“…fiery delivery bouncing off electric riffs.” – Billboard
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SEATTLE (February 11, 2022) – Recorded in Alabama’s Muscle Shoals region at Sundrop Sound, a studio co-owned by Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes) and John Paul White (Civil Wars), the debut album from The Jaws of Brooklyn, The Shoals, embodies the sun-soaked soul and seductive grit while standing at the crossroads where rock and roll and soul converge. The album, co-produced by Tanner and the band, due out July 22 cradles a vintage 60’s-reverb sound that still feels modern – as if Aretha, Otis, and Mick were sharing a drink with the band after each session.
The Shoals dances between smoldering sizzle, psychedelic smoke, and bright vintage-soul arrangements to capture the heart of its namesake region. Guitarist Bryan Cohen layers shimmering tube melodies that can shift from tremolo-driven twang to punchy buzz in an instant. Paul Christofferson’s warm, round bass and Zia Uddin’s percussion could set up shop in the heart of Motown without missing a beat. All of the components set the stage for Lindsay Love’s dynamic range of vocal melodies. From the unapologetic feminist anthem “Fever” to the upbeat British invasion single “Forever and a Day”, her voice soars with a harmonious register fit for every situation.
Not only did the group meet during the height of the pandemic, but they wrote and recorded the album during that timeframe as well. As a Seattle-based band, they needed a change of scenery away from the clouds and opted for a place that aligned with their personal musical roots. In addition to producer duties, Tanner added his keyboardist skills using a series of analog keyboards and organs to capture the Muscle Shoals sound alongside bells and tape reverb to imbue the tracks with a retro feel. Love explains, “We wanted the songs to have a feel and vibe that the listeners would want to hold onto. We wanted retro touches with modern melodies and themes.”
Each listen uncovers a different flourish and musical nuisance. Whether it be the perfectly blended soulful croons on “All that is Golden,” the upstroke jangle on “Whose Heart is This,” or the bassline that won’t quit walking in “Sugar Sugar,” it’s a catalog of influence, originality, and unbottled energy.
About The Jaws of Brooklyn
The Jaws of Brooklyn formed when Radio Raheem’s three members (Zia Uddin-Drums, Paul Christofferson-Bass, Bryan Cohen-Guitar) met singer Lindsay Love in Seattle during the height of the COVID pandemic in August 2020. They recorded a series of 60’s flavored Rock n’ Roll and Soul demos in Cohen’s basement, which included background vocal contributions from Black Pumas’ Lauren Cervantes and keyboards from Funky 2 Death’s Melissa Montalto. The demos caught the ear of Alabama Shakes keyboardist Ben Tanner and Fitz and the Tantrums and Lady Blackbird writer/producer Chris Seefried. Their debut album also features contributions from Alabama Shakes/Brittney Howard background vocalists Shanay Johnson and Karita Law
Praise For The Jaws of Brooklyn
“The Jaws of Brooklyn, are set to chart a new course.” – American Songwriter
“’an impressive first step forward…” – Billboard
“A soulful sonic canon full of fiery passion…” – Atwood