"With powerful vocal harmonies, captivating hooks, and relentlessly energetic instrumentation, the 4-piece rock-n-roll band Shake has made an explosive entrance into Vermont as their 'modern twist to melodic rhythm and blues' has quickly become the popular sound of the state."
In November of 2015, Jesse Agan (guitar) formed the band Shake with original members Karyl Williams (vocals), Steven Beaulieu (drums), and Brad Ohlson (bass). By 2017, the on-stage personalities of the four young musicians had turned the heads of many involved in the Vermont music scene.
Through 60+ shows between 2016 and 2017, Shake became known as a musical force to be reckoned with. Their sudden appearance on the scene had stirred the curiosity of not only the top Vermont venues, but also the top Vermont musicians. Taking gigs alongside the likes of "8084," the "Phil Abair Band," and "Carol Ann Jones and the Supercharges," Shake had started to gain the recognition they desired.
They recorded their first demo "Get It Now" in St. Albans with grammy-nominated producer André Maquera (8084). It was a 6-track demo that included 5 original tunes and one groovy cover of the Amy Winehouse version of "Valerie." Songs like "Don't You Want Me Back" became popular through memorably melodic guitar riffs while tracks such as "What Is Love Anyway" showed the talent of Karyl Williams through her soulful vocal performances.
Despite the growing success of the band in the majority of the State, the real challenge has been Burlington - the seemingly art-centric and all-inclusive hub for artists. The Burlington area is musically cluttered with jam cover bands hoping to follow in the footsteps of "The Grateful Dead" and Vermont's very own "Phish." Shake has made a few appearances in the Burlington area at venues such as "Higher Ground," and they have done very well at these shows. However, they are seldom given the opportunity to break the mold and relieve the regular show-goers of the extensive psychedelic solos and solemn lyrical content with their up-beat tempos and their exceptional - if not inspirational - lyrics.
To bring back a taste of good old-fashioned popular rock, Shake covers the 'B' side of popular artists from the 1950's to the nows. Their original content is also reminiscent of classic rock, with party-induced instrumentations and playfully flirtatious melodies. One of the staples of Shake - their live vocal harmonies - has provided their music with a warmth that has elevated them to levels far beyond the rest of the local bands. Another staple is their showmanship, which has further pushed the envelope, and has fans eager to see the next show (and the next, and the next...)
If you have not yet had the opportunity to see this young group of musicians perform, you are missing out on one of the biggest parties in the State of Vermont.
"One of the most rockin'ist bands in Vermont! These guys play EVERYTHING!" - Walter Gulfield