March 16, 2012
Sharks - 'No Gods'
This long-awaited debut does not disappointMore on Sharks
8 / 10 Ever since these Leamington Spa punks’ raw, self-released 2008 EP ‘Shallow Waters’ turned the surf red, we’ve been waiting hungrily for their debut full-length. Luckily, ‘No Gods’ doesn’t disappoint. ‘Arcane Effigies’ is a blissful, guitar-driven paean to young adulthood, but with enough grit to soundtrack the next of Shane Meadows’ cinematic efforts. The title track offers a sprinkle of liberal thinking – hey, why worship anyone but yourself? – while ‘Luck’ radiates with Americana-teased strings, frontman James Mattock singing “All of my life I lost to luck”, his glum observation delivered with a melodic purr. We’re guessing his luck is set to change.
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