Portland’s The Shaky Hands pretty much got us through 2007. Their debut album was a solid work of jangly pop tunes, astute observations, hummable melodies and left us with that skipping along upbeat feeling. Not a lot of music can do that and sustain that vibe for 40-minutes.
We discovered their album in the summer and it carried us well into the fall. For whatever reason, they never got the love we felt they deserved around the internets. Maybe it’s because they’re not from New York and all the major publications are from New York and that’s why you’ve got a band like Vampire Weekend being flogged to death from bloggy buzz. But whatevs. We’re content to keep The Shaky Hands to ourselves.
This time they’ve got a new video for the albums lead track “Whales Sing.” The band is playing grown up Teletubbies, with colored sweatshirts and doing the whole beach thing. You know: playing football, early morning Tai Chi, pop-and-lock dancing, prancing in the surf.
Except now that I live in Oregon, I know that the video was shot somewhere else or has been sitting in a can for eight months. Because, ah, it’s rained every single day since I’ve been here and the beaches look more like the beaches in England than they do in this video. Maybe some parallel universe?