Shannon And The Clams – “Corvette” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Shannon Shaw has a hell of a voice. She effortlessly toggles from a croon to a purr to a rumble, all the while retaining the kind of magnetic charisma that silences rooms. Her band, the 1950s-flavored Oakland trio Shannon And The Clams, just announced their fourth LP Gone By The Dawn, which will be out this fall. “It’s not dark, but it’s kind of a devastated album,” Shaw told The Daily Californian. “Cody [Blanchard, guitarist] and I both ended up going through these really sad breakups right around the same time, so that’s absolutely reflected in the work.”

That’s certainly true of first single “Corvette.” The song is probably the highest-fi they’ve ever sounded, with that voice resting comfortably in the center of a spacious arrangement of trudging bass and twangily mournful guitar, and the lyrics manage to simultaneously convey a very specific heartbreak and puncture the broader fantasy of the sunglasses-wearing, fast car-driving cool guy. The Loren Risker-directed video perfectly matches that idea, alternating between shots of the band performing in black-and-white and a brightly colored, obviously green-screened romantic ride in the titular Corvette. By the end, of course, the retro hunk boyfriend is revealed as a fake, a literal leather-clad Ken doll. Watch and listen below, and check out the album art and some tour dates while you’re at it.

Tour dates:
06/20 Los Angeles, CA @ The Getty
07/04 Oakland, CA @ Burger Boogaloo +
07/15 Reno, NV @ Holland Project
07/16 Boise, ID @ Neurolux
07/17 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir*
07/18 Spokane, WA @ Mootsy’s
07/19 Missoula, MT @ Old Beck VFW Post 209
07/21 Lethbridge, AB @ The Slice
07/22 Edmonton, AB @ The Buckingham
07/23 Calgary, AB @ Broken City
07/25 Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
07/26 Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party !
09/11 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall @
09/24 Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy + Harriet’s #
09/25 Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room #
09/26 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah #
09/27 Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar #
09/29 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge #
09/30 Norman, OK @ Opolis
10/01 Dallas, TX @ Three Links #
10/02 Austin, TX @ TBA #
10/03 San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger #
10/04 Houston, TX @ Rudyard’s #
10/05 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia #
10/06 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl #
10/07 Durham, NC @ Pinhook #
10/08 Asheville, NC @ Mothlight #
10/12 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter $
10/13 Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong $
10/14 Philadelphia, PA @ Black Box – Underground Arts $
10/15 Baltimore, MD @ Windup Space $
10/16 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg %
10/18 Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre %
10/19 Boston, MA @ Great Scott %
10/20 Winooski, VT @ Monkey House %
10/21 Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz %
10/22 Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern %
10/23 Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory %
10/24 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean %
10/27 Madison, WI @ The Frequency %
10/28 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry %

+ – w/ John Waters, The Mummies, The Gories + more
* – w/ Chastity Belt, The Shivas
! – w/ Father John Misty, The Julie Ruin, DIIV + more
@ – w/ Silver Shadows
# – w/ Cool Ghouls
$ – w/ Las Rosas
% – w/ Shopping

And here’s the album cover:
Gone By The Dawn

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