Alabama Shakes! New! Improved! Now with BIGGER venue!

Posted by Wayne Fox on Friday May 4, 2012 Under R&B/Soul, Rock

Alabama Shakes

Yes. That’s right people, remember you heard it here first (or maybe you were on the HMV Institute mailing list like me ;o) )

If you were upset that you missed-out on a Birmingham ticket to see the hotly tipped Alabama Shakes, then fret no more! They’ve been upgraded to the BIG ROOM! I know!

But be quick as they’re obviously selling fast HERE. The gig is still on Friday 11 May 2012, by the way.

Obviously, if you can’t make it you can expect a lovely review by Daron with accompanying snaps by yours truly. So remember, if you see a bald-bespectacled guy in the pit, give me a shout and I’ll get your picture on here. Just remember to say cheese! ;o)

Words by Wayne Fox, email Wayne.
Photo by Pieter M. van Hattem.


Alabama Shakes
+ Childhood
Friday 11 May @ HMV Institute, Birmingham
Alabama Shakes Biography

Alabama Shakes have delivered ‘Boys & Girls’—six of the songs from that initial Nashville session, and another five recorded during the rest of the year. From the heart-rending title song to such funky stomps as ‘Rise to the Sun’, the album demonstrates the sense of groove and space the band learned from their idols, along with a blistering force and emotion that simply can’t be learned.

Overwhelmed by the response they’ve already received, there is one perception of the band that they want to challenge. “A lot of people think we’re a soul revival act,” says Bass player Zack Cockrell. “That’s an honour to me, classic R&B is my favourite kind of music, but everybody has their own influences. Brittany is way more into rock and roll—she likes things pretty amped up most of the time.” The release of ‘Boys & Girls’ marks the arrival of a major new rock and roll band.

“Their raucous live shows are already the stuff of legend… the future is theirs for the taking” – NME

Check out this live performance of “Hold On”:


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