Selfhood, the new album from the UK's Sharks is out today via Rise Records. Selfhood, which Alternative Press called "another great brit-punk catch" is the follow up to their striking 2012 offering No Gods. To purchase the album on iTunes, click HERE.
Selfhood was recorded in just two weeks in Southampton, UK at The Ranch Studio and produced by Lewis Johns (Gnarwolves, Bastions). The album channels influences from the likes of The Smiths, Richard Hawley and The Cribs. This new release expands on the explosive punk-meets-Brit-pop anthems on No Gods, and showcases a more mature and solid live band - a result of endless international touring in support of past releases.
"I wrote most of the lyrics in a room above a morgue in which I lived with my fiancée for about five months," said Mattock. "The place was an old Victorian building with no heat, running water, or bathroom. It wasn't even legally residential. A lot of what I was going through around this period is channeled in the lyrics. These are the most intimate and personal songs I've written - thus Selfhood is the most fitting title."
Born in 2007, Sharks is James Mattock (vocals), Andrew Bayliss (guitar), Sam Lister (drums), and Carl Murrihy (bass). They released their first independent EP, Shallow Waters, in 2008 and drummed up a serious buzz while playing with the likes of Gallows, The Wedding Present, Social Distortion, Hot Water Music, The Gaslight Anthem, Baby Shambles and more. In 2011 they released The Joys of Living 2008-2010, which BBC's Zane Lowe praised as "the sound of a band reaching that moment when they are absolutely ready." Their 2012 release No Gods introduced the band to U.S. audiences, with Alternative Press declaring that their music "bristles with a wonderful sense of rock and roll heritage that serves as a tribute to fallen heroes... something refreshing and contemporary."
Stay tuned for announcements on U.S. touring plans.
"The band's skill with their classic source material remains intact: the chord progressions, melodies and arrangements are familiar, but rarely boring or overtly derivative. This makes Selfhood a time capsule for musical Anglophiles of the '70s and '80s -- a virtual primer for anyone who missed them."
Alternative Press (4/5 Stars)
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4. I Won't Taint
5. The More You Ask Me, The Less I'm Sure
6. Sunday's Hand
10. Room With A Grey View
11. My Wild One