The past year or so has been a breakthrough year for Brooklyn-based trio Sharkmuffin. Earlier this year, Billboard listed the band as one of their 20 All-Female Bands You Should Know, and their long-awaited full-length debut Chartreuse comes out today, through State Capital/Little Dickman Records. This shouldn’t be terribly surprising, as the trio currently comprised of founding members Tarra Thiessen (guitar, vocals) and Natalie Kirch (bass, vocals), along with Sharif Mekway (drums) have developed a reputation for a raw, unhinged live show. In fact, thanks to the six degrees of separation, I wound up catching the band two years ago at Bushwick, Brooklyn’s DIY venue, Fort Useless and I was impressed by their energy — and the fact that they pulled out a theremin for their set.
The album’s latest single (and video) “Tampons are for Sluts” consists of a throbbing bass line, sludgy guitar chords, thundering drumming and Theissen’s unhinged shouting to create a sound evokes a staggering, shuffling, fall-down drunken party.
So it’s particularly fitting that the recently released official video takes place at what seems like a riotous bachelorette/karaoke party that involves gender bending strippers. Talk about fun, huh?
The trio will be embarking on summer tour to support Chartreuse and it includes a couple of stops in the tri-state area: