SHARKS are starting to build up a big following with the release of their debut album The Joys of Living 2008-2010, which is actually a collection of songs written since the band’s formation in, well, 2008.
Kicking off with the fantastic “Sweet Harness”, the band’s strengths and influences are instantly identifiable. From the tone of the guitars and vocals, and the rock n’ roll/punk rhythm, this could easily be a Social Distortion track.
Proving that rock n’ roll isn’t dead in the UK, The Joys of Living is a well-crafted, diverse and tight album. It shows maturity and talent, with songs like “Trains” providing some nice, gritty punk-rock.
There isn’t a weak song on this album, and tracks like “Three Houses” have anthemic, catchy hooks that make this muh more than a run-of-the-mill punk record.
“Yours To Fear” provides a beautiful, piano-led change of pace that shows a surprising amount of depth. It’s clear that SHARKS aren’t just a one-trick pony, making an album full of little surprises.
Despite this, the album does have a continual style, with power chord-driven punk-rock at the heart of what SHARKS do.
The intricate lead riffs are akin to The Gaslight Anthem, backing songs carried by an unmistakable vocal style.
These guys have just been getting airplay on Radio 1’s Punk Show, so jump on the badwagon early on. SHARKS are going to be huge, and it’ll all start with this album.
Key track: Three Houses