Saturday, March 24, 2012

Album Review: No Gods

Title:  No Gods (Amazon, iTunes, Interpunk, Wikipedia)

Sharks’ full-length debut No Gods has been one of the most anticipated albums of 2012 and honestly it doesn’t disappoint.  In fact I’d venture to say that not only does this album live up to the hype, it exceeds it.  Right off the bat No Gods opens with the anthem “‘Til the Wonders Rise” and after that the album never lets up.  This is 11 songs of punk rock perfection, but more than that, this is a fantastic rock ‘n’ roll record.  These songs are catchy, energetic, heartfelt, and honest with a passion that is undeniable.  Songs like “Able Moving Hearts,” “Matthew’s Baby,” and “Arcane Effigies” (see below) are destined to be sung along to in fits of joyous elation…shoot the entire album is one anthem after another so all of these songs I’m sure will be drenched in sweat filled group choruses before this year is out.  Another great moment is the infectiously fun “Patient Spider.”  While Sharks take an obvious page from The Clash’s book, they have created a sound all their own mixing in elements of bands as divergent as Hot Water Music and New Order (especially on “Luck” which could have easily been a Bernard Sumner penned classic).  The title track closes out No Gods with a beautiful crescendo.  Without a doubt this is one of the best albums of 2012 and Sharks is a young band to watch. 

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