Local NYC garage rockers Sharkmuffin looked and sounded a bit relieved on Tuesday night during their show at Brooklyn Bowl. Opening for The Bottom Dollars, the grungy trio seemed to be a bit relaxed and happy to be back in NYC and playing for their hometown crowd. After spending the past two months on the road covering the entire U.S. in support of their debut LP, Chartreuse (which had gotten a lot of well-deserved attention), the band played their first NYC show in months at the North Williamsburg bowling alley to bring a little of what the band had learned on the road back to the big apple, for a real rock and roll party.
Singer/guitarist Tarra Thiessen wasted no time getting right into her fuzz-fueled riffing and signature guitar solos, which mix a killer blend of erratic but controlled mastery. Sporting mostly black with a very un-rock and roll florescent greenish-yellowish sweater, Tarra’s style didn’t seem to draw too much attention when you have the playing ability she does. For a second, her dark and messy rock hair with the bangs, almost resembled her to Joe Perry from Aerosmith’s Draw The Line cover art. Her style of fashion and playing mixed perfectly with bassist Natalie Kirch’s more down to earth look, which featured a black dress and bowling shoes. Yup.
While their fast-paced, loud, almost punk style of playing allowed them to tear through songs at almost half the time most bands do, there was no sense of rush or impulsive notation. If you’ve heard Chartreuse, and the band played most of the album in their set, then you’ll realize there’s chemistry to the band’s fast-paced style of rock music. The Heavy Howl’s Christine DiTolvo also joined the band on stage in the middle of the set to bring some eerie Theremin into the mix. The extra instrumentation definitely added an extra dose of badass, taking the wall of sound to a roaring new level. New York is definitely happy to have one of its finer rock bands back in town to keep the electricity of the city flowing.
Article: Tom Shackleford
Photos: Mor Weizman