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.
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.
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.”
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.”