Sharp / Shock release their new album.
To follow up on the success of their first album “Unlearn Everything” Sharp/Shock now release “Youth Club” 12 tracks that are packed with energy and punchy tunes. Although the band has a very British sound reminiscent at times of early Jam, all three members come from a different background but comes together and works.Singer/guitarist Davey Warsop (Beat Union, Suedehead) and bassist/vocalist Dan Smith (The Dear & Departed; world-renowned tattoo artist) are both UK exports but didn’t cross paths until they were both transplanted to California. Jared Shavelson (The Hope Conspiracy, Paint It Black), a jazz-trained drummer hailing from Jersey, would end up completing this trio perfectly. Despite their dissimilar geographical beginnings, they quickly realized they were all very much from the same place.
The new album has a sprinkling of the unusually though it, with tracks such as “Thingy Pt 1 & Pt 2”, “the Reds” & “Steps” lasting only seconds, with “Thingy Pt 1” being missed if you sneeze over the 4 sec tune. An acquired taste that may not be for everyone, and feels a little out of step with the rest of the album. Looking beyond those short sharp shocks there is something here with quality running through it, guitar-driven harmonies that really pack a punch. When Sharp/Shock are on it they really deliver with some great sounds, the first 3 ( “Real Life”, “Superficial” & “Dancing all Night”) tracks take you back to Weller, Foxton & Buckler cutting up stages in their white shirts and black ties. ” Nuclear Family” captures the Sharp Shock sound perfectly with its melody and guitar chops backed by driving drums and bass, its a crisp clean sound with well written lyrics delivered at you with blood sweat and passion.
Sharp/Shock have not gone down the popular route of some of today’s bands, who capture the morose, acoustic or whining pop-punk that seems to sell well. They have taken influence from another direction, captured a sound with their own style that hits the center of the target more than a few times on this album.