand Ole Party, Blues Music, Rock and Roll and jam packed it all into one package. Just, mind blown.”

“Chris Lee is the ringleader. Even when he isn't trying to command, we all look to him quite a bit. Nick Woods is the friendliest. He'll complain the least, but he's also insatiable which earned him the nick name: The Honey Mustard Badger. Kyle Kozlowski is my back seat buddy....”

“...when they offered to guest blog about their latest East Coast swing -- a three-date run prefacing the release of next month's 'Rescue Team' album -- we couldn't resist. In the first installment, lead singer Jodie Schell recounts the band's adventures in Philadelphia, where they scarfed down cheesesteak, swilled Yuenglings (among other brews), tangled with rental car agencies and generally lived the dream. Scroll down for the full tour diary -- complete with photos -- and stay tuned for episodes two and three.”

“The Shakers brought a slick Hollywood sensibility with them as they revisited their Philly roots for a feel-good show downstairs at World Café Live on July 20th. Guitarist and songwriter Chris Lee went west a few years ago to pursue his musical dream, and immediately clicked with vocalist and writer Jodie Schell, thereby birthing a modern hard-rock outfit with feminine fire that fills a void in today’s laptop-laden soundscape.”

“I want to characterize her sound as a princess with a dirty conscience. Even this late in the night, The Shakers are fueled with high-energy, it’s loud, and it’s fast as fuck. And while that can be intimidating, it doesn’t matter because I know I will be stalking their Facebook page in hopes that they’ll be coming back here. Best Coast, you can have your MP3’s back, I’ve found a better California rock band.”

“I only spent about an hour and change with LA-based band The Shakers, but just in that brief amount of time I could tell that these people were fun. Jodie Schell, Chris Lee, Kyle Kozlowski and Nick Woods are all easy-going folks, and our interview felt so natural because of their personalities.”

“(live) performance of "Whatcha Want Whatcha Need".”

“In addition to being insanely talented musicians, this four-some is totally down to earth and F.U.N.N.Y. Bonus for getting all of us on our feet and for rockin’ the roof off the joint!”

“Schell’s gravelly vocals lend themselves well to the bluesy sound created by guitarist Chris Lee, bassist Kyle Kozlowski and drummer Nick Woods.”

“The single “Over and Under” is for fans who like their rock straight with no chaser, not outside-the-lines enough to wow the indie world and a bit short on the muscle blues-rock banner-carriers like Dead Sara have. The Shakers have no shortage of energy, though; don’t forget to towel off.”

“Soulful alt-rock foursome The Shakers plays a bare bones brand of rock n’ roll that instantly grabs you with a powerful force.”

“This four piece female-fronted band gives you that good old fashioned rock & roll sound you’ve been looking for.”

“you never know what to expect; this night for instance we heard brand new song "Over and Under" and news of an upcoming album dropping later this year and we even saw a surprise on-stage proposal from bassist Kyle Kozlowki to his girlfriend.”

“The Shakers are a sassy quartet whom find pure joy through energizing crowds not only in their live performance, but also through their mind soothing lyrics. Lead by rock n’ roll female Jodie Schell, The Shakers give off a vibe composed of bone chilling sounds with attitude. With instrumentals that stick true to the sounds of their genre, combined with the unique ability Schell possesses to hit notes of the highest capacity, The Shakers are aimed towards victory in the modern rock n’ roll world.”

“Think about how epic it would be if The Black Keys meshed musically with The Supremes, and you have the sound of the eclectic band known as The Shakers. Hailing from Los Angeles with a charming, charismatic lead singer, Jodie Schell, who resembles the eccentricity of Zooey Deschanel, this rock-and-roll group is sure to please a packed crowd this Thursday, February 21 at The Roxy in West Hollywood.”

“We caught up backstage with The Shakers right before their headline show at The Roxy over the weekend. The band talked about their new album, their new single, and more with our correspondent Robert Herrera.”

“Hosts Ben Gill and David Fisch were also joined by Chris Lee and Jodie Schell of LA’s The Shakers for a chat about the band’s upcoming new album, Rescue Team, and a live performance that included an AMAZING guitar solo. You really have to hear it to understand, so check out last night’s episode of the LA Music Blogcast...”

“All comparisons aside, the 4-piece outfit has created something truly original and charismatic in a landscape of copycats and passionless wankery, a brand of modern music that scratches our rock itch in the best of ways: it's loud, it's unapologetic, and it's fun as hell!”

“Jodie sees herself in it as a “shaker,” and a “breaker,” and after couple songs into the album, it’s pretty clear she isn’t kidding.”

“Their debut album Oh So Loud sounds like an epic but angry summer. Its soulful vibes share space with some great and often heavy guitars.”

“Two of The Sunset Strip’s sexiest and most ferocious female rockers—Jodie Schell (photo 2), frontwoman for The Shakers, and Candice Levinson (photo 3), guitarist for Warner Drive — have been playing (and singing) circles around many of their male musician contemporaries as their respective bands take the regional rock circuit by storm, selling out shows wherever their spike-heeled stilettos step foot.”

“And who is the spider? That would be the ranting metal sounds of Chris Lee on guitar and Nick Woods on drums. They are hard hitting anger drowned by insanity to form a suicidal release. It has a lethal pulse that contrasts yet compliments the vocal life of Schell. This new single from The Shakers is an enthralled mix of soul pop pierced with metal shrapnel.”

“One of the shining jewels in the tiara of L.A.’s great music scene—The Shakers will take the stage and take no prisoners. ...For those unfamiliar with this Hollywood by way of Philly quartet, think Motown vocal sensibilities, meets high energy classic rock; a pairing that has been drawing huge crowds, and plenty of word of mouth praise on The Sunset Strip, and beyond.”

“This next band is like a super juicy piece of gossip that you know you probably shouldnt share but you cant help it. ....They are too badass NOT to talk about. They are an LA/Philly based band called The Shakers. Their name is not only cute or clever, it literally describes what you will do when you hear their music. People literally leave their shows saying their catch phrase, I love The Shakers!.”

"You're going to see a band of musicians who are really locked in with each other, who really love each other and any spectacle is an organic result of the music we love playing together" - Jodie

"The rapport she had with guitarist Chris Lee was obvious and a key to the band’s magic. They never seemed to compete with each other, but rather enhance each other....Jodie simply made it impossible to turn away from the stage. From the pink hair to the hand gestures, she was a rock photographer’s dream."

"LA –based, The Shakers self-identify as “a cross between AC/DC and the Supremes.” Close. We’d call ‘em Blondie meets The Chambers Brothers. Lots of sweet rock, grounded in 60s white boy blues smushed with 80s punk and blown out with personality, cute outfits and hair flips."

"From the shatters of the Automatic Music Explosion, Jodie lives on with a sound that pays tribute to the many faces of our beloved three chord rock. She joins, axe man, Chris Lee, to form The Shakers. You want sweet licks, The Shakers have them in spades. Mr. Lee appears to have been born with a pick pressed between his fingers and calls out to the mighty Satanic Lord of Music with long lasting solos that turn your body into a record’s needle, deep in the groove. Expanded beyond the range of mere mortals, Jodie let’s her hypnotic voice roll up and down the scale as devil horned angels frolic in the divine sound. The Shakers leave you rattled to the core of your partied hard soul."

"I watched them play for no more than 15 minutes, and I was immediately impressed and bought their CD...lead guitarist Chris Lee...reminded me of Tom Morello..."

"When curtains rose for Schell and The Shakers this night, the rainbow girl was gone ... All grown-up now, the raggedy rainbow was now stream line and rock star slick. ...They are for sure a must watch again."