belated tunes: Jared Mees & The Grown Children, “Shake”

Download: Jared Mees & The Grown Children, “Shake”


Let’s go ahead and get this out of the way: as much as I love to type and pronounce “Shlohmo“, Jared Mees & The Grown Children is thus far the band name of the year. And yes, it will take more than “The Lesbian Bondage Fiasco” to convince me otherwise. On to the tune:

Beginning with a few keys and an unassuming acoustic strum, “Shake” undergoes the same remarkable build that we’ve come to expect from, say, their terrific Tender Loving Empire labelmates and fellow Portlanders, Typhoon. Jared Mees and his, as described on their website, “long-time harmonic partner” Megan Speer quaintly and fashionably lay down lines about struggle–shaking the blues, loving what they’ll inevitably have to leave, etc., all conundrums that are more universal and less dreary than they might initially listen.

Meanwhile, the surrounding instrumental fills up, gaining momentum with rolling percussion, triumphant horns, and “da da da daaa dada” sing-alongs. It’s a logical, predictable progression, but it’s not intended to sneakily blow your mind. No, “Shake” just wants to hold your hand (and later, frolickingly skip around a bit?) whilst taking you along the musicoemotional journey that all great songs provide.

“Shake” is the closing, title-bearing track on Jared Mees & The Grown Children’s 2011 debut Only Good Thoughts Can Stay. You can stream it in its entirety above, as well as check out Tender Loving Empire’s free, excellent 8-song sampler album on Amazon, which boasts singles from the aforementioned Typhoon, Radiation City, and Y la Bamba.