“Catch the Sun” by Shake Some Action!

March 04. 2014 | By Jason Martinez

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Shake Some Action!
Catch the Sun
[Satellite 451 Records]

Shake Some Action! It’s a band name, but for these Seattle jangle-pop merchants, it’s also a call to fans of all things melodic and groovy. Like a really cool vintage suit, their jangly guitar sound’s got an old familiarity without being retro to a fault. Their fifth full-length album, Catch the Sun, is full of catchy pop-rock numbers from top to bottom. “Colors Exploding” sounds destined to be a big crossover hit, while the end of “Never Want to Lose Again” is a treat for classic guitarheads. “Wings” has layers and layers of melodies, and sounds like what Oasis could’ve been if they weren’t always bickering. Australian-born singer-songwriter-mastermind James Hall’s voice is reminiscent of They Might be Giants’ John Linnell, and suits Shake Some Action!’s sunny hooks well. Catch the Sun is the perfect album for jumping in a convertible, cruisin’ down the highway, and forgetting all your troubles.

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