Sharks
Show of Hands


3.5
great

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by oldaboriginee USER (3 Reviews)
April 1st, 2011 | 8 replies | 4,566 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Five blasts of nostalgic punk from one of Britain's most promising new bands

0 of 1 thought this review was well written

Over the last decade or so the loose collective of bands known since the 70's as punk has split. On one hand bands such as Blink 182, Fallout Boy and numerous other contemporary bands have taken the simplicity of punk and molded it into chart-pleasing three minute chunks of "pop punk" while at the same time bands such as Gallows, The Refused and The Dillinger Escape Plan have gone in the other direction creating divisive, experimental records that owe much to the spirit but not the sound of 1977.
Falling in between these two groups are the Sharks. Their simple, three minute blasts of anthemic punk hark back to the early days of punk when bands such as The Clash and Stiff Little Fingers made angry, uncompromising music while still writing singalong choruses. Four of the five tracks on this E.P last little three minutes and feature roughly the same number of chords. James Mattock's Joe Strummer indebted shouting suits this perfectly and adds the E.P a sense of authenticity missing from recent so-called punk bands such as Youmeatsix.
The album's nostalgia brings to mind a British version of recent tour-mates The Gaslight Anthem who share the Shark's desire to bring punk back to its roots and with the vocals only introduction to Trains and the souring chorus of lead single It All Relates they suceed admirably.
Show of Hands marks the start of a promising career for Sharks whose classic punk sound will no doubt make them a much more widely known outfit come their debut album. Until then they remain one of British punk's most promising new upstarts.


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ButcheredChildren
April 1st 2011



5591 Comments


This got me interested so I am checking this band out now.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
April 1st 2011



7177 Comments


So, some comments:

i.) Formatting. Paragraphs - please. The structure as is makes the review a bit of an eyesore.

ii.) Some of your sentences are extremely lengthy and long-winded, yet end up proving next to absolutely nothing; for example: On one hand bands such as Blink 182, Fallout Boy and numerous other contemporary bands have taken the simplicity of punk and molded it into chart-pleasing three minute chunks of "pop punk" while at the same time bands such as Gallows, The Refused and The Dillinger Escape Plan have gone in the other direction creating divisive, experimental records that owe much to the spirit but not the sound of 1977.

I'm still stunned that you could squeeze all that into a sentence.

iii.) Fallout Boy - Fall Out Boy

Four of the five tracks on this E.P last little three minutes - Do you mean "last little more than three minutes"?

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This is only your second review, so I won't neg. That being said, do edit your work - it doesn't take long and is ultimately rewarding for all involved. Submitting an unedited piece is like pooping in public - don't do it.

That said, I sincerely do hope to hear more from you soon. Keep writing, and a belated welcome to the site. Cheers.

Digging: Ty Segall - Manipulator

CounterClockwise
April 2nd 2011



37 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sorry but the review is pretty bad, but the EP is awesome.

Ymerkusk
April 4th 2011



1 Comments


Trains owns.

That song really saved my weekend.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
April 4th 2011



28466 Comments


is this badn as good as its name?

Digging: Kimbra - The Golden Echo

supertouchox2
April 4th 2011



1062 Comments


pretty terrible live, but im intrigued by this so will be checking out.

pos'd

TomLobban
April 9th 2011



29 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

They're not that bad live

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
September 13th 2012



20856 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Taking their name from a Gallows song, midlands quartet Sharks follow up promising debut EP 'Shallow Waters' with another strong effort in 'Show of Hands'. Displaying a full, muscular sound & intricately mesmerizing guitar lines, Sharks are clearly influenced by The Clash & Social Distortion, yet there is also a modern rock'n'roll vibe which recalls The Gaslight Anthem. James Mattock's gruff vocals won't be for everyone, yet this raw 5 track EP is rather melodic & deceptively catchy. Sharks may not be reinventing the wheel, but there is a real trans-Atlantic & trans-generational appeal here. Recommended Tracks: It All Relates, Trains & Glove in Hand.



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