Friday, October 9, 2009

'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 A few people may dismiss the record because of the musical style but garage soul music will never go out of date just as long as there’s band’s like The Hi-Nobles, who do it right.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

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