I recently received an enlightening email from a chap called Paul (Hi, Paul!) about a band from London called The Sharks. The email was enlightening because I learnt that Paul is a member of The Sharks, and that The Sharks have recorded and released three EPs. I didn’t know any of those things before Paul emailed me. Thanks, Paul. Oh, and the band is actually a duo:
One of these individuals may be Paul.
I also discovered that there’s an English band called Sharks, but they’re not The Sharks. The Sharks that aren’t The Sharks are from a punk band from Leamington Spa. Now I’m in the mood for a lamington:
Anyway, Paul from The Sharks pointed me in the direction of the band’s Bandcamp page which is chock full o’ songs. That page contains the contents of their three EPs each containing four songs which, if you’re counting, amounts to 12 songs.
By the way, all the songs are free. Bargain!
And now to the songs…
THE SONGS – PART 1: JUDGING A BOOK BY ITS COVER
I shimmied on over to The Sharks’ Bandcamp page, but I have to say that before listening to any of the songs I was slightly fearful of what I saw. I looked aghast at some of the song titles. “Everybody Just Rapes Me”? “Dirty Horrible Jesus”? “Sinners Song”? “Bloodlust”? “Give It Up”? “Rock Is Dead”? They’re not the cheeriest song titles I’ve ever come across. Judging by those titles, my guess was that there may be a bit of self-loathing, Grunge-style, going on here. Oh dear. (Or, putting it another way: Oh-oh.)
THE SONGS – PART 2: ACTUALLY LISTENING TO THE SONGS INSTEAD OF MOANING ABOUT THE SONG TITLES
I’ve now listened to all the songs, and I’m happy to say that listening to them wasn’t anywhere near the ordeal I thought it was going to be.
THE SONGS – PART 3: REVIEWIN’ THE BEASTIES
Now, because you don’t want to waste your time reading the extended ramblings of an Antipodean blogger, I’ll try to review each song as briefly as possible. (This post is already long enough.) I’m going to set myself a goal of reviewing each song using no more than six words.
BLOODLUST (EP) (1 August 2011)
What I reckon: EP with DIY garage/punk feel.
1. “Friends Of The Revolution”
Garage pop. Fun fake-sax solo.
2. “Rock Is Dead”
2/4 beat. Sings like Elvis Costello.
Thrashy, early-punk-esque. Skinny-tie vocals.
4. “It’s Happening Again!”
STOCKWELL LOVE (EP) (1 August 2011)
What I reckon: More like power pop than Bloodlust.
Noisy guitars. Like it.
Traditional songwriting. Passionate singing. Weird falsetto.
3. “Test Drive”
70’s skinny tie with punk ethos.
50’s song structure. Dodgy singing.
EVERYBODY JUST RAPES ME (EP) (13 September 2011)
What I reckon: Poppier than both Bloodlust and Stockwell Love.
1. “Give It Up”
Reminds me of The Cure’s “Inbetween Days”.
2. “Everybody Just Rapes Me”
Punk and rockabilly. Punkabilly? Rockapunk?
3. “Horrible Dirty Jesus”
Staccato beat. Reminds me of Britpop.
4. “Sinners Song”
Enjoyable. Missing an apostrophe.