Sharks are from the UK, with a debut album, No Gods, coming out on March 20th, via Rise Records. Fans of punk indie rock should check out their new single, "Arcane Effigies", via youtube . The video shows some youth getting a haircut, eating chips, hanging out with mates, playing football (soccer); it's all very British.
Although a pretty young band (described as "barely old enough to drive"), Sharks already been featured in such magazines like KERRANG!, The Guardian, NME (of course!), and America's Alternative Press magazine (calling the band "Most Anticipated Music of 2012").
Be on the lookout for their arch nemesis band, The Jets.
I actually saw Toadies a few years ago. The band recently announced some new EPs for 2012, the first one is called PLAY.ROCK.MUSIC. and will be out May 8th; also they'll be starting a tour with Social Distortion in April.
Do you know what's funny? Social D was one of the first bands I saw when I was living in Fresno, California. They were huge back then just coming off their big hit single "Bad Luck". It's good to see Toadies in good company.
3/23 Tyler, TX - Clicks*
3/24 San Antonio, TX - Josabi's*
4/4 Beaumont, TX - The Gig*
4/5 Denton, TX - Rockin' Rodeo*
4/6 Abilene, TX - Lucky Mule*
4/7 Austin, TX - Stubbs*
4/10 Portland, OR - Roseland
4/12 Portland, OR - Roseland
4/13 Seattle, WA - Paramount Theater
4/14 Kennewick, WA - Paramount Theater
4/16 Vancouver - Commodore
4/17 Vancouver - Commodore
4/19 Calgary - MacEwan Hall
4/20 Edmonton - Events Centre
4/23 Winnipeg- Burton Cummings
4/26 Minneapolis, MN - First Ave
4/27 Minneapolis, MN - First Ave
4/28 St. Louis, MO - Pop's
5/1 Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall
5/2 Little Rock, AR - Juanita's (Headline Date)
5/5 Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street
5/8 Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
5/10 Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
5/11 Salt Lake City - The Depot
5/14 Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
5/15 Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
5/16 Bend, OR - Midtown
5/18 Reno - Knitting Factory
5/20 Pozo, CA - Pozo Saloon
All dates with Social D, except * where noted
PS, I wasn't given Toadies' album artwork, so I'm using an old "Best Of" live album they released in 2002.
I actually like the band name, Dinowalrus. It just sounds like a really big confused animal (who likes to wear a smoking jacket). Dinowalrus' new album is called Best Behavior and promises to be more "listenable" than their experimental and "cryptic" debut 2010 album %. From my understanding, the band is influenced by krautrock, post-punk, psychedelic rock, and house music.
I did preview the album somewhat, it's loud, but it does have a melody to it. There are definitely some "jam" moments in their songs. The best song on the new album is "RICO", which sounds like it belong in the 80s with all that synth and disco.
Look for Best Behavior, out on March 6th, 2012, via Old Flame Records. If you live in the UK, look for it on Heist or Hit Records.
This is actually a metal band from Phoenix, Arizona, but I couldn't help but place them here because The Sleeping Shaman called their music as "a mash up of punk, black metal, crazy treble picking, utterly abrasive and yet catchy." Plus, I thought it was funny, having them next to Toadies.
In case you were wondering "TOAD" actually is an acronym for "Take Over And Destroy".
2012 Tour Dates below:
3/02/2012 Palo Verde - Tempe, AZ
3/03/2012 Lyzards - Prescott, AZ
3/04/2012 Burt’s Tiki Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT
3/05/2012 Curtis Street Pub - Denver, CO
3/06/2012 Kelly’s Irish Pub - Wichita, KS
3/07/2012 JR’s Lightbulb Club - Fayetteville, AR
3/08/2012 Downtown Music - Little Rock, AR
3/09/2012 Buccanneer - Memphis, TN
3/10/2012 WonderRoot - Atlanta, GA
3/12/2012 The Tiki Bar - Shreveport, LA
3/13/2012 Tsunami - Monroe, LA
3/15/2012 TBA - New Orleans, LA
3/16/2012 The Saturn Bar - New Orleans, LA
3/17/2012 TBA - Austin, TX