I’ve got a cassette of some early Sharkmuffin tunes around here somewhere. Although I really enjoyed their songs of youthful exuberation when I first got it (a quickly signed copy, I might add), I’m not much of a cassette guy. I never played it again. But from what I remember, I liked it. So, when the debut LP of this Brooklyn group made it onto my radar I had to snag Chartreuse. The quality of “Monday” and “First Date”, two of the tracks I had a chance to sample, is much-improved over the tape. And, the songwriting has developed over the past few years, as has the determination and strength of this band. I got the impression their early works were a bit of a lark, but with Chartreuse I think Sharkmuffin is taking this seriously. With an upcoming national tour, I think we will have a chance to find out. Chartreuse will be released on August 7, 2015 by State Capital Records.

 

 

Limited edition pre-order debut LP “Chartreuse”

-75 copies on yellow with silver swirl vinyl

(no mention of a pressing in another color at this time)

The Details

Sharkmuffin’s name fits. The Brooklyn 3-piece outfit crafts adorable pop music with jagged, garage-aged fangs. With 12 years of guitar playing under her belt, Tarra Thiessen (vocals/guitar/theremin/pocket piano) discovered bassist/vocalist Natalie Kirch at the Jersey Shore on July 4, 2012 only months before the very beach house in which they met was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. After a run with a couple drummers, a trip to SXSW, the release of their first self-titled 7”, and the release of their first EP "She-Gods of Champagne Valley" in April 2013, Janet LaBelle joined the sonically crushing trifecta during CMJ 2013. Soon after they released the “1097” EP, named after the beach house Natalie and Tarra first jammed at, providing four quick but intense slaps in the face, as each biting track clocks in at less than two minutes.

With a short West Coast Tour and tracking scheduled for February 2014, Janet LaBelle suddenly unfortunately had to step down due to an arm injury. Patty Schemel (Upset/Death Valley Girls/ex-Hole) filled in last minute for Sharkmuffin’s LA dates and also recorded 10 tracks with Sharkmuffin for their first LP. The rest of 2014 was filled with touring with a beautiful cast of fill-in drummers including Leslie Hong from Haybaby, Rebecca Derosa from Fisty, and Mattie Siegal from Granny, playing on the east coast and Midwest with Dead Stars, a few Warped Tour dates, and a full solo west coast tour. With a recipe of influences, from The Breeders, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Hole, The Ventures, to early Black Sabbath, Sharkmuffin has evolved their super-heavy, noise-punk-meets psychedelic power pop. Their debut LP, “Chartreuse,” featuring Patty Schemel on drums, will be released Summer 2015.

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