Shannon And The Clams – “Corvette” Video (First Listen)

Shannon Shaw has a hell of a voice. She effortlessly toggles from a croon to a purr to a rumble, all the while retaining the kind of magnetic charisma that silences rooms. Her band, the 1950s-flavored Oakland trio Shannon And The Clams, just announced their fourth LP Gone By The Dawn, which will be out this fall. “It’s not dark, but it’s kind of a devastated album,” Shaw told The Daily Californian. “Cody [Blanchard, guitarist] and I both ended up going through these really sad breakups right around the same time, so that’s absolutely reflected in the work.”

That’s certainly true of first single “Corvette.” The song is probably the highest-fi they’ve ever sounded, with that voice resting comfortably in the center of a spacious arrangement of trudging bass and twangily mournful guitar, and the lyrics manage to simultaneously convey a very specific heartbreak and puncture the broader fantasy of the sunglasses-wearing, fast car-driving cool guy. The Loren Kisker-directed video perfectly matches that idea, alternating between shots of the band performing in black-and-white and a brightly colored, obviously green-screened romantic ride in the titular Corvette. By the end, of course, the retro hunk boyfriend is revealed as a fake, a literal leather-clad Ken doll. Watch and listen below, and check out the album art and some tour dates while you’re at it.

Tour dates:
06/20 Los Angeles, CA @ The Getty
07/04 Oakland, CA @ Burger Boogaloo
07/15 Reno, NV @ Holland Project
07/16 Boise, ID @ Neurolux
07/17 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir*
07/18 Spokane, WA @ Mootsy’s
07/19 Missoula, MT @ Old Beck VFW Post 209
07/21 Lethbridge, AB @ The Slice
07/22 Edmonton, AB @ The Buckingham
07/23 Calgary, AB @ Broken City
07/25 Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
07/26 Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party
09/11 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
09/24 Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy + Harriet’s
09/25 Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
09/26 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
09/27 Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
09/29 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
09/30 Norman, OK @ Opolis
10/01 Dallas, TX @ Three Links
10/02 Austin, TX @ Super Secret Special Venue TBA 6/18
10/03 San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
10/04 Houston, TX @ Rudyard’s
10/05 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
10/06 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
10/07 Durham, NC @ Pinhook
10/08 Asheville, NC @ Mothlight
10/12 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
10/13 Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong
10/14 Philadelphia, PA @ Black Box – Underground Arts
10/15 Baltimore, MD @ Windup Space
10/16 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
10/18 Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre
10/19 Boston, MA @ Great Scott
10/20 Winooski, VT @ Monkey House
10/21 Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz
10/22 Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
10/23 Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory
10/24 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
10/27 Madison, WI @ The Frequency
10/28 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry

* – w/ Chastity Belt

And here’s the album cover:
Gone By The Dawn

Gone By The Dawn is out 9/11 on Hardly Art.

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