Sharks
No Gods


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mary Paultese USER (35 Reviews)
March 22nd, 2012 | 54 replies | 10,182 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sharks emerge from the punk rock depths and break through the surface with a wholly memorable debut album.

12 of 12 thought this review was well written

Having played alongside bands such as the Gaslight Anthem, Gallows, and Crime in Stereo, Sharks are by no means newcomers to the music scene. However, it is hard for a band to truly establish themselves without first having a full length album under their belt. This was the case for the English punk rockers in Sharks up until the recent release of their debut LP, No Gods: a lighthearted and thoughtfully-written album that confirms the talent demonstrated by Sharks’ on their two previous EPs. The band’s driving and undeniably charming brand of accessible punk (more suitably called alternative on this release) proves that they are not trying to be anything other than what they are: four guys brought up on punk music looking to return the favor.

While Sharks’ aesthetic appearance may be rough (and a bit pseudo/thrift store punk, for that matter), their sound is almost nothing of the sort. No Gods, quite simply, is the sound of summer, and the driving rock guitar leads and smoothly flowing vocals can be appreciated by almost anyone who can tolerate distortion. Truthfully, Sharks would not be out of place on a Top 40-playing radio station (though the band would likely shudder at that notion). What separates Sharks from other similar sounding bands who have reached mainstream success is their authenticity and undeniable writing talent.

No Gods is lyrically clever and genuine in all aspects. Front man James Mattock cites Charles Bukowski as an influence for his writing, and though Mattock’s lyrics are not as plainly spoken as Bukowski’s work, they are delivered with the same honest perspective. At the end of “Til’ the Wonders Rise,” Mattock sings, in a manner almost too personal to dislike, “We’re the underestimated underdogs/what you await for us you can get for yourself.” “Patience Spider” exhibits more of Mattock’s writing prowess through the use of metaphors and vivid imagery which, combined with infectiously catchy hooks, makes No Gods engaging throughout its forty-minute entirety.

The same areas in which No Gods excels may be criticized by some for being “too poppy” or hook driven, especially for a band frequently labeled as punk. However, one must keep in mind that Sharks are a relatively well-known band signed to a recognizable record label – naturally they will not be as raw sounding as the cassette and vegan brownie-selling bands that played your basement last night.

No Gods is a more refined and focused approach to punk that should not be overly-judged for its soft exterior, but instead sung along to wholeheartedly. In reality, the songwriting quality and gigantic choruses make up for the album’s explicit poppiness, leaving little to be criticized anyway. So, tack Sharks’ latest release onto your summer playlist next to The Menzingers and Cheap Girls, for No Gods is an album you should not have to spend the season without.



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pmmets07
March 21st 2012



5791 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

really nice 2012 surprise for me.

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Funeralopolis
March 21st 2012



10513 Comments


saw the needle drop review this a while back it is pretty good

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pmmets07
March 21st 2012



5791 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

is that the bald dude?

MMX
March 21st 2012



4649 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Loving this album

BallsToTheWall
March 21st 2012



44164 Comments


gotta worry more about those sociopathic gang raping dolphins than sharks bro.

WashboardSuds
March 21st 2012



4889 Comments


good review

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Funeralopolis
March 21st 2012



10513 Comments


yea bald dude

pmmets07
March 21st 2012



5791 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hahahah dolphins are honestly the weirdest creatures. not only do they look like aliens and communicate through sonar, but they also partake in gang rapes and homosexual behavior.

MMX
March 21st 2012



4649 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dolphins the faggots of the sea
and are these guys really signed to rise records?

pmmets07
March 21st 2012



5791 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lawl.

yeah rise has some okay bands apparently

BallsToTheWall
March 22nd 2012



44164 Comments


Dolphins scare me more than jellyfish and that's saying something.

pmmets07
March 22nd 2012



5791 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thx andcas

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
March 22nd 2012



20248 Comments


Was gonna listen to this, didn't realise it was already out

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clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
March 22nd 2012



6250 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Album's a bit too polished for my taste...
Good review though

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mitch91
March 22nd 2012



408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Looking forward to listening to this, not sure how much I'm gonna enjoy it though as its a lot smoother than even their last EP.

There's also something about the band that doesn't sit comfortably with me- maybe its that they push their merch several times a day on facebook, or all the talk about them personally, or the acrimonious departure of their bassist. They just seem very 'music industry-y' (for want of a better expression) for a band of that size/age.

Sgian
March 22nd 2012



69 Comments


Been following this band for years.There's nothing wrong with self-promotion.. Also, the bassist left for another band.

Record is pretty solid. Better than Show of Hands but maybe not Shallow Waters. I need to give it another couple of spins.

accompliceofmydeath
March 22nd 2012



4083 Comments


Dug the joys of living. Looking forward to this.

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BrownPark
March 22nd 2012



158 Comments


Don't worry perry, they'll sell out too. Pos'd


pmmets07
March 22nd 2012



5791 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

changed the tagline because it looked fucking stupid on the home page

Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
March 22nd 2012



1106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Downloaded this a short while ago and have never felt motivated to listen to it. Might have to now.



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