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SHARKS: Shallow WatersShallow Waters (2009)
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Occasionally a band leaps out of nowhere and knocks you for six when you are least expecting it; SHARKS are one of those bands. Hailing from a town called Leamington Spa in the English Midlands, the four-piece recently signed a single deal with Atticus Black and have been generating hype in the main.
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Occasionally a band leaps out of nowhere and knocks you for six when you are least expecting it; SHARKS are one of those bands. Hailing from a town called Leamington Spa in the English Midlands, the four-piece recently signed a single deal with Atticus Black and have been generating hype in the mainstream music press off the back of nationwide tours with the likes of Gallows and Lostprophets.

But as is so rare these days, behind the hype there is more than the usual P.R.-generated bluster, for SHARKS are a band who have something genuine to offer. With the backing of Atticus, you might expect the musical excretions of four hapless hipsters--but on the contrary, what Sharks provide with debut EP, Shallow Waters, is five blasts of fresh air: youthful punk rock that wears its heart on its sleeve, with style and substance in equal measure.

The music is not groundbreaking but neither is it generic. Brilliant opener "Yours to Fear" displays a confidence rarely found in bands this young, as with ease they offer up a set of songs that surpass in quality anything being offered by their peers on both sides of the Atlantic.

The songs are complemented by production that is the perfect compromise between polished and raw. Additionally, over the course of the EP's 14-minute duration there are strong echoes of everything from the Clash and Hüsker Dü to Rancid and Dead to Me, each molded into something else, something that sounds only like SHARKS.

You can hear it on "Fallen on Deaf Ears" and also on "It Threatens"--it's the sound of a band on the brink of something. "There just aren't many bands with substance these days," said guitarist Andrew Bayliss in a recent interview, and he was right--which is precisely why if SHARKS continue on their current course, it won't be long before they conquer the world; that is, if the pressure of the hype machine doesn't kill them first.

Shallow Waters is available for free download here.

 

 
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Blackjaw_ (March 13, 2010)

Liking this way more than I thought I would.

TheFabulousWesleyTyler (March 11, 2010)

Terribly dull, I'm afraid.

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breakout (March 10, 2010)

Cant really understand the hype, the EP is pretty boring really

xjeffersonx (March 10, 2010)

This EP is flawless. Literally love this band. About damn time somebody like this came along!

wearestillalive (March 10, 2010)

lolz at americans not understanding cricketing references. these guys were supposed to open for fake problems i think, guess i'll have to see them some other way.

jephso (March 10, 2010)

I saw these guys support Gallows a few months ago in the UK. They seemed like they had something promising about them then, might check this EP out.

Also, another favourite Australian phrase of mine is "If there's grass on the wicket, let's play cricket".

samheaton85 (March 10, 2010)

"knock you for six" is a reference that we'd use in Australia or any country that plays cricket. Like hitting a home run.

AlmostPunkEnough (March 9, 2010)

what the fuck does "knock you for six" mean?

granted, i get the gist of it simply from the context used, but i've never heard that phrase before. ever. where does it come from (like is it a sports reference?) and in what other instances would it be appropriate?

a VERY quick Google search hasn't given me anything besides that some guy seems to think it's French.

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