The Shakey Tables were formed in 2013 around lead singer and songwriter Jaclyn Dima’s music. By 2014, they had refined their classy three-part harmonies and high-energy, funked-out rhythm section and were being touted by local press as ‘a hybrid of The Supremes and Red Hot Chili Peppers’. The group recorded their debut album, “A Shakey Table Situation”, at Galaxy Smith Studios with producer Dave Brandwein.
The Shakey Tables a true band that actually plays real instruments, no samples, real horns, true funk and pop infused with rock, soul, swing and a whole lot over flavors in between, plus a lead singer that will knock you down with her voice and sexy swagger. This band has definitely put the fun(k) back in music. Jaclyn Dima provides us with an old school and modern sound. Her vocals are truly masterful. At times she sounds brash and others withering but you can sense she is baiting you. Then she leads you down to a tremendous explosion of joyful, melodic vocal mastery.
The sound the The Shakey Tables are offering is nothing short of what you would expect from a group with this talent. They have found a way to place you back into the music just the way that the master artists of the 60’s and 70’s did. Smooth old school grooves, neo-funk, eclectic pop, all wrapped up in one. What is there to say except that this group’s musical genius brilliantly and beautifully brings all these genres off into a wonderful blend of extraordinary musical melodies that moves the soul, the mind, and gives the listener a higher plane of listening pleasure to their senses.
True musical craftsmanship is hard to find in this day and time in the entertainment world with everything digitized, and singers who sound as if your ears deserve some sort of punishment for enduring their unearthly sounds which are classified as singing these days; yet these artists are racking up undeserved fame that breeds that unending question mark in your musical mind of “How?”
Not so with The Shakey Tables. The minute the opening bars of “I Like Your Shoes” kicks in, you know you’re in for one non-stop funking ride. It grooves, it jives, its slick. The Shakey Tables have learned that crucial, perceptible ingredient that made the funk of the 70’s what it was. And it wasn’t just real instruments either. Everything here not only showcases musical professionalism and solid instrumentation, but that songwriting has taken a priority, in line with the tight grooves and slam-bang jamming, which to my ears is very much the winning factor, and sets The Shakey Tables apart from others in the genre. And it’s extremely obvious on standout tracks like “If You’re the Devil”, “Don’t Stop”, “Coming up Roses” and “Good Kings”.
You can’t help but get up and shake your booty a little when “A Shakey Table Situation” is playing. It is phenomenal that a modern band can still successfully produce old-school sounds with such grooving, confident fortitude. These songs are complex, sexy and seductive, but done like second nature for this band. The Shakey Tables has a sound that transcends generations. The music is timeless and the artists are impeccable in their craft. What more could you ask for?
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