Austin-based indie rockers SHARKS IN THE DEEP END are gearing up for a month long tour in support of their new full-length album Killin’ Machine, released digitally and on vinyl April 22nd via Kobalt’s AWAL Music Distribution. The run kicks off tonight (6/7) in Hattiesburg, MS and includes stops at Pianos in New York City (6/12), The Rock Shop in Brooklyn (6/17), Elbo Room in Chicago (6/22), before wrapping up with a hometown show at Geraldine’s in Austin (7/8). For ticket info, visit sharksinthedeepend.com/tour.
The tour comes on the heels of the band’s just-released music video for their latest single “Shadows In The Sunset.“ The video was shot by legendary creative and video director George Salisbury, who’s widely praised for his work with The Flaming Lips. Watch the video now here: https://youtu.be/Aei_sFAYfEs. The context of the song poses an intriguing question to the listener.
“Most of the songs that make up the record, ‘Shadows In The Sunset’ especially, attempt to deal with how the passage of time affects a relationship and this one poses the question of whether or not it should,” lead singer Tucker Jameson explains. “Does the feeling of time passing force you to action? Do people you meet along the way make you feel time differently? Does the realization that the time you’ve already spent down a certain path make you stop and assess or continue forward? Essentially, how much power should we give time to dictate our choices?”
Mixed by GRAMMY nominated engineer Mark Needham (The Killers, Pete Yorn, Neon Trees), Killin’ Machine is a collection of POP art at its best, exploring notions of discovery, self-introspection and the passage of time.
Leaving behind their obligations in Texas, SHARKS IN THE DEEP END—Tucker Jameson (Vocals, Guitar), Clayton Lillard (Perc., Keys, Aux), Chris Konte (Keys, Synth), Matt Shearon (Drums), Sam Thompson (lead guitar) and Henry Schuler (Bass)–began the writing process for Killin’ Machine holed up in a garage in Jameson‘s home-state of Connecticut. For a month they worked alongside producer Dan Drohan (whose credits include Ang Low and indie darling Wilsen), to conceive the songs that would come to fill the binary code of their debut release.
The songs were recorded at DeGraw Sound in Brooklyn before finishing up at Public Hi-Fi in Austin, a studio owned by Jim Eno of Spoon. “This was an experimental and eye opening experience,” Jameson recalls, who counts David Bowie, Talking Heads, Sam Cooke, and The Smiths, among his primary influences. “The approach was totally new to us and I think resulted in a sound deeper and more layered.”
Catch SHARKS IN THE DEEP END on the road this month:
Tuesday, June 7 – Hattiesburg, MS – Marlins
Wednesday, June 8 – Gainesville, FL – High Dive
Thursday, June 9 – Panama City, FL – Mosey’s Downtown
Thursday, June 16 – New York, NY – Pianos
Friday, June 17 – Brooklyn, NY – The Rock Shop
Saturday, June 18 – Philadelphia, PA – Barnfest
Wednesday, June 22 – Chicago, IL – Elbo Room
Thursday, June 23 – Columbia, MO – The Social Room
Wednesday, June 29 – Houston, TX – Notsuoh
Friday, July 8 – Austin, TX – Geraldine’s
Killin’ Machine is available here: