Movers & Shakers have been at it for some time now. Originally formed with a move from their hometown of Boston to the roots music capital of the world, Austin, TX in 2004, singer/guitar player Matt Price and bass player Dan Wallace began absorbing the sounds of twangy rock and roll and country music that would come to define the band’s underlying tones.
The boys wound up back in the northeast and formed an early, more punk rock incarnation of the band as a three-piece with former drummer Mikey Holland (Mean Creek). After releasing one 7” and some east coast touring, the line-up evolved to include Graham Stetler on drums and singer/guitar player Marc Valois. Valois showed up with a back catalog of songs, thus beginning the dual-songwriter, trade-off lead vocals dynamic Movers & Shakers employ today.
Larrabee is the band’s first proper release; A 12-song album recorded in a secluded cabin in Maine that the band rented and converted to a temporary recording studio. The album was released in the fall of 2008 and was followed by a Boston Music Awards nomination, local radio airplay and east coast touring, as well as supporting the Gaslight Anthem for their ’59 Sound release show.
In the winter of 2009, Stetler left the band and the city of Boston, and Reid Calkin (formerly of Protokoll) took over on drums. Amy Griffin (formerly of Mighty Mighty Bosstones side-project Avoid One Thing and Boston legendsDarkbuster and the Raging Teens) also came on board to take charge of the organ and piano that were becoming a more and more essential part of Movers & Shakers' sound. With this line-up, the band regularly plays support for up-and-coming acts, recently including: The Delta Spirit, The Black Lips, Reigning Sound, Those Darlings and Lucero.
Movers & Shakers have also established their own recording studio/rehearsal space called Starlab. Starlab regularly hosts DIY shows that have attracted international artists as well as just about every notable Boston area band. It is also where the band spent the nine months from January to September 2011 writing and recording their upcoming album National Harvester.
National Harvester is an 11-song, genre-spanning album that will be self-released regionally on vinyl and digital download this November.