After the London-based post-rock band BIKINI ATOLL was disbanded in 2006, Joe Gideon Seifert and his younger sister Viva Seifert formed a duo JOE GIDEON & THE SHARK. Gideon played bass, guitar and sang; Viva played drums, keyboards, percussion, programmed and did some back-vocals.
Released in 2009 by Bronzerat Records, “Harum Scarum” was their first full-length album, which followed two singles. Every track on the album tells a story in non-rhyming verse and in an argot drawn from the ’30-50 Beatnik surreal novels, while musically the songs are close to Swamp-Rock, Alternative Blues-n-Americana. The lyrics in an album gain as much importance as the music itself. This is an astonishing combination, somewhat in-between Nick Cave, Wovenhand and The Black Keys. The album turns ethereal and fleshly, innocent and cynical, sometimes dark humorous. It showcased an inspired new band with definitely original vision of Life and Humanity
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