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. Interestingly, thanks to a typical six degrees of separation, I actually caught the trio play a set at the DIY venue, Fort Useless in Bushwick and from that set, there was a sense that the band could really blow up…
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. Featuring the drumming of Patty Schemel, best known for her work in Upset, Death Valley Girls and Hole, the album and the album’s latest single “Mondays” manages to mesh sneering punk rock fury with a polished glam rock sound – and in many ways, it’s a refinement of the sound that first captured attention across the Brooklyn music scene and the blogosphere while capturing the grit and energy of their live set. Unsurprisingly, “Mondays” will be compared to Hole but it also channels Thursday and Screaming Females thanks to the song’s jagged. power chords and anthemic hooks.
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