Currently comprised of founding members Tarra Thiessen (guitar, vocals) and Natalie Kirch (bass, vocals), along with Sharif Mekway (drums), the Brooklyn-based trio Sharkmuffin can trace their origins to when founding duo Thiessen and Kirch met and started jamming together when they were both residing in Asbury Park, NJ back in 2012. Eventually. Thiessen and Kirch relocated to Brooklyn, where they developed a reputation for a brash, bold sound and a live show that kicked ass and took names; in fact, Billboard recently listed the band as one of their 20 All-Female Bands You Should Know – and obviously that has won the band a growing national profile.
After the release of two EPs and a self-titled 7 inch, Sharkmuffin will be releasing their much-anticipated full-length debut Chartreuse on August 7 through through State Capital/Little Dickman Records – and the album features the drumming of Patty Schemel, best known for her work in Upset, Death Valley Girls and Hole (which I suspect will create even more buzz for the trio). The album’s latest single “First Date” clocks in at a little over a minute and is consists of blistering guitars, chanted and shouted lyrics and persistent, ass kicking drumming. And while polished, it still captures the raw, scuzziness of their live sound, managing to channel Thursday and Screaming Females thanks to the song’s jagged. power chords and anthemic hooks.
The official video features a two-timing Tinder user, who gets caught and exposes by his two dates for being an overall shitty person. There’s a lesson to be learned from this video. Don’t be that guy, ever.
The trio will be embarking on a rather extensive summer tour to support Chartreuse and it includes a couple of stops in the tri-state area:
August 7 at Shea Stadium (Album Release Show)
August 8 at Asbury Park Yacht Club
September 1 at Brooklyn Bowl