Shannon and the Clams

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Shannon and the Clams
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Shannon and the Clams performing in 2013
Background information
OriginOakland, California, United States
Years active2009 (2009)–present
Labels1-2-3-4 Go! Records, Hardly Art, Easy Eye Sound
Associated actsHunx and His Punx
  • Shannon Shaw
  • Cody Blanchard
  • Nate Mahan
  • Will Sprott

Shannon and the Clams is an indie garage punk quartet based in Oakland, California. Known for a vintage sound that incorporates elements of doo-wop, classic R&B, garage psych, and surf, Shannon and the Clams has drawn comparisons to both Buddy Holly and 1960s girl groups.[1] They are also said to love "music from '50s oldies to '80s punk".[2]

The band includes vocals from bassist Shannon Shaw, guitarist Cody Blanchard, and keyboardist Will Sprott, along with drums by Nate Mahan. Shaw and Blanchard met at the California College of the Arts, where they began performing together.[3] Shaw is also a member of queercore punk outfit Hunx and His Punx.[4]

Shannon and the Clams' debut album, I Wanna Go Home, was released in 2009. In 2011, the group followed up with their sophomore effort, Sleep Talk.[5] Their third album, Dreams in the Rat House, was released in May 2013.[6]

Their album, Gone by the Dawn, is described by Still in Rock as "the most beautiful manifestation in recent years of what I would call the 'Elvis Presley culture'".[7]

Released in 2018, Onion was Shannon and the Clams' first release on Dan Auerbach's Easy Eye Sound label.[8] Auerbach also produced the album.[9]


A reviewer at Still in Rock stated that their "shows are among the best in the world, with an inexhaustible spirit and a musical style with no equivalent. Its influence on the independent scene is one of the greatest, together with Ty Segall and very few others."[2]

A reviewer at wrote that Shannon and the Clams has the "sound of a prom band in 1964 getting dosed with acid and having the sweetest lovelorn freak out. Imagine a brawling Etta James, backed up by the 13th Floor Elevators singing Shangri La's tunes."[10] The Chicago Reader's Jessica Hopper described Shannon and the Clams as "something from a John Waters lucid dream... complete with horny teenage anthems that walk the line between greasy, frantic 50s rock 'n' roll and innocent, hip-swinging 60s pop."[4]

In an effusive review of Onion, Allison Wolfe wrote: "Reminiscent of the Collins Kids, both Shannon and Cody's voices mingle and soar, and I often can't tell their beautiful articulations apart. No matter – this is a gorgeously sincere and infectious body of work that I can't put down."[11]

Band members[edit]

  • Shannon Shaw – (vocals, bass)
  • Cody Blanchard – (vocals, guitar)
  • Nate Mahan – (drums)
  • Will Sprott – (vocals, keyboards)


Studio albums[edit]

  • I Wanna Go Home (2009)
  • Hunk Hunt (2010)
  • Sleep Talk (2011)
  • Dreams in the Rat House (2013)
  • Gone by the Dawn (2015)
  • Onion (2018)


  1. ^ Leggett, Steve. "Shannon and the Clams - Biography". Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Interview: Shannon and the Clams". StillInRock. February 27, 2014. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  3. ^ Huston, Johnny Ray (June 23, 2010). "SCENE: Shannon and the Clams open up". San Francisco Bay Guardian.
  4. ^ a b Hopper, Jessica (April 2011). "Hunx & His Punx, Shannon & the Clams, Mickey". Chicago Reader.
  5. ^ Douglas, Martin (April 20, 2011). "Shannon and the Clams: Sleep Talk". Pitchfork.
  6. ^ Douglas, Martin (May 21, 2013). "Shannon and the Clams: Dreams in the Rat House". Pitchfork.
  7. ^ "Album Review: Shannon and the Clams – Gone by the Dawn". StillInRock. September 2015. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  8. ^ "Easy Eye Sound: Shannon & the Clams". Easy Eye Sound. 2018. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  9. ^ "Shannon and The Clams Triumph Over Tragedy on New Album". OnTapOnline. On Tap Magazine. July 20, 2018. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  10. ^ "Shannon and the Clams". Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  11. ^ Wolfe, Allison (February 28, 2018). "Peeling Back the Layers of Shannon and the Clams' Onion". Talkhouse. Retrieved October 21, 2018.

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