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Music | Review: “Rascal’s Antique” by The Shaker Hymn

The Shaker Hymn are a four-piece alternative rock outfit from Cork, Ireland. Having known each other since childhood, the band kicked off their musical adventure in 2005.

The band’s debut album, “Rascal’s Antique”, was released on 30 May 2014, through the band’s own label, Heavy Noids Records.

The self-penned and self-produced ten-track album was mixed by Christian Best (Mick Flannery / O Emperor).  On first listen to opener track ‘We Are Awake’, you can sense the possible O Emperor influence.  It’s bold and it works.

‘You Taste Like Nothing (On The Vine)’ and ‘Hunter & The Headman’ are more clean-cut than the hard edge associated with the first track.

Latest single ‘The Runaway’ is standout and driving the album in the right direction.  Tracks such as ‘Caroline’ and ‘Cold Unknown’ are a welcome arrival as they bring the tempo down a bit, but other than that, The Shaker Hymn Express rolls right on through the rest of this album.

Impressive debut album effort from the rising Cork band.

The album will be available from www.theshakerhymn.com and the bandcamp player below.

Tour Dates:

6 June  – DeBarras, Clonakilty
12 June  – Medicine Sessions, Lismore
13 June – Briery Gap, Macroom (Acoustic, w/ Ollie Cole)
14 June  – Dolan’s, Limerick (w/ Foxjaw)
22 June – Pine Lodge, Myrtleville (6pm)
28 June – Pavilion, Cork