“Ikebe Shakedown has a sound that is undeniably all their own” – KEXP, Seattle
Ten years ago, Ikebe Shakedown began pushing the boundaries of instrumental music. Each new track and live set has sent them deeper into combining the foundational elements of ’70s soul, raw psychedelic style, and cinematic Western soundtracks with powerful grooves and soaring melodies.
With their new release, Kings Left Behind (Colemine Records, the band is giving listeners more mystery and majesty than ever before. The album features the entire group writing together, allowing each instrument and element to shine through. It’s this collaboration that produces ultra-tight rhythm tracks that punch you right in the gut, even as dreamy guitars and lush horn melodies and string arrangements capture the imagination.
No matter how much things have changed over the past decade, Ikebe Shakedown has been a consistent, driving force. The band has gone from local clubs to the stages of Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits, playing with some of the biggest names in music. They continue to find new collaborators, stretch their capabilities, and add to their worldwide following. And with no signs of slowing down, it's up to listeners to imagine what comes next.