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shark speed education EP

Shark Speed releases "Education" EP today!

Shark Speed releases a four song EP, Education, today, April 6, 2010. The band delivers a second installment of the driving rhythms and clever hooks that gained national interest for their debut full-length, Sea Sick Music.

MP3 (cleared to re-post): Shark Speed – Killing Kind

Praise for Shark Speed – Education:
“Four songs with the lilting hooks of latter-day new wave and the punch of the Blasting Room…these four songs are quite impressive. Bring on the full length!” -Aiding & Abetting

“The more we hear this band’s music…the more they remind us of some of Julian Cope’s recordings right after he exited The Teardrop Explodes. Instantly catchy cuts include “King of the World,” “The Killing Kind,” and “Pretend.” Can’t wait to hear the next full-length. A band on the rise…” -Babysue

“Judging by the single, “Killing Kind,” they’re destined for good things. Shark Speed play good old fashioned “alternative,” the way bands used to when I was in school. Filled with guitars that jangle, vocals that are filled with yearning, and songs that you can’t forget, Shark Speed take all the fluro trendiness that’s around today throw it out the window and come up with something that’s completely refreshing.” -The Pop!Stereo

About the band:
Shark Speed formed in the winter of 2008 in Provo, Utah. Brothers Jared Christensen (drums), Joe Christensen (lead guitar) joined with longtime friend Thayne Fagg (vocals, trumpet, guitar) to play straightforward, energetic rock and roll. Growing up playing the Vegas scene, their sound evolved into jangly guitar riffs, driving math-rock rhythms, danceable electronic melodies, and anthemic pop-rock hooks. Heating up snow-covered Utah houses, they packed sweaty crowds in basements, living rooms, and whatever spaces they could play.

In April 2009, Shark Speed self-released its debut album Sea Sick Music with help from producer Bob Hoag (The Format, The Ataris, Dear And The Headlights, Scary Kids Scaring Kids). Sea Sick Music quickly became a local favorite and received positive reviews nationally and abroad. Compared to The Long Winters, Ra Ra Riot and Minus the Bear, Shark Speed maintains an earnest musical blend of its own.

After the release, Shark Speed completed a West coast tour, and returned to producer Bob Hoag to record a follow-up EP, Education, set to release April 6, 2010. Self-funded from shows and album sales, Shark Speed applied the lessons learned from its debut release in crafting a polished, mature and more memorable follow-up. Staying true to a love for texture and layers, each listen reveals a new harmony, a clever lyric, a tricky rhythm, and an invigorating dose of pop sensibility.

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