THE SHAKEYS // Shaking up the world of punk rock

Shakes are back, baby! Almost seven years after the release of their first EP, white lightning, the Borloo / Perth dynamos have abandoned their first album, Crowd mentality.

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It’s a high energy, dazzling punk track, and we wanted to know all about it. After its release, we caught up with lead singer Claire Hodgson to discuss how it all turned out.

Hysteria: Let’s introduce the group.

Claire: We have Jess on bass. She is also a beekeeper, mother of goats and graphic designer. She and I started the group. We went to punk concerts all the time, and I also ran those kinds of bands. Every time we got together for drinks we always said we should get a group together.

One day she just said, let’s do it, so we did. We then ran into our thresher, Lauren. She is amazing and teaches kids to play the drums. We’ve had a few different guitarists over the years, but now we have Lauren’s partner Jason. He plays in another garage-punk band from Perth called The knights.

As for me, I work in music. I was a DJ, I was a broadcaster, and I do a lot of stuff behind the scenes for the band.

Congratulations on the release of your first LP, Crowd mentality. You must be so excited to have him in the world.

Definitely, there have been some setbacks, before COVID and then because of COVID. We actually recorded it in 2018, so it’s amazing that we finally released it. So that it was our first album, after ten years, and that it was released on hot pink vinyl. And then getting these amazing reviews is a dream come true. This is more than we could ever have hoped for.

The politicians in power get away with environmental destruction and lie to the public. People seem so caught up in their arguments online, and they miss the opportunity to take these politicians to task.
[Claire Hodgson]

Think back to your first EP and then the process of recording that LP. How do the two compare?

Each time we record we become more confident and can identify what works for us and what doesn’t. This time we really knew what we wanted. We wanted a lively, rich, full sound with a bit of distortion. We recorded everything in analog, which was really good, and that added to that sound. We recorded it in five days as well to keep that energy in it.

Being a big fan of punk during my teenage years, then forming a band much later, the main aspect that I like is the sense of brutality, energy, intensity and sassy. It’s a little fun and not super serious, and that’s what we wanted to capture in this recording. I’m really inspired by so many aspects of the punk genre – from garage to hardcore, death, crossover metal, rock and roll and indie. There is so much to learn and inspire.

Are there any key themes related The crowd mentality ttogether ?

We were inspired by real stories and personal experiences. This is generally a very good place to start, in my opinion. We were talking about the worries of the world, our present time, and social commentary. We also have a song about the toads coming to WA (both laugh) on Route of Desolation. Crowd mentality, the title of the disc, is based on the book by Jon Ronson So you’ve been publicly ashamed. It’s about the lynchings and witch hunts of yesteryear transported to the online world, and how that polarizes society. It’s not something that’s gone since we wrote the song or since this book came out. There is a lot of social commentary and real life stories on the record.

Yes, it is definitely not gone. If anything, this could be the inspiration for record number two!

Yeah absolutely. It’s on both sides, right and left. It’s everywhere, regardless of your political leanings. I don’t think it helps anyone get their point across or encourage serious argument on these much larger issues. If anything, they are ignored. The politicians in power get away with environmental destruction and lie to the public. People seem so caught up in their arguments online, and they miss the opportunity to take these politicians to task.

Describe your sound to your nan.

Loud, fast and fun.

And after?

We are working hard to distribute this record and spread the word. Once we’re done, we’ll be looking at our touring opportunities next year, whether it’s in the Western Australia region or on the east coast. We would like to play in festivals abroad and chat with our friends, both domestic and international, to see what opportunities we have there.

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