American Sharks

A heat wave settled on the Northeast last week. Temperatures have been spiking into the high 90s. Walking the streets of New York City feels like plunging through microwaved chowder. (It smells that way, too.) This weather makes you feel like an animal; your mind slows down, but your body kicks into sweaty overdrive as it fights to maintain equilibrium. American Sharks deal with such sultry climes on the regular in Austin, where they’re based. Their music suits the sticky atmosphere — burly, fuzzy rock that’s equally suited to block parties as to clammy mosh pits. They have begun a rapid rise. Their self-titled album is just their second recording, but they are already hopping on tours with the likes of Clutch and the Sword.

“XVI” is the kind of song that demands to be described as a jam. American Sharks crank through the name checks at a furious pace — Torche, Queens of the Stone Age, Danzig, and various other riffy rumblers — but the song is over before you have time to shotgun a Tecate and crank up the AC. You should really blast this one with the windows down on your way to the beach, but for now, just listen.

American Sharks tourdates:

With the Sword and Castle:

07/25 – Dallas, TX @ Granada
07/26 – Austin, TX @ Red 7
07/30 – Farmington, NM @ Top Deck
07/31 – Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
08/01- Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory
08/02 – San Francisco, CA @ Slims
08/03 – San Francisco, CA @ Slims
08/05 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne
08/06 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
08/08 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore
08/10 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite
08/11 – Calgary, AB @ Republik
08/12 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange
08/13 – Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid
08/14 – Thunder Bay, ON @ Crocks
08/16 – Toronto, ON @ Lees Palace
08/17 – Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
08/18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of WB
08/19 – West Chester, PA @ The Note
08/20 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
08/21 – Roanoke, VA @ Martins Downtown
08/23 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon

With Clutch and the Sword:

10/27 – Charleston, SC @ The Music Farm
10/28 – Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre
10/29 – Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29
10/31 – Louisville, KY @ Expo Five
11/01 – Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall
11/02 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
11/04 – Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock
11/05 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
11/07 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
11/08 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
11/09 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
11/10 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
11/11 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
11/13 – Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater & Club
11/14 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
11/15 – Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion
11/16 – Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
11/17 – Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theatre
11/19 – Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
11/20 – Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theatre
11/21 – Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
11/22 – Columbus, OH @ The LC Pavilion
11/23 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit

American Sharks’ debut album will be out in September via the End Records.

Comments (1)
  1. This track is sick I will definitely go see them in Austin at emo’s 11/05 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s

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