Monday, April 20, 2009

Joe Gideon and the Shark - Harum Scarum (2009)

Joe Gideon and his sister, Viva (aka Shark), played together in Bikini Atol, now they have released their first album. Their combination of thumping rhythms, raw bluesy guitar and Joe Gideon's rough county-style vocals/spoken word (think Mark E. Smith from The Fall) weaving melancholic stories makes for compelling listening. The whole sound is stripped bare, raw and bluesy with light production (The Kills, Jon Spencer.., Fiery Furnaces e.a.). Gideon provides the main vocals and guitar and Viva plays the drums, piano and guitar, whilst adding beautifully delicate backing vocals. The record kicks off with title track Harum Scarum, a great introduction to the pounding rhythms of the band, while DOL is the real stand out track, with the repetitive chanting 'Daughter of a loony' followed by a huge sleazy blues riff drawing you into the song (think Grinderman). This is a stunning debut from a musically brilliant duo who will no doubt go far this year.

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