Whores, American Sharks, Scientist | Cobra Lounge | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Whores, American Sharks, Scientist Agenda Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Wed., Aug. 13, 9 p.m. 2014

You might be inclined to call American Sharks stoner metal on account of their sludgy, heavy-hitting riffage, but these Austin guys play party-hard rock. The biggest giveaway is the trio’s web address, sharkspartyhard.com, but they also favor blunt song titles (“Cocaine,” “Freak Out”) and artwork that might for instance include a pantsless and fully equipped “Rad Dog,” beer in hand and bong in tow, lounging on a surfboard that’s riding a wave of shark guts. Their self-titled debut (released last year by the End) is fun, if you’re into that kind of thing, but it’s neither good nor clean. The lyrics—full of babys and delivered with theatrical sass—are about evil things that aren’t really evil because, well, here, smoke this joint. And when the drums shift into top gear the way they do on “Overdrive”—all kick drum, all the time—it’s gotta be pretty damn hard to slow these dudes down. —Kevin Warwick

Price: $12, $10 in advance

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