The Shants

The Shants

 Oakland, California, USA
BandAmericanaFolk

The Shants play slow burning, Southern-influenced Americana.

Biography

“Hailing from Oakland, California, The Shants specialize in a blend of Southern folk and country, embossed with the sad sounds of the pedal steel guitar” - FILTER Magazine

“…Rustic and subdued, like the scant, heavily muted light that finds its way to the floor of a redwood grove" - No Depression

“The Shants have done something curiously rare these days: created an authentically Southern & categorically enjoyable, stompy blues & folk record in the heart of garage & punk-obsessed Oakland.” - SF Bay Guardian

The Shants are a simple four piece Americana band from Oakland, with lots of bittersweet pedal steel sounds. Some who've heard them compare The Shants to bands like Whiskeytown, Richard Buckner, Elvis Perkins, and Son Volt. We'd call our sound "slow burning Americana". Singer Skip Allums recently moved to Oakland from Baton Rouge, Louisiana... so there's definitely a heavy Southern Gothic influence.

The Shants' sound originates from the rural backgrounds of its members: from South Louisiana delta pines to the brusk plains of Minnesota to the rolling hills of the Central California Coast.

Beautiful was the Night, the band’s debut full length album, is a haunted love letter to singer Skip Allums’ home state of Louisiana. The album was recorded in Oakland at Rec Center and Tones On Tail Studios by Eliot Curtis, with some vocal harmonies from Brianna Lea Pruett & Quinn Deveaux, violin by Howie Cockrill, and horns by Ralph Carney (Tom Waits, Black Keys) as well as the Blue Bone Express. Beautiful was the Night is available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, CD Baby and most other digital music stores. The album was funded by fans, via Kickstarter.

The Shants perform regionally, recently completing 2 West Coast tours. The Shants have supported such acts as Basia Bulat, Adam Acuragi, Eilen Jewell, Jonathan Richman, Damien Jurado, Songs Ohia, Barbara Manning, and many more. The band has headlined medium-to-small venues in the following markets: San Francisco, Oakland, Chico, Sacramento, Davis, San Jose, Los Angeles, Portland.

LINKS:
http://theshants.tumblr.com
http://myspace.com/theshantsmusic
http://highscoresandrecords.com

VIDEO:
http://theshants.tumblr.com/videos

PRESS:
"Undiscovered Band of the Month: The Shants. Hailing from Oakland, California, The Shants specialize in a blend of Southern folk and country, embossed with the sad sounds of the pedal steel guitar" - FILTER Magazine

"Rustic and subdued, like the scant, heavily muted light that finds its way to the floor of a redwood grove" - No Depression

REVIEWS - Beautiful was the Night LP:

“This album is built of many parts, but there’s no question that Skip Allums’ voice pulls it all together. Whether snaking through some dusty, Gram Parsons-ish California desert or hollering over a New Orleans-y brass band (courtesy of Ralph Carney), his smooth croon draws you in and makes you want to stay. Add to that some really solid songs and a tight band that features Sam Tokheim’s pedal steel prominently and you’re in good shape. In fact, Beautiful Was the Night is a great album. It sounds gorgeous, thanks to Eliot Curtis and his analog amusement park, Tones on Tail Studios.” - East Bay Express

“The band adds brass (courtesy of Ralph Carney) to “Brother,” rocks a Velvet Underground rhythm riff on “Evangeline Blues” and strikes a New Orleans groove for the closing “(I’m Not) Gonna Waste Another Song on You,” but it’s their weathered Americana that remains their calling card.” - No Depression

“With their full length debut, Beautiful was the Night, set for release September 27, the band is about to garner more praise. The album maintains the haunting, meandering sound from the EP that made me want to root for The Shants, but tracks like “Brother” and the closer “(I’m Not) Gonna Waste Another Song on You” reveal a brass swagger.” - SF Station

“Stompy bayou music!” - CD Baby, Music Discovery Podcast

“Fantastic. A first-rate tribute to the state of Louisiana.” - KGSR, Austin

“Sometimes it is just good to get away; away from the city, away from work, away from the hustle and bustle lifestyle, in order to discover things about the world, and yourself, that sometimes just get buried in distractions and stimulation. What better way to assist this journey of isolation and self unearthing than an old style, country blues with a modern rock twist? Well, one not need to tread too far outside of their Bay Area mecca to find such a entity. Skip Allums, Sam Tokheim, Carver Cordes, and Adam Burstein are The Shants, a band of such talents out of Oakland that embodies that discovery in their folksy musical style” - Rabbits Black blog

“Paints a beautiful picture of Louisiana. Beautiful was the Night offers subtle music with a touch of country and folk, in which Sam Tokheim excels at a lonely-sounding pedal steel guitar. Gritty, unconstrained… with a sharp, dark edge & burning guitar riffs, this record is perfect for an Indian summer

Lyrics

Baton Rouge

Written By: Skip Allums / The Shants

Well we said our goodbyes as I turned up the drive
headed God knows where to
As I crossed the Mississippi River, didn't know
how much I'd miss you
Well I know you remember hurricane Septembers
when I fell flat on my face
and that girl on Bienville that turned out so evil
we both know she was a mistake.

CHORUS
Oh, I loved and I lived on your sidewalks
and though I am glad that we met
there are times I am so glad
so glad that you're out of my life.

Tabby's Blues Box, and Library Joe's
they're a faded memory.
When the nights get so cold and I'm feelin' so old
you're where I want to be.
When I come back to see ya, got a new dress on
and a hazy smile on your face
and I know that inside you're trust trying to hide
you're still the same old place.

CHORUS

Full Circle

Written By: Skip Allums

I'm standing in front of the house
were lemons drop dead on the ground
and the sun burns up the front porch.

This is where it began.
The ending was perfectly clear.
I swore I ain't coming back.

Now I'm cursing the choices I made
from that time up until now.
You don't deserve what you got,
and I deserve someone you're not.

Now I'm walking down past 4th Street
with peonies' scraps at my feet,
that day I lost my ring.
Now I'm holding this time in my hands
and I don't see that I'm letting go.
My heart will bounce back like a spring.

Now I'm cursing the choices I made
from that time up until now.
You don't deserve what you got,
and I deserve someone you're not.

Discography

Russian River Songs EP, 2010
High Scores & Records

Beautiful was the Night LP, 2011
self released

Set List

30 minutes to an hour for club/bars/cafes, or 2 hour featured set