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    These guys were great supporting Nick Cave so if you're off to the Wire gig in London then get it'd be a good idea to get there early enough to check them out...

    Joe Gideon and The Shark

    Harum Scarum – out March 16th

    “One of the best live acts we’ve seen all year” – Time Out

    “It’s rough, ragged, blues in its veins. It’s dark, atmospheric, oddball and surreal; it’s on your doorstep and in your airspace, alien yet talking the same language about the same ol’ trials and tribulations of a life lived” – Drowned in Sound

    London thoroughbred brother and sister duo Joe Gideon & The Shark are a sight and sound to behold.

    Joe Gideon pounds bass and guitar whilst narrating his autobiographical tales of misadventure, and little sister Viva (The Shark) drives the whole thing along with glorious drums and piano and 8-track (often, incomprehensibly, all at the same time)Meandering through soundscapes that take in beat-fuelled rifforama, voodoo-injected grooves and melodious beauty, their sound is both comfortably spacious and foot-stompingly intense. And highly original.

    Viva’s artistry is gracious and almost gymnastic, evidently a trait learned from her days as a ribbon-twirling athlete (a rhythmic gymnast to be precise) who represented the UK in the Barcelona Olympics. (Incidentally, Viva got the ribbons out once more when starring in the video for Archie Bronson Oufit’s Dead Funny). Gideon was not around to witness his sister’s glory, instead he was on the opposite side of the globe on the jury panel judging Miss Bolivia.In a roundabout way, this microcosmically befits the picture painted by the band.

    Formerly to be seen in the ‘dread-fuelled’ Bikini Atoll (produced by Steve Albini and released by Bella Union), Joe Gideon and the Shark have discarded the darkness and have walked into the light. This light is in part provided by Gideon’s humorous and fantastical monologues which hook you in to their world. A Joe Gideon and the Shark record thus provides and indie rock classic and a talking book all for the price of one.

    Barely a year old, this band has already gained the respect of their contemporaries and have been invited to play with the likes of The Duke Spirit, Archie Bronson Outfit, Scout Niblett, Sons & Daughters ….

    Joe Gideon & The Shark were also recently asked by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds to provide main support on their UK November tour, and are soon to be supporting Seasick Steve on his upcoming UK January tour affording a broader audience the opportunity to preview the greats from their forthcoming album Harum Scarum, out March 16th on Bronzerat Records (home of Seasick Steve, Gemma Ray et al)