We sat down with Amityville Records to talk about ‘Monsters’ and new things coming up. We have a new secret band member to be revealed at our next show on March 25th 2017 at The East Room in East Nashville.
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The night began with Ladyshark, Scarer’s two-person punk project that was sometimes surf-y, sometimes proggy, but all times imbued with a raw, riot grrrl spirit. Scarer’s voice is clearly powerful, despite fighting a cold that night.
If you’re in need of a new soundtrack for rebelling against the man, look no further than Ladyshark, the riot grrrl inspired alt-rock duo from Nashville.
The band, comprised of Sarah Vardy on guitar loops and lead vocals, and Jane Boxall on drums and backing vox, has released two previous albums, BURIED and Lickety Split, under the name Anu Sava. Now, debuting under the new moniker, the duo has just released their first album Monsters.
Ladyshark – Reviving Riot Grrrl Roots
Throughout the album, Vardy’s nimble guitar riffs stood out to me as the threads weaving every song together. Each track, though unique in style and arrangement, features a signature riff that always pulls the instrumentation back to center.
In the first and title track, it’s the opening melody, which immediately gives off an air of The Strokes as soon as the second loop kicks in. The reverbed riffs in between verses paired with Boxall’s generous cymbal smashing also add a bit of a surf rock element.
The second track “Set Yourself Free” is a high energy punk rock joint as well, though about twice the length of a typical punk tune. The band strips back the instrumentation to echoing vocals, a few chord progressions, and a steady drumbeat to slow things down for the next two songs.
Appropriately named, “Riot” gets the album back to the fast-paced riot grrrl influence of the earlier tracks. The reverb-soaked guitars, screechy vocals, and feminist lyrics (“Why do women get paid so much less? / Don’t expect me to look good in a dress”) remind me of genre giants Sleater-Kinney and Bikini Kill.
Monsters is a smart selection of song styles, starting fast, slowing down, and speeding back up to finish, giving listeners just the right dosage of head bangers and slow burns. The fast-paced riffs are especially impressive when you remember there are only two people layering everything with FX.
Ladyshark has an upcoming show at the East Room in Nashville to celebrate the launch of their label Amityville Records. You can learn more about the band on their official website and hear the debut album Monsters on their Bandcamp page.
“It’s hard to say which I’m more obsessed with: Ladyshark‘s name, that incredible cover art, or their heyday-Sleater-Kinney-meets-mid-90s-alt sound.
Seance is a wailing, feral song with all the patience and restraint of a rabid dog. It’s an impressive introduction to the Nashville based grrrl duo, who are releasing their debut album, Monsters, via DIY label Amityville Records.
Ladyshark shows no signs of slowing down in the new year, with a gig at the Amityville Records launch at Nashville’s East Room in January and plans to release another album in early 2017.”
“Sarah Vardy and Jane Boxall are musicians from Nashville, Tennessee, and together they are Ladyshark, whose thrilling Monsters LP was just released. Written, recorded, mixed and mastered entirely by Ms. Vardy at her home, the album explores issues of domestic violence, sexism, marginalization, freedom, supernatural forces, and religious prejudice. It is electrifying – wiry, tuneful and bursting with creative energy – as lead track “Monsters” and the classic Punk gem “Riot” can powerfully attest. Meanwhile Megan Dillard has assembled the associative and hard-edged images for the new video for their muscular, visceral track “Set Yourself Free”. The album is available now from their Bandcamp page.
Monsters is the first release from Nashville’s Amityville Records, and you can buy a cassette version of it from them now. On January 21st the label will be hosting a launch party at The East Room, where Ladyshark will play along with another Autumn Roses favorite, Lauren Strange. You can learn more about that event here.”
“Ladyshark shows that they can deliver with musical intensity and ability, lyrics that push it to the edge, vocals that are sharp and clear with just the right amount of restrain and emotion, all while maintaining an energy that keeps the music alive from beginning to end. ”
– Indie Spoonful
‘Monsters’ is written around the loose thematic implication of real-life monsters that challenge us on a daily basis. Themes explored in the album include: domestic violence, sexism, marginalization, freedom, supernatural forces, and religious prejudice.
Ladyshark consists of Sarah Vardy and Jane Boxall. Sarah is the front woman of the duo who delivers powerful and edgy vocals throughout the album which pierces through landscapes of sound. Jane, introduces spot on drums and percussive elements highlighting the creative production on this release.
If you’re a fan of 1990’s riot-grrrl music such as Sleater-Kinney this album captures this vibe perfectly. There’s also a distinct throwback to fun bands such as The B52s, The Breeders and The Kinks.
The release is available through most digital distributors and via Bandcamp. Ladyshark are working on a new album set for release in early 2017 with tour dates to be announced.