Impish wit and insouciant cool do not wither.
Putting garage rock trailblazers The Sharks back on the road and back into the charts is a race against time, not because of some Blues Brothers plot arc where the orphanage is going to be bulldozed, but because there’s no point in going for a slow build when you’ve been in the business as long as Snips and Spedding. An organic, grass roots strengthening of the fanbase with a lengthy pre-release campaign? Singer/provocateur/frontman Steve ‘Snips’ Parsons points out the issue with that approach: ‘We’ll all be dead!’
And it grows from there. Eschewing the glossy showbiz illusion in favour of natural (and genuine) star quality, the work in progress rockumentary Sharks on Film is a joyous scythe through the sheer illogic of rock and roll, deftly and wickedly highlighting the rare blend of buddy dynamic, boyish charm, brash confidence, self-deprecation, physical endurance, honed talent and sheer valhalla for-the-hell-of-it guts it takes to make a mark on the world of music.
Can they get the Sharkmobile back on the road? Are they simply huuuuge in Japan? Is Keith Richards’ job safe? Answers will be revealed.
The Sharks, UK Autumn Tour
19 Sept – TBC, Lewes
21 Sept – Fruit, Hull tickets
22 Sept – Market Hall, Scarborough
23 Sept – Esquires, Bedford tickets
24 Sept – The Lexington, London tickets