Sharks Keep Moving
Sharks Keep Moving


3.5
great

Review

by MaskAtTheMasquerade USER (4 Reviews)
October 13th, 2009 | 23 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Actually, some sharks are sometimes still

Before Minus The Bear, front man Jake Snider created Sharks Keep Moving. Along his side were Jeff DeGolier on bass, Nathan Turpin as a second guitarist, and Dan Dean with drums. SKM are like a premature Minus The Bear and American Football. You’ll find that each track is filled with mellow melodies, illustrative lyrics, and lucid guitar riffs, which make this self-titled album quite an impressive first LP.
The opener to the album is an eight-minute track titled "Sailor." Sailor immediately grabbed my attention and pulled me into the fine works of a song simply about a man out at sea. The guitar riffs in this song almost do more describing of the scene portrayed from the lyrics themselves. The flow is absolutely brilliant. Even with the bit of redundancy some may find on this track, I find it necessary and fitting.

As you progress further into the album you’ll run into three instrumentals all of which are very technical but relaxing. “Second Instrumental” and “Third Instrumental” are both slow and vivid songs that could easily put you to sleep. “First Instrumental” seems to be more cheery and consists of many strange effects that crash in periodically from out of the blue. “Join Up”, “Open Bay”, and “Jet’s Jets” all go back to having Jake’s light vocals but still keep the tranquilizing sound found on the other tracks to attract the listener.

The overall feel of this album is definitely a lot more relaxed than the Minus The Bear albums, but I feel it is equally as impressive. The album is split into half instrumental tracks adding up the three instrumentals and the short but satisfying “Interlude”. The lyrics often depict a specific scene Jake is reflecting back on, or of course, women. The strong point of this album is definitely the music. Every track consists of waves and waves of clean riffs and jams with the occasional overdub of nasty and distorted licks. The drumming is great, and the bassist fits in perfectly loud and clear behind the guitar melodies. All in all, if you enjoy relaxing music or Minus The Bear, chances are you’ll enjoy Sharks Keep Moving.



Recommended Songs: Sailor, First Instrumental, Open Bay


user ratings (122)
3.7
great


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americanmusicmachine
October 14th 2009


3953 Comments


good review. you might want to split things into paragraphs though. and i actually like sharks keep moving more than mtb.

MaskAtTheMasquerade
October 14th 2009


2924 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks a lot man, yeah i had it all nicely formated in Word but for whatever reason it came out as a giant paragraph. Should've double checked it. Yeah this album and the other two EP's are fantastic.

Ricven
October 14th 2009


207 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Even though Minus the Bear basically improved on everything this band did, they're still great.

MaskAtTheMasquerade
October 14th 2009


2924 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah, I feel like the combination of Dave and Jake just takes the music to a whole new level.

Athom
Emeritus
October 14th 2009


17242 Comments


you should listen to State Route 522. it was Jake Snider's band before this

MaskAtTheMasquerade
October 14th 2009


2924 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i have retrospective but i haven't gotten around to listening to it yet. From what I heard it was pretty sweet though

Minus The Flair
Emeritus
October 14th 2009


870 Comments


Great album, good to see it reviewed.

SeaAnemone
August 7th 2010


21429 Comments


why don't those multitudes of Minus the Bear fans know about this? It's almost as awesome

Iamthe Nightstars
August 31st 2012


2916 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great Summer album.

SeaAnemone
November 26th 2012


21429 Comments


shit rules hard

XingKing
November 26th 2012


15532 Comments


This sounds like a relaxed MtB

SeaAnemone
November 26th 2012


21429 Comments


coziest album you've never heard

Iamthe Nightstars
November 27th 2012


2916 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's like the perfect mix of mellow indie and jazz.

Tyler.
September 29th 2014


18509 Comments


got to check this

Conmaniac
March 9th 2017


26800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

same

wacknizzle
March 9th 2017


14540 Comments


Get the EPs too, it all rules

Conmaniac
March 14th 2017


26800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah this rules hard. less vox than I was expecting but that proved to be a good thing as Jake's lyrics on this arent too good

Deathconscious
March 16th 2017


26602 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

his lyrics have never been great imo.

Digging: Charnel Altar - Abatement Of The Sun

Conmaniac
March 16th 2017


26800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

his imagery is his best tool w/ MTB like describing foreign places and feel good shit and fun times that works even if his lyrics aren't the greatest. the charm of that is lost here tho

Deathconscious
March 16th 2017


26602 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah true enough. you check Pause and Clause?



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