What a difference a year makes. As it turns out, the Ladyshark review I posted last week was for the band’s first album. Lovesick was released last Thursday and it shows exponential growth in the band’s sound. Both albums are excellent, but Lovesick has an increased sophistication to it. The album’s title track advertises this from the jump, featuring multiple gravity-defying tempo shifts In this go-round, Ladyshark invokes Bikini Kill’s penchant for chaos to tackle adulthood, relationships, and managing relationships in adulthood.
I don’t know why but over the past couple of days I’ve been in my feelings (as the kids say) about not being where I feel I “should” be — especially compared to most other people my age. “Never Grow Up” casually throws a grenade into all of that: All of my friends are having lots of babies
I’m content that my pets don’t have rabies
You really don’t need to have kids to make it
The worst thing is having them and trying to fake it
I I I don’t wanna ever grow up
I I I don’t wanna be a boring grown up
I I I don’t wanna live with a foot in the grave
I I I don’t wanna feel like dying to escape
So let’s never grow up
Never grow up
Both “Lovesick” and “Never Grow Up” provide a sort of musical and thematic overture to the rest of the album, which similarly careens through critiques of social expectations and emotionally unavailable lovers. (I know that’s not exclusive to queer relationships but I honestly feel like we corner the market on it.) One reprieve, “Shiny Things,” is a sweet story about losing an engagement ring and how that’s not the part of anything that really matters.
The new single from Ladyshark has a bouncy, jangly beat, somewhat in opposition to the more somber title “Hangin’ Out for Someone Else”. This exploration of love, specifically those initial moments when so much is unknown, is fun, well-played and almost hypnotic at times. Most of all, I liked the diversity of percussion that really drives the song forward. The tune is reminiscent of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. As a forerunner of their album release Lovesick, I’m anxious to hear the rest from this talented Nashville band. Also be sure to check out their previous album Monster for their more punk leanings.
If there are any great philosophers left in the world then I would imagine, or at least hope, that they are pondering the question of what, exactly, is a song for today? Think about it. There are no new trends left to follow and the music business lives only to reissue its back catalogue. However, somewhere in Nashville, is a punk American style trio called Ladyshark who, with their album “Lovesick” have managed to give us a tune or two to treasure whilst we endure our mundane existence.
Now, as the word punk implies, there is really nothing new to be found on this album but Ladyshark aren’t really a political band anyway and their sweet little love songs are, in reality, more restyles of sunny guitar pop than anything else. That’s no bad thing in my book.
So, songs for today? Well yes. Songs about love never go out of fashion and it has been some time since punk was actually in fashion so tying the two together seems like a curiously honest and logical approach for a band to have today. That, and I would dare anyone with working ears to avoid falling for the sugar coated splendour of “Stupid Love Song” or the revisited rebellion of “Never Grow Up”.
The times may not be a-changing anymore yet there are still songs for today to be found in the eleven songs that make up this rather endearing album.
It moves fast and magically – barely touching the ground and enchanting with its platinum, reverse rotation. Feathered Punk Rock that chimes, “Hangin’ Out For Someone Else” is the luminous new single from Nashville’s Ladyshark. You can download the track and more of their music from their Bandcamp page now.
Thank you for all your wonderful votes and suggestions! We have now put together the album artwork for the upcoming album release ‘Lovesick’. The first single ‘Hangin’ Out For Someone Else’ will be released October 1st 2017! Stay tuna-ed!