Shark? return! Remember, it’s not “Shark!” or “Shark” — the question mark is important, asking “is it a shark?” every time (yes, just like their early tune/theme song, “Shark?”). Now that we’re all caught up, let’s take a look at these Brooklyn dudes. You’ll quickly come to love Kevin Diamond’s deadpan growl and nihilistic tales, Andy Kinsey’s kick-you-in-the-teeth bass, and Andy Swerdlow’s drum machine-come-to-life beats. And newcomer Jared Hiller shreds on guitar in a beautifully dirty way. While they’ve been a favorite of the local NYC scene for the past few years thanks to a healthy appreciation for beer (and fine wine!), clever cover song choices, and a not entirely tongue-in-cheek fixation on 90s pop culture (especially Jock Jams — they must really love Jock Jams), the inclusion of their single, “California Grrls,” in GTA V is liable to spread their fame a bit further. Honestly, it’s about time. We love a good, fuzzy jam blasted out with deafening guitar noise and surf grooves, and between their EPs and now a couple of full length albums, Shark? has plenty of that to offer. Fans of Pixies, The Modern Lovers, The Replacements, The Beach Boys, and anything called punk before 1990 should stop screwing around and get into Shark? ASAP.
CMJ Day 2! And DJRePete starts your day with a mix exclusively comprised of bands playing the New York Music Marathon with alt by Bad Cop, addictive alt pop via Mood Rings, and electronica crossover with The Sounds. Plus, a pair of throwbacks by My Teenage Stride and Luke Temple of Here We Go Magic fame, as well as folky twang with festival vet Father John Misty and upstart I’ll Be John Brown. And tune in for three of the bands playing BTR’s CMJ Showcase this Saturday at Grand Victory with Eternal Summers, Bleeding Rainbow, and the Heliotropes! Get psyched for CMJ or live vicariously Wednesday with DJRePete and BTR!
MiniBoone, Cult Fever, Shark?, Clouder, Lisa/Liza, and more grace us with their presence over the weekend.