Sharks and Sailors
Album: Builds Brand New
Over the last several years, indie music has seen plenty of talented and interesting bands weave in and out of the scene. Some of these bands bring more to the table than just immense talent. Some of these bands, like Sharks and Sailors, bring bold, innovative harmonies that rock the socks off conventional indie music.
Builds Brand New is the much-anticipated follow-up to their self-released, self-titled EP. An EP that helped them land the coveted title of Best Band to Get Together in the Houston Press’ 2006 Best of Houston Awards. With influences ranging from Jawbox and Autolux to Fugazi and Mastodon, Sharks and Sailors’ new, full-length album sounds a lot like Kansas City’s Shiner playing Blonde Redhead covers.
The dedicated trio spent the last year writing and composing songs that speak to their personalities and highlight each member’s musical strengths. The end result is a crisp conglomeration of ambient melodies and thunderous chord progressions; a sublime combination that has helped make a name for Sharks and Sailors around the country. Their songs, both old and new, have a controlled chaos that ebbs and flows with remarkable dexterity. Bassist Melissa Lonchambon’s captivating voice compliments the deeper, edgier vocals of guitarist Michael Rollin. Together, their voices create the perfect melodic balance to compliment the raw, pounding rhythms of drummer Phillip Woodward.
Their relentless vision has helped them land a number of stellar gigs with notable bands like Helmet, Mono, Battles, Parts and Labor, Maserati, Red Sparrowes, and The Appleseed Cast. Their ability to translate calculated and complex rhythms into a live show that is full of texture and earsplitting goodness make Sharks and Sailors an undeniable asset to the indie rock world.