This Bellingham-bred, but currently Seattle-based hardcore band is making a serious impact on a national and international level. They don't play a ton of shows locally these days, nor do they need to. They've essentially gone international based on their first two albums and the raucous shows they played all over the country and Europe in support of them. Just yesterday, the band officially released their third album, The Unquotable A.M.H., and it's already getting really good reviews. In case you're wondering who A.M.H. is, it's apparently an inside joke about '80s teen heartthrob Anthony Michael Hall. Yeah, any band that brings that dude back into the hardcore lexicon is alright with me.
Shook Ones initially got a lot of shit for sounding like Philadelphia-based hardcore band Kid Dynamite but along with that came a ton of press. Punk and hardcore blogs, zines, and magazines keep giving the band write-ups galore and the band's label, Paper+Plastick Records, is in the process of setting up another national/international tour for the band in November. But guess what? They're playing a show here in Seattle on July 21. It's their lone local performance of 2009 and the gig is at the West Seattle Legion Hall. Shook Ones clearly have the mark of a band that local audiophiles should be proud of, so hopefully people come out and support them. And if you want to know what they sound like live, check out the video above.