The Shark

In 2010 I posted Civilisation by Joe Gideon and The Shark, a boy-girl two piece. Civilisation’s narrator leaves home to ‘learn the ways of man’- works the 9 to 5 at Debenhams, rents a flat, wastes a morning selling another man’s shoes, stays in a monastery til the monks ask him to go, the circumference of a circle, the meaning of ‘Mum’s the word’- that kind of thing. It was a favourite then and it is now. A friend saw them at latitude and rated them highly.

They’ve just released a follow up album Freakish. On first listen I don’t think it’s as good as Harem Scarem, but it’s early days, maybe it’ll grow on me. Closing song Friday 13, sung by drummer Viva, is rather good though.

Friday 13

Joe Gideon and The Shark ‘Civilisation’

This is one of the best things I heard last year, London duo Joe Gideon and The Shark. Bloke on guitar and vocals (Joe Gideon) and girl on drums (The Shark I suppose). Think they might be brother and sister- yeah, I know, we’ve all heard that one before. The album is worth a listen, this being the best track, an epic song about leaving home to find out who you are, away from Mum and Dad watching over you, leaving home to ‘learn the ways of man’, taking in monasteries, Rome, Greece, the 9 to 5 at Debenhams, a Queen who showed him his crown jewels, Lars from Trio and the payoff piece of wisdom- ‘the circumference of a circle is twice the diameter within’. Great stuff.