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Released: 11.9.15

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Shannon Shaw and the Clams hail from the hipster paradise of Oakland, and from first appearances could easily pop up on Portlandia or Girls. Queer oddballs with their genderfuck worn on their sleeves, there’s far more to the Clams than interesting wardrobes and laudable sexual politics. Taking their cues from the finest jukebox pop, the band draw on doo-wop, garage rock, surf and the girl groups. I Will Miss The Jasmine mixes elements of Buddy Holly’s guitar, Del Shannon’s plaintive wail and the freaky lo-fi sci-fi of Telstar, Point Of Being Right channels the Shangri-las and Corvette is Portishead gone surf.

Live, the band are a transgressive treat and this album is sure to fill the gap between British shows.

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