Shakyfoot is one hell of a jam band–no joke! From the moment I pushed play, the energy was high and the sound was electric. Heavy-hittin’ rock grooves mixed with progressive blues makes up the core of Shakyfoot’s Down on the Rain.
This band is made up of three members: Jason Scolnick on guitar & lead vocals, Bob Gobron on bass & backing vocals and Charlie Silva on drums. Ironically enough Gobron and Scolnick launched their first band back in the 90s to which an abrupt split-up pursued. 2006 rolls around and the two meet up again, by twist of fate, to become a crowd favorite in Beantown. Since that day, Shakyfoot is now prevalent and seems to be a perfect title for this group. If the shoe fits then wear it and they are wearing it well.
I truly enjoyed listening to this record because it just simply rocked! High-powered & energy-driven music with so much feeling and excitement comes pouring through. I loved the fact that these three musicians could make such a powerful sound as a trio. The chemistry between all three members is perfectly matched up. The drums are heavy hittin’ and emphatically moving, the bass is utterly smooth and the guitar is tearin’ through riffs & solos like there’s no tomorrow. Scolnick sings with immense feeling and his brash/gruff vocal delivery even resembles George Thorogood, at times. Song four, “In the Middle”, features a very fun-type of jam with an easy-kind-of-going type flow. This song even had a musical pattern that resembled a Beatles-type-vibe. The next installment, “Live w/o a Clue”, is one of my favorite tracks on the album due to its crazy energy, rock-your-socks-off mentality and smooth-as-butter bass line. One tag line from “Beat you to the Punch” that really stood out to me overall was this: “The truth bites like a great white’s crunch”. The guys decide to throw in a gospelesque type sound mixed with the hard-hitting rock mode on “Preacher Man”. Shakyfoot ends the record on a high note with nothing short of a jam fest on “Zoom Baba Loom”. I don’t know what the song title means, but it sounds good as hell!
For more this head-bobbin’, jam-rock trio from Boston and their latest release, SKOPE out www.shakyfoot.com. I’d also like to add a compliment to the picturesque portrait taken of the ocean & palm tree setting, which is displayed inside the CD cover. I’m all about the tropical scene, so I was 100% lovin’ this shot. The photography was so incredibly serene to the point where I wanted to just jump into the picture for a little bit! Now, we all need to jump to the beat of Shakyfoot–1….2….3….GO!
By Jimmy Rae[Rating: 4.5/5]