HOMETOWN: Vancouver, BC
GENRE: Psychedelic pop, surf rock
MEMBERS: Matty Jeronimo (guitar), Garth Covernton (drums), Devin Miller (guitar/vocals), Grady Mackintosh (bass)
PRESS: Adam Sharp - firstname.lastname@example.org - 604.715.4457
BOOKING: Matty Jeronimo - email@example.com - 604.773.9603
Reef Shark traces its roots back to the summer of 2013, when friends and recent Biology graduates Devin Miller and Garth Covernton decided to make an album. By the following summer, the duo had written, recorded, and produced Better Weather, the band's laudable debut. With the help of engineer Jesse Gander (Japandroids, White Lung), Better Weather proved to be a tightly packed medley of surf, garage, and pop songwriting, paired perfectly with rum cocktails and cosmic waves.
One year later, Reef Shark's sophomore release, Mind Race proved the band wasn't afraid to experiment beyond what they first created. Delving into darker themes and soundscapes, as well as adding Matty Jeronimo on guitar and Grady Mackintosh on bass to round out the lineup, Mind Race displayed further maturity for Reef Shark and teased a grittier side of the band.
Now, the band has returned with a second EP. Thanks in part to an in house recording process, with Jeronimo undertaking the work himself, World In Space pushes Reef Shark's sonic boundaries even further. Coupling the '90s-era guitar riffs of Dinosaur Jr. and Built To Spill with Miller's own swarthy, garage rock sensibilities, World In Space looks to solidify Reef Shark's reputation as a dynamic, capable, independent act.
World In Space will be released on July 28th via Big Smoke.
July 29th - The Cobalt, Vancouver, BC - Event page
ARTIST: Reef Shark
TITLE: World In Space
LABEL: Big Smoke
RELEASE DATE: July 28th, 2017
FORMAT: Digital via iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp, etc.
FFO: Surfer Blood, Wavves, Dinosaur Jr.
"[Better Weather] is, in fact, one of the best Canadian indie albums of the year so far... You may at times feel like you are on a surfy ride through space but this really isn’t rocket science, it is simple, straight-forward rock and pop — Reef Shark just pull it off with such finesse that they have you convinced this is something more sophisticated."
- Ride The Tempo
"Many of the songs bear the hallmarks of contemporary pop influences, at times invoking the likes of Arcade Fire, Girls, and even Vancouver’s own Destroyer. 'Mind Race', in particular, has a distinctly Dan Bejar-esque quality to it, with its laid-back synth lounge feel. But Reef Shark have an ability all their own to create dynamic songs that bring together raw power and delicate melodies."
"Displaying a sympathetic ear for the fuzzy, hazy surf-pop aesthetics of bands like Surfer Blood and Real Estate, Reef Shark have taken these influences and turned the gain knobs up, cross-breeding them with a strain of thunderously vital rock riffage.
- Grayowl Point
"Leaving" from 2015's Mind Race EP, live at Biltmore Cabaret, November 2015.