The fabulously glam and as always wonderfully coifed Shannon and the Clams hit Webster Hall this week as part of their current tour in support of their newest offering, Year Of The Spider. The album came out at the end of the summer, just in time for the band to get on the road after over a year of you-know-what had made that an impossibility. Addressing themes of doom, disaster, love and beauty, the album is their most audacious yet and fans were hungry to hear the songs performed live.
I had not yet seen Shannon and the Clams perform so was excited to be able to finally get to do so. I unfortunately missed the opening act, Delicate Steve, but made it in right before the headlining set and settled into the photo pit with a few moments to spare before the first notes rang out. Lead singer/bassist Shannon Shaw’s vocal presence is the star of the show and my favorite part of this band; seeing her perform live definitely strengthened that for me. Easily filling the whole room with their doo-wop girl group inspired sound, the band held the audience in rapt attention in the palm of their hand for the duration of the evening.
The world is weird and hard, but when the going gets tough, a Shannon and the Clams set is exactly what I needed to shake things off and the midweek pick me up we all deserve.
Scroll down to see pics of the show (photos by Kate Hoos)
SHANNON AND THE CLAMS