Desert Sharks

Desert Sharks is a garage rock band from New York in the USA comprising Stephanie Gunther (Vocals / Bass), Stefania Rovera (Guitar), Rebecca Rose  (Drums) and Sunny Veniero (Guitar).

Desert Sharks - garage rock from the USA

Desert Sharks

The infectious enthusiasm of new wave spins around on the room on hitting play as Desert Sharks pare the music to an honest high voltage sound, snapping with bolts of energy. The addition of the second guitar enables the quartet to play around with melodies, though they avoid making it in anyway complicated.

Much as the bands reviewed on the sites are always ones that I feel add value to the world of music and styles reviewed span pretty well every genre, I am never happier than when I am back in what is in my natural home of stripped back energetic rock and Desert Sharks hit the spot.

Through the intensity of the tracks, which generally run at less than three minutes, each in isolation does exactly what it needs to as the superfluous bloat is hacked away. Yet, as with all bands who are proficient exponents of this style of music, that brief period of play seems to be packed with a books worth of content.

With a couple of EPs behind them over the past two years and a string of live performances they have a loyal and enthusiastic fan-base, though will probably remain for many around the world, a band they have never heard of. So it is with some pleasure that I introduce them for the first time on Emerging Indie Bands.

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Plastic Dog – Ones and Zeros (Original Mix) – Audio

From New Zealand – Adrian Nesbitt – aka Plastic Dog has released a new three track deep house EP – Distorted Ways through the Israeli label Electro Labs.

Plastic Dog -  Distorted Ways artwork

Plastic Dog – Distorted Ways artwork

Here is – Ones and Zeros – track two of the EP and as it is 22:33 on a Sunday evening where I am, as this is being published, what better way to finish off the weekend?

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Southerland Nights – Here I Am – Video

Southerland Nights from the USA have a new EP – Destroy Something Beautiful – scheduled for release on the 18th October.

Southerland Nights

Southerland Nights

I will be speaking to Adam Elara at the beginning of October about the EP. For now here is Here I Am, which is track two of the five track release. Lyric boards were submitted as images or video snaps from fans of Southerland Nights from across the world after they put out a message earlier this year to get their fans, who as Adam puts it, are an integral part of the band, asking them for their contribution.

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Eli Bou Merhy – Eyes On Me – Video

Eli Bou Merhy an artist in Lebanon has released a new video for Eyes On Me.

The Matador - (Acrylic on Canvas) by Eli Bou Mehry

The Matador – (Acrylic on Canvas) by Eli Bou Mehry

When I opened with the term ‘Artist’ on this occasion I did mean a visual artist.


In early 2013 Eli Bou Merhy released a low budget video Arguileh to challenge the hidden reality of relationships in the Middle East, where many gay men are forced into marriage by their families to cover up the truth, whilst lambasting the use of anorexic models in the fashion industry. He didn’t and doesn’t describe himself as a singer, but as a result of this what was perceived as a ‘controversial video’ it was selected for a conference in Argentina on Middle Eastern sexual tensions.

The result being he was interviewed in television, which resulted in, opportunities within the Lebanese community and Eyes On Me is a follow up to that experience, in much the same vein as the video by Mashrou’ Leila that was posted recently, where merely being on television distorts reality.

Eli Bou Merhy – The visual artist.

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