Shannon and the Clams, “Corvette”

Abbie Hornburg

Over their three previous albums, Shannon and The Clams have created a sound that is distinctively their own while sharpening retro-pop into a raw edge. In their new song, “Corvette,” the Oakland-based indie punk trio greases the line between frantic 80’s rock ‘n’ roll and 60’s pop nostalgia as Shannon croons like a punk rock Etta James. Her voice is soulful in a way that is wholeheartedly and uniquely sincere, yet it carries an element of melancholy that has the potential to open oceans of sadness.

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“Corvette” is the first song from the band’s upcoming fourth LP, Gone By the Dawn. In the video, directed by Loren Risker, Shannon takes a ride in a Barbie Pink dream car. The fantasy image of Shannon cruising seaside with her man is turned into a Shadow Morton-style doomed romance. Shots that switch between black-and-white and Kodachrome color further the melodrama and themes of lost love. Sadly, not everything is meant to be as Shannon cries at the end, “I’m just waiting here…for a corvette that never comes.” Shannon’s retro hunk is revealed to be nothing but a phony and plastic Ken doll, the one that never manifests all the dreams a little girl expects with the perfect smile and fanciful romance.

Gone By the Dawn is out 9/11 on Hardly Art.

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