American Sharks are literally a party band. They formed in 2010 when bassist/vocalist Mike, drummer Nick, and guitarist Will all met at a Dungeons and Dragons party. They bonded over a love of D&D, video games, and rock & roll, and said, “Let’s form a band!” Soon after they were doing house parties all over their hometown of Austin, TX, while gaining a reputation as a fun live act, and it wasn’t long before the labels came a-calling.
A fast, loud, dose of punk rock and sludge, designed to be blared loudly in a party setting. That’s really the best way to describe American Sharks self-titled debut, out September 17 via The End Records. The songs are succinct, to the point, and down to business. Although short, they aren’t like The Ramones music of old, mind you. This stuff has more of a noisy feel, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s also not rocket science, either. It’s meant to be enjoyed, not overthought.
Clocking in at a brisk 19:30 (that’s the whole album), this blink-and-you’ll-miss-it affair is definitely fun. With song titles like “Satan’s Overture Part I”, “Indian Man”, “Cocaine”, and “Iron Lungs” there’s certainly nothing dull about the record. The guitars are fuzzy, the drums aren’t overly complicated, and it doesn’t slow down, not for a second. There really isn’t much else I can say about American Sharks, except that this is the album you put on when the party’s in full-swing and just sit back and watch the house get trashed. Then you put it on again when the party’s winding down to give everybody a second wind!
STANDOUT TRACKS: “Iron Lungs”, “Indian Man”, “Cocaine”