Released: 2012, Eonian Records
Eonian Records is one of my favourite specialty labels. They champion the unsung like no other. Recently they have put out a couple of records, Rattleshake and Murder Bay that both deserve your attention.
The usual high quality applies to the self-titled album by Rattleshake. Gorgeous package with photos, an essay and liner notes. For something that recorded back in 1989 it sounds awesome, courtesy of the initial production of Rob Beaton and his 2008 remastering as well.
This quintet of good-looking (back then!) hard rockers delivered a (lucky) seven cut album that spans just under half an hour. Leave ‘em wanting more. The bands strut and swagger through the songs, a great mix of Great White in places, like the subdued, bass-led intro of ‘Take Me Down’, which then takes off to the party! The band opens with ‘Shootin’ Whiskey’ an infectious cut loaded with the cowbell and great chorus. The band kinda get a bit bluesy with the acoustic fired ‘Mudbone Delight’ . I don’t know what that means but its sounds dirty and I like it. Every song is a winner taking cues from Tesla, Tora Tora, Southgang and maybe a shot of Sweet F.A. Vocalist, Don McBee is a great blend of Axl Rose and Taime Down his charismatic voice being a highlight.
Rattleshake were one of many, many ‘never-quite-made-it’ bands that Eonian Records so fondly brings to our attention. I say this in almost every Eonian review I do, there is no reason on earth why these guys couldn’t have been huge. However, it’s never too late to enjoy them today.