Published Feb 20, 2007Shook Ones arent here to redefine the punk rock wheel. "In the beginning of this band, the whole point was to be a Lifetime rip-off, and take that as far as it could go, laughs drummer Nate Huddle. One of New Jerseys finest exports, Lifetime carried the flag for melodic hardcore in the 1990s, long before the prevalence of eye shadow and Jack Skeleton lunchboxes became par for the punk course. Broken up by 1997, the bands musical legacy was stunted by the growing popularity of other, more aggressive punk offshoots.
"When we tour the U.S., a lot of bands have a similar vibe. Theres a lot of metalcore, Huddle explains. "Its something Im tired of. I find melodic music a lot more interesting. With their second full-length release, Facetious Folly Feat, Shook Ones have firmly established themselves as leaders along with a recently reunited Lifetime in the re-emerging melodic hardcore scene. At the same time, the band remain very much aware of their roots, citing their lone influence as Lifetime co-founder and guitarist Dan Yemin, and describing their sound as "Dan Yemin after eating an apple.
"At this point, its been a few years, and its kind of a joke. Mostly, laughs Huddle. "It was funny then, and its pretty much still funny now. The band sell themselves short with such tongue-in-cheek descriptions, since their latest material demonstrates a real growth in their sound. Still true to their roots, Shook Ones have developed their own style that deviates from that of genre forebears.
"We all contributed to writing this record, and I think each song sounds is a little different, and has a little bit of the personality and musical taste of the person who wrote it, says Huddle. "I think it kept the record interesting.