Artist: We Versus the Shark

Date Released: January 25, 2005

Label: Hello Sir!

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  1. You Don't Have to Kick It
  2. As Good as it Gets
  3. Ten Uh Clock Heart Uh Tack
  4. This Graceless Planet
  5. I Am Destined for Greatness
  6. Slide
  7. I Am at the Mercy of an Ambulance Driver
  8. Easter Island is for Lovers
  9. No Flint No Spark
  10. I Am Your Idea


Just when I have given up on the whole angular post-punk movement of my life, some pretentious band comes along and completely astounds me beyond belief. If you haven’t figured it out yet, I am talking about Athens’ We Versus the Shark. The four piece consisting of Luke Douglas Fields (baritone/microtone/guitar/vocals), Samantha Erin Paulsen (guitar/vocals), Jeffrey Daniel Tobias (bass/keys/vocals) and drummer Scott Philip Smith aren’t reinventing the genre, but they are utilizing it’s best characteristics and tossing out all the rest of the bullshit. While the comparisons could be endless (Fugazi’s punk aesthetic, Q And Not U’s experimentation, Black Eyes’ perfectly balanced dual-front man, Pretty Girls Make Gravespunk emotion, At the Drive-In’s energy, Bear vs Shark’s off-the-wall lyrics, early Cursive’s guitar wails, Gang of Four’s dance moves, ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead’s scratchy screams, Hella’s math rock break-downs…), the band is distinctly their own. The only thing that could be better than this album has to be their live show, complete with dance-punk breakdowns and instrument swapping Dischord style. This album will not only put We Versus the Shark on the map, but the up and coming Hello Sir! Records as well. I think I am going to stop ranting and start the album over again. Mpardaiolo

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