Everyone's favorite doo-wop embellished and 60s-inspired band, Shannon & The Clams just gave word to the fact that they will release their fifth studio album, Onion, via Dan Auerbach's Easy Eye Sound label on February 16th. Over the last decade, Shannon and her chief collaborator guitarist Cody Blanchard have released four albums of 60s-inspired pop on indie labels, toured tirelessly and have gradually solidified a lineup of devoted Bay Area musicians.
Shannon & The Clams recorded Onion over ten days in early 2017 at Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound Studio in Nashville, where he helped refine and embellish the songs and steer the album. “He works in this very layered style,” Cody says. “He has all these instruments in the studio mic’d up at all times, ready to go. You can go back and add all these layers of instruments really fast and then cut stuff away in the mix.” With Shannon and Cody focused on pinning down the songs and tracking vocals, Nate and Will dug into the studio’s wealth of instruments, tapping into their own years of songwriting and multi-instrumental experience to ornament and color the tracks, which lead to the band’s most nuanced and layered album to date.
The band has also debuted their music video for Onion’s lead single, “The Boy,” directed by Ryan Daniel Browne. "The Boy" is a surf-inflected rock song that delves into Shannon and Cody's saccharine vocals and shows off a more psychedelic pop vibe than previous releases.