The Shacks - Haze (Big Crown Records)

Add Date: 04/03
Focus Track: 2, 3, 5, & 7
FCC: Clean
Formats: College, Modern Rock Specialty, Triple A

Artist Info: Fronted by 20-year-old singer/bassist Shannon Wise and 21-year-old guitarist/producer Max Shrager, The Shacks are already well on their way to becoming one of the year’s big breakouts, and their remarkable debut album, Haze, solidifies their status as a band with ability to deliver on the well-deserved buzz.

When Max and Shannon met in high school, a bond was created that has permeated their music since the Shacks’ first incarnation four years ago. That chemistry lies at the heart of Haze, a record so hypnotic and seductive that it feels more like a whispered late-night secret than a young band’s debut. Produced together by Shrager and Big Crown co-founder Leon Michels, the album was recorded in bits and pieces between Shrager’s basement and Michels’ Diamond Mine studio, which the Observer dubbed “the Shangri La of Soul.”

It’s as unique as it sounds, and in the short time that they’ve been together, The Shacks have already made an impressive mark. Their hypnotic cover of Ray Davies’ “This Strange Effect” soundtracked a new iPhone commercial, one which actually stars Wise herself, and their self-titled EP earned the band dates with St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Chicano Batman, and their Big Crown Records labelmates Lee Fields & The Expressions. Critics have been quick to notice the group, too, with NPR’s World Café calling their music “the early work of a force to be reckoned with” and Vice i-D raving that they “bring a fresh sensibility to classic American sounds.”