King Falcon - the new rock duo from New York featuring the spectacular Michael Rubin on lead guitar and vocals and James Terranova on drums - still haven’t caught on as much as they should. Still, it’s a matter of if and not when the duo will score a hit and start to really take off in the online community for alternative rock.
“Shake! Shake! Shake!” Is the band’s lone song that they’ve released so far. It’s a nice introduction to a talented duo. Rubin’s vocals and guitar work are both exceptional and the drum work from Terranova is solid too. The vocal on the song features a cool reverb effect. The cymbals aren’t as crisp as they could have been but everything else hits well. That’s not the only slip on the production side; there’s too much twang to the guitar. That gives the music a southern vibe in the intro and in the chorus, and it doesn’t really work as well as it could have. The guitars need to be overdriven or they need to be tuned a bit lower - the song is good song, but it falls short of really making a big impact because of that lone element. The hooks are amazing, the guitar work is exceptional, and the melody is catchy as hell. The production on the guitar side just needs to be updated.
Even though it’s not a perfect song, “Shake! Shake! Shake!” Is still a damn good one. Rubin and Terranova are both exceptional musicians and Rubin is a hell of a songwriter, but this song is just the beginning of bigger and better things. If this song gets redone with that simple modification, it could be a hit. If it doesn’t, it will live on as a cool introduction to a band that will have moved on to bigger things.