Review of Ladyshark’s Monsters up on Adobe and Teardrops!

http://www.adobeandteardrops.com/2017/11/ladyshark-monsters.html

While Monsters, the debut album by Ladyshark, may feel very immediate, it’s actually been around for a while. The Nashville punk duet unflinchingly addresses the monsters that have stalked us well before Donald Trump was a sickly twinkle in his Nazi father’s eye and, unfortunately, will continue to stalk us for long after. Monsters is a profoundly feminist album that confronts assault, partner violence, and sexism with steady hands, steadfast hearts, and blistering guitar riffs.

I’m not sure if Ladyshark would call themselves riot grrl but the influence is unmistakable. Sleater Kinney-style angular guitar riffs thunder through songs that are designed to leave the listener off-balance. Ladyshark is not here to comfort you. On “Riot” they sing,

What the hell is it to run like a girl?
When is a job made for a man in the world?
How can you make a woman scream?
When you tell her she can’t do anything!

Hold back your tongue
Gender roles are no fun
Rebel against the rules
Stop listening to fools

Why do women get paid so much less
Don’t expect me to feel good in a dress
We won’t bow to your toxicity
Our gender comes with fluidity

Hold back your tongue
Gender roles are no fun
Rebel against the rules
Stop listening to fools

Maybe this just hits a chord with me at the moment — the holidays are all about spending time with family, reminiscing on childhood, thinking about the roles you have in life and might one day want, and spending time with people whose expectations for you are invariably different from what you want. I also think that these themes are extremely important for a band coming from Nashville, where the expectations for women in music — especially country music — are quite prescribed.  

While most of the album deals with very serious themes, Ladyshark has fun as well. “Seance” details a supernatural experience gone horribly, but entertainingly, wrong. 

A final note about the album. “New Years Day” describes a conversation with a trans* woman, though the song uses the word “trans sexual” [sic.] For those who may not know, this word is generally out of favor in the trans* community, though there’s a reason that asterisk exists. I am not sure how the woman in the song describes herself (if the song is in fact a true story), but in general usage it’s better to simply use “trans” or ask the individual what words they use to describe hirself. If Ladyshark has any details to add I’m happy to update this post.

Or maybe find out in person! Ladyshark will be playing an album release party for their new album Lovesick (to be reviewed here soon) tonight at The 5 Spot at 8! Details here!

Ladyshark chats with Amityville Records about Monsters and what’s new

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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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If you didn’t see our interview about Monsters have a bo peep here https://t.co/eEUdbiYvOX #ladyshark #monsters #eastnashville #exciting

SYN, Melbourne, VIC plays Ladyshark!

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The first show of the year from SYN. If you didn’t here is the playlist from this week’s show (5/2). You can catch these tunes all week across SYN.

Ladyshark – Monsters
Shadowgraphs – CountrySide
FREAK – Cake
Dan Webb – Let Them Eat Cake
Orion – Execution
Eric Lau – Examples
ILUKA – Blue My Soul
Harleighblu X Starkiller – Save Me
Spinifex Gum feat. Felix Riebl + Marliya- Ms Dhu
ONEEVA – Cores and Shells
Wet Lips – Can’t Take It Anymore
The Zilzies – Honey
Kehlani – Keep On
Young Franco – Miss You
Ty Segall – The Only One
Ty Segall – Break Your Guitar
Nadia Rose – Skwood
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Sleep Drifter
The Pretty Littles – Helluva Tuesdai

IndieBandGuru’s review of Ladyshark’s ‘Monsters’

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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

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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.”

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