Another interesting band serve up their debut single, this time it’s Shake The Baron with ‘Ghost Hits’. Having met on the first day of college in the fall of 2007, guitarist/vocalist Andrew Oedel, drummer Matt Addison, and bassist Max Currier bonded over their common love of good music and bad beer. Acoustic jam sessions and impromptu sing-alongs soon became collaborative songwriting sit-downs resulting in the indie-rock band now signed by New York’s Super Duper Records. The label having worked with some of New York’s finest talents including Justin Gerrish (Vampire Weekend, Weezer), even from this first taster, it looks like Super Duper will have another success on their hands with Shake The Baron.
‘Ghost Hits’, taken from the album of the same name, provides a sound that “is both fresh and familiar. The guitar motif is endlessly addictive whilst the rhythmic pattern keeps listeners on their toes” states the press release, simply no way of putting it stronger. They have a niffy, subdued charm, even though ‘Ghost Hits’, with it’s accompanying promo video, concerns the ‘battle’ of the more than many, relationship arguments, although the song is still delivered with a light touch; words like fractured or twisted or broken find no home here, sniff. Over all ‘Ghost Hits’ is quite bright, upbeat and unbruised, whereas visually it’s a side walk drama. First impression, another good band we should keep an eye out for, with Shake The Baron listing bands like The Strokes and Sonic Youth amongst their influences so, unlike most bankers it seems, they even the band’s heart is in the right place. 7.7/10