I’m so grateful I grew up in the 80s. I had the benefit of The Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton on the radio, and for a few dollars I could still buy The Doors and Zeppelin on vinyl at The Bargain Basement. These are the bands we played at parties, and the cassette tapes we wound back with pencils in a pinch. This is the music that formed the foundation for my love of punk and metal, in all their variations and expressions. Rock is ever evolving and changing, but God bless The Soul Shakers for remembering my roots. With their debut single, “Here To Have A Good Time,” the Nashville based duo brings good goddamn rock and roll front and center once more.
Brett Hellings is an able and versatile vocalist, singing sweet and dirty, with the highs and lows of his register on display. His seductive sound is appealing and infectious in the first verse before breaking into a screaming, turn-it-up-full-blast, call-to-party chorus. Elias Reidy sings harmony and forms the backbone for The Soul Shaker sound with his shreddy guitar riffs and come-hither chords. “Here To Have a Good Time” is not a song heavy in content, and it’s not a tune meant to teach us a lesson. No one is trying to get over a breakup and no one is struggling with heavy social or political strife. This isn’t serious; it’s sex, shots, and rock-n-roll, baby. With lines like, “I’m not here to be your rock and roll boyfriend,” and “I’m here to make some bad decisions,” you have a solid tune with no pretensions. Thank the God, and pass the Jack.
Check out their video for “Here To Have A Good Time,” and make sure you get on the pre-order bandwagon. Don’t make me say, “I told you so.”