"Shake My Hand" was released on the band's 2008 EP of the same name. Shake My Hand
was the band's first official release, though they weren't yet using the Young the Giant moniker - at the time, the group was still named The Jakes. However, the band retained the same lineup for the release of their 2010 full-length debut, and their breakthrough single "Cough Syrup" first appeared on Shake My Hand
. The EP served to establish the band's musical presence, and received generally favorable reviews from critics, who found the band's sound at this stage strong, though at times lacking a central identity.
Sameer Gadhia, speaking of the song and the EP in general, has said that he thinks the band's sound was more "fractious" at this time. He explained that this is probably due to the fact that the band members were attending separate colleges at the time, so their songwriting process was more disconnected.
There is a short video
online which documents Ian Kirkpatrick producing the EP.