Stoned 15 year old boys and girls all over the country are deeply contemplating the meaning of the universe inside this one pressing question….
What is a Sharkmuffin?
In just this past week SPIN, The Village Voice, and Paste Magazine have all attempted to illustrate exactly what Sharkmuffin might be, but are unable to really capture their true essence. Although they have appeared in the past to hail from another dimension of deities on their debut EP- She-Gods of Champagne Valley, they are just your average New York City gals who can shred the shit out of their instruments in super-heavy psychedelic power pop tracks that clock in at less than two minutes each. Listening to their sophomore EP, 1097, is like giving oneself over to a great velvety swallowing mouth where you are sonically crushed. Between the driving rhythm of drummer Janet LaBelle’s sharp Scott Ashton style beats and bassist Natalie Kirch’s pulsing hooks that plunge deep, these songs reveal a hypnotic fuck-off structure built to house the throaty and powerful Grace Slick soul-tear wails of front-woman Tarra Theissen. Sharkmuffin plays their fucking tits off, so you should shut the fuck up, stop what you are doing, and check out this EP – right now.
Releasing their second EP of 2013 on the heals of playing seven CMJ shows, it’s clear that this all-female garage noise-pop trio can’t slow down; even when life’s inevitable setbacks interfere. 1097 was named after the Jersey Shore summer home bassist Natalie Kirch lost at sea during Hurricane Sandy, which formed exactly one year before 1097‘s release date (10/23). With Kirch’s 17-year old cat appearing on the cover, 1097 immortalizes this beloved home and her recently-deceased smooshy-faced kitten, Dustin.
1097 will be released on limited edition multi-colored, oil-spillesque 7″ pressing courtesy of Dazzleships Records.