Marathon: the title track from Philadelphia-based Shark Tape’s 2014 LP, is three minutes and twenty seconds of amped-up indie-rock riffage guaranteed to get your day of to a good start. Boasting choruses full of doo’s and dah’s it’s a great sing-along tune with blues-edged, overdriven guitar and bass licks and rocking drums will have you dancing like an imbecile in no time at all.
It’s an absolute belter full of joyful brilliance from start to finish that will bring the weekend even closer to your grasp.
Shark Tape, a three piece rock band from Philadelphia are Stephen Lorek, Niles Weiss and Dylan Mulcahy. Active on Philadelphia’s music scene since 2007 under various project names, they evolved into Shark Tape and 2012 saw the release two EPs, the self titled ‘Shark Tape’ and ‘Eyes On You’ which gained considerable airplay from East Coast radio stations and went on to be selected as one of WXPN’s top records of the year.
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Channeling influences from several of rock’s greatest eras, each Shark Tape song carries the band’s own unique sound with subtle references to the likes of The Replacements, Big Star, The Smiths and Cheap Trick.
Having garnered a steady and loyal following that continues to grow organically in their hometown, Shark Tape will be touring later this year, looking to replicate the well attended and vibrant shows they’re known for in and around Philadelphia.
In late 2013, the band teamed up with renowned engineer Jeff Ziegler (Kurt Vile, War On Drugs) to begin production on the band’s debut album ‘Marathon’.
With a huge list of inspirations that includes adventure, struggle, desperation, a quest for enlightenment, Dionysus and Apollo, faint glimpses of the future, destiny vs choice, the search for a way to travel the universe and a desire to walk into the horizon so the sun never sets, it’s fair to say that Marathon is one of the most exciting and intriguing debuts to come out of Philadelphia in recent years.
Shark Tape’s superb Marathon LP is available now via Bandcamp and iTunes, listen now HERE