Friday, October 9, 2009

Fire Note review of 'Shake'.

Fire Drill Review:
This is probably one of the most bizarre meshings of previous bands but The Hi-Nobles are made up of Bay Area musicians from '70s punks The Avengers and the metal group Mordred to release Shake's 60's inspired garage & soul rock n roll. The record brings 100% energy and dips into bluesy undertones, which keeps the album grounded and from overreaching into a straightforward garage sound. The Hi-Nobles don't have any new cards up their sleeves when it comes to this style but the group totally makes up for it with song substance, energy and keeping your foot tapping throughout the entire record.

3.5 /5

Harsh review of 'Shake'...

From Ventvox

Interview with The Hi-Nobles

Read it HERE at Banned Promotions

'Shake' review at Frantikmag.

You got that 60’s soul in you? Well, no worries, The Hi-Nobles will kick your soul into high gear and get your soul shakin’ like you were back in the glory days of 60’s garage soul funk! Shake! is the Hi-Nobles debut from Zaentz Records which involves the unlikely pairing of metal/punk/thrash vets Scott Holderby of Mordred and Greg Ingraham of Avengers.

The band is rounded out by Henry Austin on bass, Guy Alvarez on drums and Jeff Hashfield on keys who adds that signature, organ-drenched, sound of The Hi-Nobles. Fusing a very potent form of mod/garage/soul rock with enthusiastic vocals and up-tempo jaunts, The Hi-Nobles are taking you back to a time when garage soul music was the only thing that mattered. “Soul Sister” gets the party underway and blasts off with a raucous romp, fit to get any booties shakin’. Garage rockin’ “Ain’t No Sin” brings the rock out of the garage and into the dance floor with a super groovy take on garage soul. “Stings A Bit” sees the band performing a funked out jam led by an organ riff that grooves with a capital G. Title track “Shake!” will definitely set your souls on fire and will most likely have you shakin’ up a storm before you know it. Radio ready “International Playboys” blows up with Scott’s soul-testifying lyrics and vocals coupled by the band’s fantastic arrangement. “Miss Addy” is all about Greg’s fantastic guitar work and Henry’s drop dead bass noodling which really makes the song come alive. The Hi-Nobles have definitely hit a high note with this record. A few people may dismiss the record because of the musical style but garage soul music will never go out of date just as long as there’s band’s like The Hi-Nobles, who do it right. The musical attainability and substance of Shake! is most genuine and spells out good times, track-per-track. Shake!, as the album title suggests, will shake your soul to the core and get your two left feet dancing in no time. There’s enough high energy soul and funk on this album for a whole generation. So what are you waiting for? Revive your soul and get Shake!-in!


By: Gian Erguiza

Hi-Nobles album review.

The Hi-Noble's eagerly awaited debut record, 'Shake', received the following review at Snobmusic:

'September 29th is the new release date for Shake, the new studio album from The Hi-Nobles. The band is comprised of veteran musicians from the Bay Area scene, who bring backgrounds ranging from punk to metal to straight up rock.
The album not surprisingly sounds nothing like those styles. Sure a punk rock bassline can be heard on tracks like "Miss Addy", but the influences are subtle. Rather, the inspiration for Shake seems to be pub rock and blues rock.
A song like "International Playboys" (I guess Morrissey wasn't the last of the famous ones after all) has more in common with the Blues Brothers Revue than they do with The Avengers. Moreover, both in sound and theme "Big Black Car" will have you drawing comparisons to the Cream classic "Politician".
It may not be groundbreaking, but for balls-to-the-wall rock, The Hi-Nobles strike all the right chords.
Best tracks: "Miss Addy", "Soul Sister"
Track listing for Shake:
Soul Sister
Ain't No Sin
Big Black Car
Stings a Bit
International Playboys
Red Eye
Love Don't Come Around
Miss Addy
Don't Go
Gold Tipped Rhino

Rating: 7.0/10

Hi-Nobles album and show news...

Read it HERE at Blabbermouth

The Hi-Nobles at the Java Lounge

The band rockin' Sacramento, watch it HERE

Bullet Labor Day Weekender

The Hi-Nobles and more cool, garage/soul/hammond bands HERE

Underground Empire article...

A Stefan Glas sent a Mordred article via email from UNDERGROUND EMPIRE