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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East River

East River is the trio of Drewbaby, Patch and Tom who make up the Sydney, Australia garage rock band.

East River - Garage Rock from Australia

East River

Like a refreshing beer East River, make the whole day seem better with their sci-fi psychedelia take on music which bustles around the room like sparklers. Brief songs, many lasting less than two minutes are stacked with poppers of delight and the listener is left slightly exhausted, but incredibly happy. The mind is left with recollections of the ’60s / 70’s Thunderbird puppets with their skittering movements and impassive expressions.


Whilst tracks are packed with exploding colours it isn’t a complicated formula and for its very basic construction of organ, vocal drums  and guitars jostled into a bag and seemingly drawn at random, the effect is one of kaleidoscopic bursts of energy which are of intense activity.

Were the band any more retro in feel you would expect them to be a black and white television re-run. However East River have been able to use the telescope of time to encapsulate the best of the influences and repackage them in a sharp and relevant manner. Providing the ears with a feast of intoxicating sounds that contain enough material within them to easily have been slowed down and run for five minutes, but it is the very brevity of the tracks which makes them such a treat to the brain.

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AustraliA

AustraliA from Pisa in Italy is the garage rock duo of Olga (Drums / Bass / Synth) and Chicano (Vocals / Guitar).

AustraliA - Garage Rock from Italy

AustraliA

AustraliA seemed like a great dropping off point with their lo-fi reproductions and highly fuzzed output which has an underlying spinal chord that thrashes around like a dying crocodile. This is music in which to wallow and roll around in the mud such are the sparks flying out of the speakers.


Material such as this relies completely on the credibility of the performance as the technical ability is the equivalent of ‘three chords form band’ and as you well know, did I not think it was worth your time I wouldn’t have asked you to spare the time, this is an absolute delight of basal musicianship given a fillip through pure exuberance and for that very reason it engages the listener in a flurry of activity that phases across the ears like an video recorder pause button. There is something surreal that you just have to get to grips with it and I am wreathed in smiles as I listen to their launch release Robot.

Sometimes music, when pared back to basics, then distorted is just the ticket and AustraliA is a duo who deliver sounds which perfectly hit the spot with a lesson to teach many who just ‘try too hard’ loosing the freshness and honesty of it all. Whether there is a career as a duo I have my doubts, as the players have too much to do to make it a coherent stage performance, but add a couple of new faces of the same mindset and there is great potential for a highly charged live performance band.

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Slim Wray

Slim Wray a Garage Rock band from New York in the USA centres around the duo of Howzr (Guitar / Vocals) and Chris Moran (Drums / Vocals).

Slim Wray - Garage Rock from the USA

Slim Wray

A scintillating scythe of percussion cleaves the air to announce the arrival of Slim Wray, this is rock as it should be played. Reflecting on relationships, the lyrics take the classic angsts of boy meets girl and delivers them inside a resounding maelstrom of well delivered riffs and rattles.


The energy palpably hammers against the walls and the tracks deliver everything you could want for an evening of rock and roll. Slim Wray also manage to deliver it without the sound distorting levels which takes much away from many new bands and the delightful fuzzed guitar work layers in all the nuances required to emit both the power and the glory of it all.

I wonder whether they will end up with a full time bass guitarist as without it the sounds would be too tinny, so it is good to find that all the material currently around does include that all important four stringed instrument – time will tell.

The tracks work superbly well as they don’t try to reinvent the wheel, rather concentrating on what they know and enjoy and Slim Wray ably define why working to a bands strengths and not attempting to stretch skills beyond the limits works so well, providing the ears with a delightful moment in time.

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