EP: Sharks – Show Of Hands

Release Date: October 18th, 2010
Label: Best Before Records
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/sharksuk


Punk rock has always had a youthful, rebellious buzz to it. Some fun, some angry, but more often than not remaining energetic no matter what the focused emotion may be. Leamington Spa’s very own Sharks are going with more of an old-style, rebellious punk rock facade, except with less ‘Anarchy In The UK’ and a little more ‘Rock The Casbah’, if you know what I mean.

If you don’t know what I mean, what I’m trying to say is there’s a far more fun, young-life vibe throughout the band’s debut label EP. ‘Show Of Hands’ brings back a sound that isn’t all that popular in the music scene today, a sound that’s being overshadowed by mainstream pop, rock, punk and anything else that seems to sell by the bucket load. But just because it’s not very marketable definitely doesn’t mean it’s terrible. Songs like opener ‘Trains’ brings flashbacks right away to the 70s where punk rock saw its brightest years, and ‘Glove In Hand’ and ‘It All Relates’ adds a more relatable and present touch to modernise it, making it an easy addition that could sit comfortably in many people’s iPod shuffle playlists.

Is old school punk rock your thing? This probably is too. It’s not the angsty bit of Sex Pistols or attitude of The Clash, but it’s a respectable modern spin on a genre that is often dismissed today.

Written by Zach Redrup