Sharks - Selfhood mp3 album
In September 2012 Sharks began recording demos for a second studio album, which they hoped to finish writing by the end of the year. According to Mattock the band was "focusing on getting the best songs we can out there as quickly as possible". Recording for the new album, produced by Lewis Johns at the Ranch, Southampton, started on 26 November 2012 and was completed within two weeks.
Barely a year after the release of the excellent 'No Gods', English punk rockers Sharks return with 2nd LP 'Selfhood'. The major refinement here is that their punk base comes with an almost indie-rock vibe, meaning that the album often lacks grit despite the rawer recording style of producer Lewis Johns. It's not exactly an immediate record either, with the hooks dialed down & the lyrics being rather personal & introspective.
Sharks sophomore album, 2013's Selfhood, is a melodic and catchy batch of guitar-driven pop that finds the band moving away from the hard-nosed punky style of their early EPs to a more mature, nuanced sound. Still led by singer/songwriter James Mattock, Sharks are less snarling in tone here and much more interested in crafting sparkling, hummable songs built upon guitarist Andrew Bayliss' arpeggiated guitar lines.
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UK rock band Sharks were described in their press release for new album Selfhood as a punk band. As a punk album, then, Selfhood is bland and confused. Lead singer James Mattock attempted to clarify in an interview, stating, We aren’t a punk band. But as a straight rock album, Selfhood is middling and piece-meal, with influences pulled from all directions.
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Sharks - Selfhood 02:18. Sharks - I Won't Taint 03:14. Sharks - More You Ask 03:13. Sharks - Wild One 03:52.
Returning with their second offering, Sharks appear to be on the cusp of making something of themselves. To make a band name related pun, Sharks seem almost completely toothless on Selfhood.