Monday, April 29, 2013

Album Review: Selfhood

On their sophomore full-length Selfhood, Leamington Spa, England’s Sharks crank out 11 top notch punk influenced power pop tunes.  The band’s full-length debut garnered them a lot of great press and a lot of comparisons to The Clash (including yours truly), but No Gods, and even more so Selfhood, loudly displays a band that is a lot more than a group of Joe Strummer acolytes.  In fact, calling Sharks a punk band doesn’t do them justice.  On Selfhood the band sounds more like Manic Street Preachers, Primal Scream, and Inspiral Carpets than The Clash or Buzzcocks.  The title track opens the record perfectly setting the stage for what is to come.  Other standout moments include “Your Bloody Wings,” “The More You Ask Me, The Less I’m Sure” (the best song Morrissey never wrote), and “Sunday’s Hand” though honestly there isn’t a bad song in the bunch.  Selfhood is another outstanding record from this young British band that is poised to have a long and outstanding career.    

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