Shakin’ it with 58 Shakes

A couple of weeks ago I had a cheeky little email from a guy called Darren.

Before your mind descends into the gutter, it wasn’t THAT kind of an email, but a funny message regarding a rock and roll band that Darren is part of called “The 58 Shakes”

Using the medium of famous song lyrics, he wondered if I would be interesting in reviewing their CD.

Now, as a lover of that genre of music, I wasn’t adverse to listing to a new band, however so far I have not reviewed any music on my blog.

I normally wouldn’t consider it, but the email was so cleverly written, that I emailed him back and with even more song lyrics used, said I would give it a go.

A couple of days later an envelope popped through my door, and inside was their CD “33”. Darren had told me that the band originally started out singing covers of famous rock n roll songs, but had then moved on to writing their own songs.

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Album Cover

Their CD contained 11 songs written by the band, with most vocals being provided by the female singer, Blu. The other four members Warren, Tim, Adam and of course, Darren play the instruments.

I popped the CD on and tried to sit down to have a good listen.

Now I have to admit this took me a little while. Not because I wasn’t enjoying it, but I kept getting interrupted. Then I had some family stuff. Then I had a couple of blogger events on top of working full time, and the days just kept running away with me.

However, once I sat down and listened to the CD I was in my element. Really different to listening to the classic rock n roll songs done over and over again.

I spoke with Darren who told me that the band had been together for four years, with a change in guitarist last December. They mainly gig in the Wiltshire area but you can find them as far afield as Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and even Norfolk!

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This first album “33” has a good mix of songs on, some more rockabilly, yet there are a couple of strolling songs on there too. The instruments work well together and compliment the sound they are looking for. Some great guitar playing as well as a very rhythmic toe tapping bass, especially on track 4 “Good Life”.

I asked Darren if there were any plans for another album and he confirmed that they are currently writing songs for, and to watch this space. The band take their musical influences from a wide genre including Elvis, Bob Marley and even The Police. ย You can certainly hear a few of those influences in the songs they have written.

I have to admit, 0n it’s first listen there were a couple of tracks that just didn’t speak to me. I listened to the album again, and they piqued my interest a bit more, and by the third listen I was tapping along and really enjoying them.

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Blu and the Band

I asked Darren what is favourite track was, and he told me “Graduation Day”. Whilst I like that track, my favourite has to be “Hey Freckles” as it is a pretty good jiver. The beat is moderate and has a great guitar middle section. I could see everyone getting up on their feet to dance to this one. I also love track 3, “When you’re not with me” A perfect tempo stroller.

I was also quite taken by track 6, “Cat Crawlin’ which is pretty much an instrumental track and really shows off the bands musical prowess.

All in all, I was very impressed by the CD and it has been on in my car for the past few days, and has grown on me even more!

Their gigs put together a great mix of their own songs and classic rock and roll, country and more. Everything from Johnny Cash to Eddie Cochran to Roy Orbison. Little Richard gets them up on the floor and even J.D Mcpherson is given the 58 Shakes treatment.

If you like a good mix of rock n roll, why not go and have a look at their website, which includes their up and coming gigs. In fact, they have just been confirmed to support rock and roll royalty Mike Sanchez in a gig on 30th June in Swindon. I reckon it will be a cracking night out!

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The 58 Shakes

Lastly I would like to thank Darren for sending me the humorous email to start with! I genuinely loved the CD and hope to hear more soon.

*****Although this item was sent to me, it does not guarantee a positive review. All words and opinions are my own*****

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  • Always Carry On.

    Sounds like the sort of band my boyfriend and I would love to see live! X

  • Gareth Torrance

    I think I’m gonna have to check these guys out! Thanks for bringing them to my attention!

  • Ickle Pickle

    They sound awesome! I will tell my daughter too – she is studying music technology and all genres of music! Kaz

  • Joanna

    Not my usual taste I music however I can see why u enjoyed it as it does soubd fun.

  • FussFreeJen

    I went off and Googled them, had a listen and am impressed. I imagine they would be great for a live gig. Great for a themed party. Love the style.

  • This look awesome. What a great evening. I love retro music event. xx

  • Melanie Williams

    Looks like you loved the music, cd and had a great time as always ๐Ÿ™‚ x

    • always, Melanie! x

      • Melanie Williams

        Good to hear lovely ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  • Aw how lovely, it sounds like the perfect CD for rock and roll music lovers. Nice of them to send you a CD x

  • Crystal Gareau

    It sounds like an awesome cd to have, bet it kept you dancing all night.

  • They sound like my kind of band! Will have to give them a listen x

  • It’s always nice to listen to new music, esp when it’s something you can dance and bop along to x

  • Jo Wiggins

    I love The Police so I’m sure there’s a few songs on this CD I’d like too, it’s great to find new music x

    • It certainly widens up the genres you can listen to x

  • I love finding new bands, especially when I can see them live. I used to love rockabilly, but I always preferred the rockabilly that was a bit more punk rock ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I know exactly what you mean Kitty! These are pretty good though x

  • its so lovely for him to send you a cd and that you liked it too! this isn’t something I’m into but i am intrigued!

    • It was a lovely thing to do and I am so glad he did x

  • You look so lovely in your outfits! So stunningly gorgeous. Your so lucky to have the CD’s as well. Another set of music to hear.

  • Oh I love a bit of rock n roll music!!! I’ll have to check out this cd.

  • Louise O’Brien

    I can imagine you having a little dance to his cd and singing along, you have that Hollywood singing star look about you. So lovely he sent you that cd X

    • Have you been spying on me? It was exactly what I did Louise! ๐Ÿ˜€ x

  • I’m glad you enjoyed the CD. It’s always great finding new bands!

  • I love finding new bands, glad you enjoyed the CD xx

  • Ayesha Farhad

    So glad you enjoyed listening to the CD! I love finding new bands to listen to!

    • I really did Ayesha, I can’t stop playing it! x

  • Sounds like a fab new CD to listen to! Will check out the band ๐Ÿ™‚

  • thanks for sharing your opinion

  • Oooh I love this! I’ve really been getting in to Gunhild Carling lately. She’s more Jazz but she’s so Rock n’ Roll with her style and attitude. I’ll have to give the 58 Shakes a listen ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Ooooh I am off to give her a look now! Not heard of her, but I love Jazz too! x

  • Emily Leary, A Mummy Too

    It’s great when you find new music that you love isn’t it – and very clever of Darren to get your attention with song lyrics!

    • It really was, otherwise I would never have said yes! x

  • Chloe Griffiths

    this looks like such a good night, love your outfit xo

  • Charlotte

    I love 50’s music! I had a 50’s party for my 30th with a jukebox and an amazing local band.

  • At first I thought that 58 is quite a lot of shakes, then I read that you’re talking about a band. They seem pretty cool!