What’s in a name? For a band like Sharp/Shock, it means everything. At once an apt descriptor, a manifesto, and a primer for the band’s melody-meets-malice sound, Sharp/Shock delivers a dose of electrifying, melody-driven punk. Cementing their status as one of the most positively jolting bands in punk today, the trio has released a live video for their performance of “Dancing All Night.”
Sharp/Shock is the brainchild of Davey Warsop (Beat Union, Suedehead) and Dan Smith (The Dear & Departed; world-renowned tattoo artist). Combining their mutual love for The Jam and Descendents with a no-holds-barred approach to performance, Sharp/Shock commands any stage and studio they find themselves in.
Touring behind their stellar sophomore LP, Youth Club (Heart & Skull, 2018), Sharp/Shock is weaving throughout the West Coast alongside Alkaline Trio and together PANGEA. Their triumphant run will end with a special performance at Surf City Blitz on October 27, when they will share a stage with Offspring, Rancid, and Social Distortion.
From the deeply analytical lyrics of “I Don’t Want A Nuclear Family” that cut like a knife, to the unrepentant honesty of “Bad Lad,” the tracks featured on Youth Club imbue American punk tenets with a British lilt and unapologetic nostalgia. With Warsop stepping in as producer (who has previously served behind the board for Green Day, Foo Fighters, Bad Religion, and more), Sharp/Shock’s sound is leaner ’n meaner than ever.
Youth Club is available now via Matt Skiba’s Heart & Skull Records—order a copy of your own here. Catch Sharp/Shock on the road this month (full tour itinerary below).
Sharp/Shock Tour Dates
10/12 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium*
10/14 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl*
10/15 – San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues*
10/16 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre*
10/18 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst*
10/27 – Huntington Beach, CA @ Surf City Blitz^
*with Alkaline Trio & together PANGEA
^with Offspring, Rancid & Social Distortion
Youth Club — Track Listing
1. Real Life
3. Dancing All Night
4. Bad Lad
5. Thingy pt. 1
6. I Don’t Want A Nuclear Family
7. Dead End Town
8. The Reds
9. I Just Can’t Get My Head Around It
10. Thingy pt. 2
12. Walking A Thin Line