IndieBandGuru’s review of Ladyshark’s ‘Monsters’

indie band guru

Thanks so much to the peeps at IndieBandGuru for reviewing our release ‘Monsters’. View the full article at: http://indiebandguru.com/ladyshark-monsters/

Big thanks to Shelagh Dolan for the write-up.

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.

Hullabaloo Tunes Review

hullabaloo

Huge thanks to the awesome peeps at Hullabaloo for your kind words in your review and feature of our track ‘Seance’ https://hullabalootunes.com/20…/…/30/tunes-ladyshark-seance/

“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.”

ladyshark

 

The Autumn Roses review ‘Monsters’ by Ladyshark and ‘Set Yourself Free’ film clip

the autumn roses

The Autumn Roses gave us an amazing review. Check out the full article at: http://www.theautumnroses.com/post/154858017433/ladyshark-monsters-riot-and-set-yourself

“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.”

 

Press Release for Monsters on Mi2n.com

mi2n.com

Press release for ‘Monsters’ on Mi2N.com.

Read the full article here: http://mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=195354

Text below taken from original article:

Email: scarer@amityvillerecords.com
Website: http://www.ladysharkband.com
Music: http://monsters.bandcamp.com
Nashville, alt-rock duo ‘Ladyshark’ release 7 track LP ‘Monsters’. The album is self-written, recorded and produced.

“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.

Indie Spoonful’s Review of ‘Monsters’

indie spoonfulIndie Spoonful gave us an awesome, online review! Check out the full article here: http://www.indie-spoonful.com/single-post/2016/12/19/Ladyshark—Monsters

Copied from the original post below:

Ladyshark – ‘Monsters’

December 19, 2016|Bryon Harris

Ladyshark are a two-piece, self-produced rock duo using guitar loops, FX, vocals and drums. The group is reminiscent of the 1990’s underground indie-punk-rock bands like Sleater-Kinney and Riot Grrl. The  duo seeks to push rock boundaries while offering an intense performance and they achieve this goal in ‘Monsters.’  Lady Shark is fronted by Sarah Vardy on vocals and guitar and the award-winning percussionist Jane Boxall on drums.

The song “Monsters” opens up with a hard-rocking, impressive and catchy eighth-note guitar lick that becomes multi-layered.  The layering effect of the track creates a musical landscape of seamless patterns that emerge and build and, as more more percussion is added to the mix, the result is a head-banging intensity. The intro is definitely captivating from the get-go.

Front woman Sarah Vardy enters on the first verse – “Lately I’ve been thinking about all the monsters that I’ve met.”  Sarah’s vocal performance is perfect for the edgy and alternative vibe of the song.  She is emotive, but maintains a sharp and crisp vocal tone that rises above the layered musical landscape with clarity and urgency.  As “Monsters” progresses into the chorus, there is notable percussive work by Jane Boxall, a stellar musician, who keeps the energy burning throughout the song.

Lyrically, the verses of “Monsters” are well-written with thoughtful imagery, message and reflection. “Have we grown so close that my mirror has a monster in it?”  My favorite line in the song is, “I try to smile and nod at my white girl problems every day.” This type of reflection is raw and honest and is what pushes the walls that Ladyshark seeks to breakdown. The lyrics of the chorus are straight-forward: “This fear has built a wall.  I’m trying to not fall.” Sometimes I cannot hide from all this pain inside,” proceeded by a section of “Whoa oh oh’s” that are well-paced, melodic and delivered with just the right amount of indifference that reflects that songs message.  The music drives to the end with more developed guitar riffs and percussion.  The ending outro hits you with a twist, “Could I become the monster I’ve been scared of for so long?”

Check out this video of another great song by Ladyshark titled, “Set Yourself Free.”

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.  ‘Monsters” is available on all major digital outlets.  For more info on Ladyshark, visit their website.

Tags:

#Ladyshark #Monsters #Indie Spoonful #Independent Music Review

Bombshell Zine gives Ladyshark a shout-out

bombshellzineOur Aussie friends at Bombshell Zine have give us a shout out for our new re-release of ‘Monsters’ at http://www.bombshellzine.com/2016/12/the-round-up-16-12-16/

You can get the complete re-mix and re-master of ‘Monsters’ with bonus track Seance from Bandcamp at http://ladyshark.bandcamp.com

It’s soon to be released with digital distributors.

You can also grab it on cassette in Nashville at Grimeys, Fond Object and The Groove Records.

Amityville Records makes cool new Ladyshark cassette

amityville recordsAmityville Records have made us a rad new cassette of our release ‘Monsters’. There’s a brand new song ‘Seance’ on there too that’s never EVER been released before.

ladyshark-cassette-pic

You can get it at some of the local haunts in Nashville including Fond Object, The Groove and Grimeys. It’s just $5!

The album was recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by Amityville Records.

By the album online using Paypal through by pressing the button below.




Amityville Records Music Video for ‘Set Yourself Free’

amityville records

Ladyshark “Set Yourself Free” Music Video from Megan “Raygun” Dillard on Vimeo.

We have an awesome new video for the song “Set Yourself Free”, our first single from our debut release “Monsters”. If you’ve been feeling shitty about the election get this in your eye balls and lets start the revolution: https://vimeo.com/193829253 Thanks to Megan Raygun Dillard from Amityville Records for her AMAZING editing skills. She’s a very talented lady and we are STOKED to have partnered with her for this production! Enjoy 😀 #ladyshark #rocknroll #monsters #setyourselffree #politicalpropoganda #foundfootage #revolution #churchandstate #queer #lgbtmusic #lgbt #rock #nashville #eastnashville xx