The Shaker Hymn craft sharp and thoughtful pop songs, reminiscent of the lush and warm guitar music of the late 60’s such as The Byrds and Pink Floyd blended with the cavalier approach of acts like Supergrass, Cass McCombs and Kurt Vile. There is a lyrical wit and a bite that is distinctly recognisable from their hometown of Cork. Their third album ‘The Last Concorde’ was released in June 2022, a classic powerful glam rock inspired guitar album infused with hypercosmic sonic flavours.
The group began recording their latest album over five years ago with producer Brendan Fennessy and released a single, ‘Dead Trees’ the following year in anticipation of the new record and live shows to accompany. Unexpectedly, drummer Shane Murphy became seriously ill and a routine procedure in the summer of 2018 turned into a distressing ordeal which left him in critical condition for a number of weeks. During a tumultuous 2018 and 2019 he worked himself back to strength while plans for the band decidedly took a back seat until, during the more tempered months of lockdown of 2020, the band was able to finish recording their long awaited third album.
The band, which began making rudimentary teenage noise back in 2005, and matured into The Shaker Hymn during a two-month American excursion early in 2012 have released two albums to date. 2014’s `Rascal’s Antique’ and 2016’s ‘Do You Think You’re Clever’ as well as a five track EP ‘The Shape Of The Sea’ were all filled with deft hooks, acute observations and compelling songwriting. The group have toured Ireland extensively including festivals; Body & Soul, Hard Working Class Heroes and Knockanstockan as well as touring the UK and Belgium. Their single ‘Sucking It Out’ appeared on the soundtrack to breakout Irish film ‘Handsome Devil’.
* STEREOGUM “Gorgeous retro pop-rock”
* LouderThanWar “Big sounds, big ideas, great production and lots of charm”