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"Von Shakes Bohemia"

eptember 19, 2013

Recently Von Shakes’ Patrick Brazel took the time to write a Song by Song article for us here at RUST Magazine, and among other really interesting things he had to say was the story about how he started playing guitar. So the story goes, he was introduced to Neil Young, Nirvana and Thin Lizzy one day, and the next he started playing guitar. Hailing from Dublin, it turned out that Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott was from the same area, and was even buried behind his school. This geographic coincidence turned into a personal relationship with Thin Lizzy’s music, and Von Shakes’ debut album Bohemia picks up where the Liz left off, doing their hometown proud and presenting a fresh signature sound to a new generation the listeners.

Smart and tight are the two words that best describe Von Shakes’ sound. They have heart and soul mixed with street toughness and style. With inspired songwriting and a back-alley team of bare knuckle brawlers Hugh O’Reilly, Cillian McSweeney and Ryan Normandin filling out the roster, this wrecking crew is about to do some damage on a global scale. Because they’re that good. Because they’re that memorable. Because what the world need now is an in-your-face old school rock and roll band with pint full of youthful rebellion thrown in your face.

But don’t think that Von Shakes is stuck in a retro vibe or is simply rehashing a previous formula for success. There is substance to everything they do and a real care and consideration for their craft. They balance a hard work ethic while flirting with chaos. They are anthem writers on the battlefield raising their flag and declaring victory.

Von Shakes’ debut album Bohemia is an attention-grabbing work of inspiration and dedication. It reminds us of a time when rock gods walked the earth and it delivers a “bigness” that is truly unique. Von Shakes has a sound that’s so bright and so fun that it could never be contained in any one geographic area or artistic description. It’s world music well deserving of a reserved spot at the table of legends. Very Highly Recommended.
- RUSTzine.com


"Is this the only band in NYC not trying to be hipsters and just trying to rock?"

You don’t often hear about bands from Ireland, do you? I mean, there was U2, and then….. did everyone else on the emerald isle just give up? Von Shakes didn’t, luckily. This modern rock four-piece from Dublin by way of New York City is quickly becoming a proud tastemaker’s go-to buzz band as they start to build up a reputation in their adopted hometown in America.

Paddy Brazel (vocals/guitar), Hugh O’Reilly (guitar/backing vocals), Cillian McSweeney (bass/backing vocals), and Ryan Normandin (drums) bring more substance to their rock music than most of the indie rock bands they now find themselves amongst, evoking something more like the early Killers and Strokes’ sounds than anything similar to today’s hipsters. I quite enjoyed realising that they in fact reminded me quite a lot of Shortstraw – it’s not every day you start comparing international bands to our local talent.

The energy on VS’ forthcoming debut full-length album, Bohemia is rampant – they’ve got all the bounce of an angry punk band, but none of the anger. Instead, they embody the sound of youth, angst and chaos, wrapped in a blanket of hooks and melodies.

Listen to the opening track off Bohemia, recorded at Adrian Grenier’s Brooklyn Wreckroom Studios:

Von Shakes – Robinson Crusoe


While that’s more modern rock whose influences belie their UK roots, the next track, “Talk And Crawl” feels like it bounces with hook-ridden guitar playing and an energetic chorus:

Von Shakes – Talk And Crawl


The rest of Bohemia is ten more tracks of this sort of unpretentious melody and fun. Von Shakes is a band who just wants to get up and play you a good show, where you’ll shout a bit, you’ll dance a lot, you’ll smile and you’ll leave with a lot of memorable choruses floating around in your brain. On that front, these young Irish boys succeed on as if they were U-freaking-2.

The quartet is also putting the finishing touches on Bohemia, which will be released in October of 2013.

Join Von Shakes: - athousandguitars.com


"Von Shakes Bring Unadulterated Indie Rock from Dublin to Brooklyn – Interview"

There are certain qualities in every great artist that are easily apparent five minutes after meeting them. There is the work ethic, the drive, the professionalism, and talent, mixed with healthy amounts of authenticity, geniality and self-awareness. No real artist or band can get anywhere without those qualities. Of course, they also have to have great, solid songs. Von Shakes is that kind of band.

Von Shakes

Hailing from Dublin, the Brooklyn-based indie-rock four-piece has been gigging all over New York and throughout the country for the last 18 months. They received quite an old-school Brooklyn welcome, too. After first couch-surfing for six months, the band settled in Flatbush.

“It was great because we had all our guys from back home there,” says bassist Killian, “but it got to the stage where there were shootings. One of the guys we were staying with had to walk through a puddle of blood to get on to the subway. We were like, ‘This is getting dodgy. We need to move.’”

Now settled in much friendlier, busier, and creatively-charged Bushwick, the band is busy playing out in advance of their upcoming album. The band says it’s their first “real” album, having learned and grown as musicians and people since their first record, THE ROUTINE, was released in 2010.

The band had met well before that. Singer Patrick, guitarist Hugh, and Killian all knew each other from school in Dublin. They decided to start a band based on their shared love of classic rock, which Hugh and Patrick’s attribute to their parents. Hugh even says his greatest influence is Jimi Hendrix, a fact that’s abundantly clear in all his guitar solos (more on that later). The scene was very competitive, with a “big fish, small pond” scenario, and breaking out in Dublin was much harder than expected.

“Some people who were doing well,” Hugh says, “who were selling records, still had to make sure their shifts were covered at work.”

Since the release of THE ROUTINE, the band has played internationally, scoring gigs as far apart as Germany and Russia (which Patrick says was “AWESOME!”). Their EP, ALMOST NOBODY, got the band wider recognition. The video for the single was also awesomely DIY. It features singer Patrick running through Dublin streets at nighttime, with a projector throwing up the image of the video’s heroine on actual buildings, producing a striking image.

Now the music. Yes, they are indie rock, but they are the purest kind of indie rock. With the energy of the Arctic Monkeys, the real-life inspired lyrics of the Wombats, and tighest melodies this side of the Kosciuszko Bridge, Von Shakes are a testament to the timeless power of four friends playing music they love in a room. There are Hugh’s soaring-but-grounded guitar solos, Patrick’s impassioned and sincere vocals, and Killian and Ryan’s solid and engulfing rhythm sections. And wonder of wonders, there is not a single Macbook effect in sight!

“There are only four sounds you’ll hear in our music,” Patrick says. “Bass, drums, guitar and vocals.”

And that kind of efficiency and purity in indie rock is something to be celebrated.

Von Shakes’ album drops November. Heartily recommended.
- indiebandguru.com


"The Von Shakes at The Spot"

The Spot kicked off St. Patrick’s Day on Friday with an appearance by the Von Shakes, an Irish band. Three of the four band members, vocalist Paddy Brazel, lead guitarist Hugh O’Reilly and bassist Cillian McSweeney are originally from Ireland.
The Von Shakes have a unique sound and are impressive performers.
During the concert, they interacted with both each other and the audience, even pulling the singer of the Hoochie Coochie Men, the student band that opened the show, out of the audience to sing the end of one of their cover songs.
Although guitarist O’Reilly had a broken foot and was forced to sit with a propped leg for the entirety of the show, he still managed to perform as well as the rest of the members.
O’Reilly contributed killer guitar solos and laughed with his fellow members.
Meanwhile, the remaining three members huddled around the drum set, picking up extra sticks and making their own beats to play along with drummer Normandin.
The Von Shakes delivered an energetic performance that was transferred to the audience. Throughout the night, people were dancing and singing along with the band.
This same liveliness was also delivered by Lafayette’s student group, the Hoochie Coochie Men.
Both bands displayed an obvious passion for music, while spreading tangible enthusiasm and energy.
The performances of the Von Shakes and the Hoochie Coochie Men were successful in not only showcasing talent, but also in making the band members’ love of music known to everyone in the room. - The Lafayette


"Almost Nobody? Arlene's Sold Out Show"

The infamous Arlene’s Grocery in New York City’s Lower East Side played with the boundaries of the building’s capacity regulations when Von Shakes played the coveted headline slot earlier this month. All the way from Howth, Co. Dublin, Von Shakes consists of Paddy Brazel (vocals, guitar), Cillian McSweeney (bass), Hugh O’Reilly (lead guitar) and the recently inducted Ryan Normandin (drums). While at the gig, besides receiving a complimentary Von Shakes shot glass and a seriously good show, I picked up a copy of the band’s latest EP “Almost Nobody”.

The opener, “Pale”, braces the listener for the tone to come and one thing is immediately clear; Von Shakes makes belters. Beginning with a staged, nonchalant conversation between two band members, “Pale” kicks in with a bang, building to be a well-rounded and heavily guitar-driven number. The song’s selling point is in its huge and ridiculously catchy chorus hook, which should probably come with a health warning regarding its potentially indefinite afterlife in your head.

“My Side” comes second and is probably the outfit’s best known track, with its accompanying music video now having upwards of 6000 views on YouTube. Like its predecessor, it’s essentially an all-out indie/pop rock affair which pushes the residual tempo and energy from Pale a step further. The following number, “Talk and Crawl”, boasts a Kings of Leon-esque guitar riff with nearly country and folk rock nuances; this, balanced with some well-placed breakdowns, makes it arguably the most musically diverse inclusion on the EP. It also serves as a fitting tempo break for the record.

Almost Nobody concludes with a re-ignition of pace in “Coming Down”, a live-recorded number which provides a strong taste of the band’s tight and highly polished on-stage presence. Like the previous songs, “Coming Down” revolves around a memorable chorus but with the injection of an interesting and abrupt beat change. Paddy’s vocal tone resides in a higher range for this one, stylistically creating the image of a slightly lower-pitched Feargal Sharkey joining The Bravery. Excellent.

Almost Nobody is a well written, borderline addictive record and is a testament to how well deserved Von Shakes’ rapidly growing fanbase is (if a sardine-packed Arlene’s Grocery is anything to judge by). Von Shakes are busy stateside and have a history of casting their nets far and wide in terms of international performances. If you’re having trouble pinning the lads down for a live show, getting your hands on Almost Nobody is a no-brainer. - www.musicreviewunsigned.com


"And I know I’ll be okay-Though my skies are turning gray"

Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Von Shakes came to Des Moines Friday… and not only did both bands kick ass performing, I got to meet them both. Von Shakes is this amazing band from Ireland. They are not only great musicians, they are all really nice guys. And super fun to hang out with- and man. That Irish accent. Whew. I got to hang out with both Von Shakes and Red Jumpsuit. Which was surreal for me cause I have been a fan of Red Jumpsuit for at least 5 years. Apparently they live in Jacksonville, FL now. Which is cool cause that’s where I grew up :) - “the words that come from my heart”


"I've got the Von Shakes"

Welcome back!

So I figured I'd mix it up a little this week and change the topic of my blog posts from the poetic goings-on here at PSU to the musical side of PSU entertainment. A little preliminary knowledge, every Friday afternoon, actually at noon on the dot, Student Programming Association (SPA) schedules a musical act, typically acoustic, to perform on the second floor of the HUB, next to Heritage Hall. So this past friday, since I didn't have class and had to wait in the HUB for an hour or so before my next class, I figured why not check out that day's act. I sat down and listened in to Von Shakes, three members of an Irish rock quartet that played an "acoustic" set. However, there was an electric bass and electric guitar, as well as the acoustic being played by the lead singer. But the sound wasn't overwhelmingly electric, because the tones of the electric instruments were clean and the acoustic guitar was more resonant than the others. Von Shakes' repertoire included a wide range of original tracks, including my personal favorite "Bali" which the lead singer said, in his wonderfully thick Irish accent, was about "an island we've never been to, but we plan on getting there someday." The song had a folky feel to it, kind of like an edgier, bluesier Bob Dylan, but it was the sad, howling vocals that made the song what it was. Coupled with a very technical and very impressive blues guitar solo, the song became an instant classic and I was hooked for the rest of the set. Von Shakes also covered a Bob Marley song, which I don't know the name of but it was a great cover and was such a drastic change from the reggae I was expecting that it really surprised me. But the song was great and the performance was just as endearing as the originals from Von Shakes. Between each song the lead singer made some friendly banter with the crowd and made a great connection with the students sitting and listening to the performance. Overall, it was a great set from some really talented guys, and I highly suggest getting out to the HUB next Friday for SPA’s final noontime concert of the semester if you find yourself with nothing to do at noon. You’ll hear some great music and spend a relaxing hour in the HUB, the perfect way to wind down at the end of the last week of classes and relax before finals start up! - Events & Entertainment Guide for Penn Staters


"Chew it Von Shakes"

Von Shakes are upping sticks, packing toothbrushes and VD cream, and heading for the US of A next week, and on the strength of this single, it’s easy to see why. Full on slacker rock, tongues planted firmly in cheek is what the Von Shakes lads are selling, and i gotta say, i’m on board.

Nearly every band around is on a serious trip, which isn’t a bad thing, it’s actually what makes VS stand out from the crowd. Flick-neck-pickup-on-and-bend-strings riffery is the order of the day with “Pale”, mid tempo groovathon antics, and self mockery lyrics follow suit. Sorta like a hymn to every Nada Surf fan who just wants more of this thing, the American gig scene and college radio should lap this up. I did, and i’m a miserable cunt.

Ever wonder why Weezer started to suck? Von Shakes cock-whipped Rivers Cuomo, and forced him to hand over the songs that SHOULD have been on “Pinkerton”..4.25/5 - Chew Your Own Fat


"Von Shakes have Passion and Talent"

Buried in the basement of Arlene’s Grocery lies a little venue with a modest bar and low stage. Although the likes of the Arctic Monkeys and the Strokes held residency at this former grocery store, it’s hard to know what night talent will walk into the doors again.

The Von Shakes, an indie rock band from Dublin, had their first gig in months set as the late 10 o’clock slot. Although lead singer Paddy Brazel was a little frazzled to be up on stage without any real practice for a while, the band seemed fresh and charismatic.

Despite having little room to work with and a dangerously drunk crowd, the Von Shakes didn’t play around like the other bands from earlier. They were there to show what they had to offer whether or not A&R associates lurked the small box of a room or not. Brazel offered little anecdotes and talked to the crowd comfortably as if they were playing Madison Square Garden and not a Lower East Side bar.

Their confident stage presence matches up with their incredibly dynamic and well put together music. “The Routine,” a single from their first album, dominated their set giving the already crazy crowd something to jump to.

In support of their latest EP, Almost Nobody, “Pale” made its debut. The slower rock song fit in well since it still holds classic elements just like the rest of their material.

Although their set was only 45 minutes, their obvious talent was made even more apparent by the previous bands that had technical errors and no unique sound or spirit. Von Shakes have the passion and the songs to make it far past these small venues into the realms of arenas. They may be the next of residencies to move on to recording deals and major record labels. - Adrienne Wenner - The Celebrity Cafe


"Von Shakes Interview 12/04/11"

Von Shakes were the most recent band to take part in the SU Sessions at NUIG. I caught up with them afterwards and asked them a few questions J

First off, the name of the band – Where did that come from?

Paddy: We actually always get this question. One morning after a gig we weren’t feeling the best having breakfast, we all had the shakes from the night out and we thought ‘The Shakes’ would be a good name, but then we thought there are so many bands with ‘the’ like The Strokes, The Thrills, and then Masty (Aaron) said why don’t we put ‘Von’ in front and we said yeah. No big mystery to it! Mind you, we’d been struggling with a name for a year.
Hugh: And we weren’t even sure of it but then one of our friends who is pretty big in Germany offered us a chance to come over and play a gig with him and when we saw the name on the site, ‘Von Shakes’ we thought it looked really cool. It’s stuck ever since!

You’re all from Dublin. How did the band get started in the first place?

Hugh: We all went to the same school. The two lads (Paddy and Aaron) were the year ahead of us (Hugh and Killian).
Killian: We started jamming when we were younger.
Hugh: Then we all finished school and we’ve been serious for the last two years or so.

Do you all come from musical backgrounds?

Killian: I think so yeah. All the classics, The Eagles and Hendrix and everyone were kind of bred into us when we were kids, and we kind of moved on from there. All our parents would have played an instrument at some stage as well.
Paddy: Yeah, it’s the same with myself, and Masty’s dad was a drummer.
Aaron: Yeah, I stole his drum kit and there we go. The rest is history!
Paddy: My mum is a singer as well so that’s where we get it from.
Hugh: His uncle is also our manager; he used to be in a big band back in the eighties, toured with U2 and stuff.
Paddy: Google him. He’s still bigger than we are! 20 years later.

And since you’ve started the band, where has been the best place you’ve played?

Unison: Galway! Obviously!
Paddy: All of them.
Hugh: The best venue in my opinion is The Academy up in Dublin. I love playing that.
Killian: We played in Russia a bit and it is absolutely nuts over there, the people are absolutely crazy.

Getting gigs in Ireland – Easy or hard?

Aaron: Easy to get gigs, hard to get good ones!
Killian: Yeah, there are so many gigs and so many bands going around but to get good slots is tough.
Hugh: Last year when we had the album out we did something like fifty gigs, and about thirty to thirty-five of them were absolutely shite. Then there were some that were absolutely unbelievable and a few in-between that were great as well. This year then we’re kind of picking and choosing much better. We’ve done a lot of good gigs.
Killian: At the start, it was any way to get our name out there and now its stop doing shit gigs basically!

That album, ‘The Routine’ was released last year.

Paddy: Yeah, this time last year.

And do you have anything new coming up?

Killian: We just released the single last Wednesday, ‘My Side’. It’s on iTunes, and it’s a completely new direction.
Paddy: Not a completely new direction but we’ve kind of honed in on a certain area because the album was a load of different influences.
Hugh: A scattered album! Our new set now is kind of a little more to the point.
Killian: It’s gone triple platinum in a week so you can’t complain!
Hugh: It’s got more of a distinct sound to it we think anyway so hopefully everybody else thinks the same.

How did you find the whole process of being in a studio recording?

Hugh: I found there was a lot of sleeping going on. That couch!
Killian: Yeah, we were spending maybe twelve to fourteen hours a day in the studio sometimes.
Paddy: I found it kind of stressful, it’s expensive, and we tried to rush an album in two weeks and kind of felt that time was always limited. That was always in the back of my mind.
Hugh: We had to make sure to get this certain part done on this day and we were compromising you know?
Paddy: There’s not much improvisation in the album at all, it’s all parts really.
Killian: We didn’t have time really to put anything extra in it.

I also saw on your YouTube account that you held a mystery tour for your fans. How did that come about?

Paddy: We basically wanted to pay back all the people who had been good to us over the year and kind of supported us. So we hired a bus, loaded it with booze and sent the first 50 people to email us on a mystery tour! Out to Johnny Fox’s then back into town followed by an after party. It was just wild.
Hugh: It was mental.

Now for a few quick questions!
Any of you give something up for Lent?

Killian: Same thing as I gave up last year… Nothing!

Favorite song on the radio right now?

Paddy: That Marmaduke song. I’m lovin’ it.
Hugh: That was out last year wasn’t it?
Paddy: Was it?
Killian: The new Strokes tune is good.
Paddy: Yeah, ‘Machu Picchu’.
Killian: W - What Katy Thought Next...


"Von Shakes Interview 12/04/11"

Von Shakes were the most recent band to take part in the SU Sessions at NUIG. I caught up with them afterwards and asked them a few questions J

First off, the name of the band – Where did that come from?

Paddy: We actually always get this question. One morning after a gig we weren’t feeling the best having breakfast, we all had the shakes from the night out and we thought ‘The Shakes’ would be a good name, but then we thought there are so many bands with ‘the’ like The Strokes, The Thrills, and then Masty (Aaron) said why don’t we put ‘Von’ in front and we said yeah. No big mystery to it! Mind you, we’d been struggling with a name for a year.
Hugh: And we weren’t even sure of it but then one of our friends who is pretty big in Germany offered us a chance to come over and play a gig with him and when we saw the name on the site, ‘Von Shakes’ we thought it looked really cool. It’s stuck ever since!

You’re all from Dublin. How did the band get started in the first place?

Hugh: We all went to the same school. The two lads (Paddy and Aaron) were the year ahead of us (Hugh and Killian).
Killian: We started jamming when we were younger.
Hugh: Then we all finished school and we’ve been serious for the last two years or so.

Do you all come from musical backgrounds?

Killian: I think so yeah. All the classics, The Eagles and Hendrix and everyone were kind of bred into us when we were kids, and we kind of moved on from there. All our parents would have played an instrument at some stage as well.
Paddy: Yeah, it’s the same with myself, and Masty’s dad was a drummer.
Aaron: Yeah, I stole his drum kit and there we go. The rest is history!
Paddy: My mum is a singer as well so that’s where we get it from.
Hugh: His uncle is also our manager; he used to be in a big band back in the eighties, toured with U2 and stuff.
Paddy: Google him. He’s still bigger than we are! 20 years later.

And since you’ve started the band, where has been the best place you’ve played?

Unison: Galway! Obviously!
Paddy: All of them.
Hugh: The best venue in my opinion is The Academy up in Dublin. I love playing that.
Killian: We played in Russia a bit and it is absolutely nuts over there, the people are absolutely crazy.

Getting gigs in Ireland – Easy or hard?

Aaron: Easy to get gigs, hard to get good ones!
Killian: Yeah, there are so many gigs and so many bands going around but to get good slots is tough.
Hugh: Last year when we had the album out we did something like fifty gigs, and about thirty to thirty-five of them were absolutely shite. Then there were some that were absolutely unbelievable and a few in-between that were great as well. This year then we’re kind of picking and choosing much better. We’ve done a lot of good gigs.
Killian: At the start, it was any way to get our name out there and now its stop doing shit gigs basically!

That album, ‘The Routine’ was released last year.

Paddy: Yeah, this time last year.

And do you have anything new coming up?

Killian: We just released the single last Wednesday, ‘My Side’. It’s on iTunes, and it’s a completely new direction.
Paddy: Not a completely new direction but we’ve kind of honed in on a certain area because the album was a load of different influences.
Hugh: A scattered album! Our new set now is kind of a little more to the point.
Killian: It’s gone triple platinum in a week so you can’t complain!
Hugh: It’s got more of a distinct sound to it we think anyway so hopefully everybody else thinks the same.

How did you find the whole process of being in a studio recording?

Hugh: I found there was a lot of sleeping going on. That couch!
Killian: Yeah, we were spending maybe twelve to fourteen hours a day in the studio sometimes.
Paddy: I found it kind of stressful, it’s expensive, and we tried to rush an album in two weeks and kind of felt that time was always limited. That was always in the back of my mind.
Hugh: We had to make sure to get this certain part done on this day and we were compromising you know?
Paddy: There’s not much improvisation in the album at all, it’s all parts really.
Killian: We didn’t have time really to put anything extra in it.

I also saw on your YouTube account that you held a mystery tour for your fans. How did that come about?

Paddy: We basically wanted to pay back all the people who had been good to us over the year and kind of supported us. So we hired a bus, loaded it with booze and sent the first 50 people to email us on a mystery tour! Out to Johnny Fox’s then back into town followed by an after party. It was just wild.
Hugh: It was mental.

Now for a few quick questions!
Any of you give something up for Lent?

Killian: Same thing as I gave up last year… Nothing!

Favorite song on the radio right now?

Paddy: That Marmaduke song. I’m lovin’ it.
Hugh: That was out last year wasn’t it?
Paddy: Was it?
Killian: The new Strokes tune is good.
Paddy: Yeah, ‘Machu Picchu’.
Killian: W - What Katy Thought Next...


"Great Shakes From Punk Newcomers"

Trading in a blend of fast and furious rock & roll, spiky guitar pop and punk angst, this scintillating debut from the north Dublin four-piece should prove a suitably impressive kick-start to their recording career (they’re already a live force to be reckoned with around town).
While they don’t in any way re-invent the wheel, what they do, they do very well indeed. The title track centres around a jerky, stop-start guitar riff that Joe Strummer would’ve been proud of, while ‘Beat Up Beat Down’ with its machine-gun drumming and passionate vocals is a tour-de-force of tight musicianship.
It’s not all frenetically paced salvos in the Von Shakes household – ‘If You Go’ showcases a gentler side, recalling the atmosphere of Thin Lizzy’s ‘Still In Love With You’ while the slow-burning ‘Template’ builds to an impressive crescendo. Other highlights include the jaunty ‘Happy Song’ and the jangly indie of ‘Obsession’. With production assistance from guitarist-to-the-stars and former Blades/Partisans man Conor Brady, Von Shakes have certainly announced their arrival in style.
Great Shakes, anybody?
- Hot Press Magazine


"Great Shakes From Punk Newcomers"

Trading in a blend of fast and furious rock & roll, spiky guitar pop and punk angst, this scintillating debut from the north Dublin four-piece should prove a suitably impressive kick-start to their recording career (they’re already a live force to be reckoned with around town).
While they don’t in any way re-invent the wheel, what they do, they do very well indeed. The title track centres around a jerky, stop-start guitar riff that Joe Strummer would’ve been proud of, while ‘Beat Up Beat Down’ with its machine-gun drumming and passionate vocals is a tour-de-force of tight musicianship.
It’s not all frenetically paced salvos in the Von Shakes household – ‘If You Go’ showcases a gentler side, recalling the atmosphere of Thin Lizzy’s ‘Still In Love With You’ while the slow-burning ‘Template’ builds to an impressive crescendo. Other highlights include the jaunty ‘Happy Song’ and the jangly indie of ‘Obsession’. With production assistance from guitarist-to-the-stars and former Blades/Partisans man Conor Brady, Von Shakes have certainly announced their arrival in style.
Great Shakes, anybody?
- Hot Press Magazine


Discography

Almost Nobody EP (March 2012)
My Side Single (April 2011)
The Routine Album (April 2010)
The Routine Single (2010)
Out of Order Single (2009)
Mind Your Head EP (2007)

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Bio

Von Shakes, “One of Ireland’s greatest live acts in years,” (Today FM) are the latest Irish Import to embody the sound of youth, angst, and chaos as they take over American soil. Adding a punk edge to their indie rock & roll foundation, the foursome calls to mind The Postelles, The Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, The Strokes, The Replacements and The Wombats. Known throughout Ireland, England, Germany, Russia and now the US for providing an onslaught of energy with every melodic vocal, guitar riff and drum beat, Paddy Brazel (vocals/guitar), Hugh O’Reilly (guitar/backing vocals), Cillian McSweeney (bass/backing vocals), and Ryan Normandin (drums) bring their vivacious rock swagger to every gig they do. Moving to America in March 2012, they’ve already been nominated Best Music Act with Campus Activitites Magazine and Best Band with APCA.The quartet is also putting the finishing touches on a new album, Bohemia, to be released in November of 2013. Check out the website at http://www.vonshakes.com

Band Members