Introducing: Nasty Fishmonger

The fishmonger by trade is an ancient one, a guild officially recognised, ratified, protected, and regulated by the crown as early as 1212, and forms one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London. Today, better known as the Fishmongers’ Company, or the far more grandiose Worshipful Company of Fishmongers, they still stand as a significant authority in upholding the standards, of retail and trading within the seafood industry. Safe to say, they have a lot of heritage and history to celebrate for what is commonly revered as a humble and modest profession. It is exactly the kind of heritage and lore that bards and folk musicians have thrived upon for centuries; to able to artistically recollect tales in such rousing fashion, that their own words, songs, and melodies, endure as long as the history they’re based upon. Bristol’s Nasty Fishmonger, of course based in the West Country, a realm with its own rich history and unique traditions upheld, are no exception to this mentality.

For this trio of university friends, what initially began as a one-off, tongue-in-cheek performance, has shifted and expanded into a bright, burning new star on the UK folk scene, within just eighteen months. Going from corpse paint in their local venue, to sharing the same stage with Port Isaac Fisherman’s Friends in under a year, is some real heavyweight endorsement. That’s no matter of luck either. The union and chemistry between Captain Rehab, Lizzie Blower, and Shanty Dan, generate a formidable, infectious energy so powerful, the pride of Her Majesty’s Navy would be envious. Fitting then, that their first recorded output honour the life and times of fearsome Irish pirate queen, Grace O’Malley, who infamously stood against Elizabeth I.

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In their riotous live performances, Grace O’Malley has become their opening gambit; four minutes of stomping punk rhymes and sharp-tongued narration, driven by the feisty fretwork of Captain Rehab. Gentle, perhaps understated plucks of mandolin, interject beneath the already tremendous kinetic force of acoustic guitar, those singular notes so subtly adding emotional depth to this ballad, it deserves commendation for how rich their songwriting strength really is. The story begins with O’Malley’s pleads to accompany her father overseas to Spain, to share in the family’s trade forays in that coastal domain, performed with the command of a town crier, mere inches away from a full-on punk snarl or a pirate’s growl seeping into the vocals. The fact neither fully engulf the dialect, yet those ever-so familiar tones linger in every inflection, carry that rebellious spirit marvellously. Then the thumping of kick drum begins, alongside several sustains from the recorder, the harmonies imbuing a sense of romanticism and airiness, a sea breeze if you will, to the recollection of O’Malley’s brief marriages, that pumping tempo leading straight to the chorus, and into her chief role of defending the shores from English oppression. The unison at the end of everybody’s vocals, emphasising the teachings of O’Malley, has the pair of male vocals more prominent, and while maybe or maybe not intentional, serves a clever little juxtaposition and only further reinforces the pirate queen as a brilliant, but sorely forgotten figure of historical feminism.

Details of the conquest of Doona Castle, and the aforementioned confrontation with Queen Elizabeth later unravel, the duly noted refusing to bow before her, and carrying a dagger as protection, causing quite the stir for its time, and afterwards, led to her support of Irish insurgents in the Nine Years War. You could even argue that the final minute of the song, the manic adrenaline of guitar, banjo, and recorder, with the kick drum gathering pace, encapsulates an aural metaphor for battle frenzy, or at its loosest listen, some form of wardance. In any case, after such a tall tale, to create that kind of exhilaration, the kind that this fascinating character led her entire life by, is a fitting testament and tribute. And to think that only begins a Nasty Fishmonger live show. Plainly and simply, for a first single, this is a band with the incendiary attitude, and the devotion and ingenuity to translate fables and folklore, into the most rapturous, yet meticulously textured history lesson you’ll ever participate in.

Grace O’Malley is released 17/04/20, with a live stream to celebrate the single launch to follow.

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The Secret Tsunami Club – S1E07

‘Music can’t make waves, if you don’t know it exists’ – The Soundshark.

Broadcast #7, from a realm in time and space that has intercepted two hours of the best in under the radar, underground, and unsigned music.

This is the Secret Tsunami Club.

Tracklist:

Indian Queens – Shoot For Sexy
Grave Danger – Undead End Job
Casino Kid – Mr. Rat
Ginkgo Dawn Shock – The Second Fish Curse
Exploring Birdsong – The River
Lindsay Schoolcraft – Dangerous Game
Diamond Tactics – Pink Mist
THORN. – Noctum
Huge Molasses Tank Explodes – So Much To Lose
Los Tabanos Experience – Majestic Volcano
Fault Choir – Marketplace
Plague of Carcosa – The Crawling Chaos
Helalyn Flowers – Suicidal Birds
Maud The Moth – As Above So Below
C O L D K I S S – World’s Burn
Airsh4d3 – aurora
Pete Crane – You Are Not Your Body
THEY.I – Vegas Mode
Immortal Girlfriend – Ride
Blanku – Miracle (feat. NVRLUV)
FFF – No Ice Cream
3VS – Red Sun Drive
The Oscilloscope – Shaded Diagram
Boogie Belgique – Cessna (ft. Ian Burgina)
Okami (O) – Ikara

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The Secret Tsunami Club – S1E06

The Secret Tsunami Club - S1E06

‘Music can’t make waves, if you don’t know it exists’ – The Soundshark.

Broadcast #6, from a realm in time and space that has intercepted two hours of the best in under the radar, underground, and unsigned music.

This is the Secret Tsunami Club.

Tracklist:

Grenades – Primate
Ultramariini – Sointu
Rosy Finch – Vermillion
Coyote Man – Perilous
Boneweaver – Depths (feat. Sam Mooradian)
Airships On The Water – Overcaster
You Win Again Gravity – Recursive
I See Vultures – Goodnight, City Lights
No Ostriches – The Solid Lipstick Drama
[Amatory] – Нож (feat. RAM)
Wasted Struggle – Daily Abuse
NYOS – Curiosity
Bubblegum Octopus – Come Back, Beat Life
Bone Cult – Realise
Houses of Heaven – Sleep
Panther Modern – Ask Yourself
Sidewalks and Skeletons – Letting Go
Violent Vickie – Serotonin
Zombie Commando – The Thunder God
Ideesnoires – Echo
Tommy Krües – Miami Miami
Avalon Rays – Holding Back (feat. Spike C)
Dave Owen – Venom
Ash Walker – Come With Us (feat. Yazz Ahmed)
MCL (Micro Chip League) – Soft Electro Song

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The Secret Tsunami Club – S1E05

The Secret Tsunami Club - S1E05

‘Music can’t make waves, if you don’t know it exists’ – The Soundshark.

Broadcast #5, from a realm in time and space that has intercepted two hours of the best in under the radar, underground, and unsigned music.

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Tracklist:

Alexa Van and the Black Outs – Black Doubt
Demonstrations – Clang!
The World / Inferno Friendship Society – Bad Penny Blue
Vernon Jane – Over
The Post War – Bend
The Basement Paintings – Instinct
Eris Is My Homegirl – Nowy Dzień
Pogo Car Crash Control – Tête blême
Quasarborn – A Pill Hard To Swallow
Pressure Cracks – Like Father Like None
The Ditch and the Delta – Maimed
Hammerhands – Dad Sludge
Stömb – Dimension Zero
Celluloide – Si tu renonces
Kofin – Someone To See You
Youryoungbody – Cement
Bedless Bones – Limbs Entwined
DEVILNOTCRY – Energy + Ecstasy
Amy Douglas – Cities In Dust
Antisun – Nosferatu
BVSMV – Labyrinth
Ginger Snap5 – Enter The Action
Miseria Ultima – Remote Warning
R.I.P. (Roppongi Inc. Project) – Bazooka
Escape Artist – Digital Natives

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The Secret Tsunami Club – S1E04

The Secret Tsunami Club - S1E04

‘Music can’t make waves, if you don’t know it exists’ – The Soundshark.

Broadcast #4, from a realm in time and space that has intercepted two hours of the best in under the radar, underground, and unsigned music.

This is the Secret Tsunami Club.

Tracklist:

Gaygirl – Mikkel
Thé Vanille – Philemon’s Chair
Philosophers – Caribou Island
The Legendary Flower Punk – Wabi Wu
Lattermath – Homunculus Theory
Mnmlst – Monarch (Wolf)
Vernon Of Persia – Ascend
FRCTRD – Tyrant
CLCKWS – Sheep*
Owls Woods Graves – Concierge of Hades
Devil-M – Faszination
Our Earth Is A Tomb – øne
Mantis – Tropic of Nothing
The Dining Rooms – Alli guai
Twinsanity – Raw Pressure (feat. Moderator)
SEADRAKE – What You Do To Me
Colossal Squid – Faded Acid
Imer6ia – Aeternalove (feat. Øfdream (R.I.P.))
Human Performance Lab – Terran
Vestron Vulture – Queen of Blades
UltraKiller – Death Race 3000
Restraint – Wardance
Noiger – Even If We Fight (feat. Leslie)
Euglossine – Dryocampa Messenger Service
Isolated Infants – Chapel One

*EDITOR’S NOTE: CLCKWS’ album was actually called Popular Polarization, not Polarized Population as stated. Apologies.

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The Secret Tsunami Club – S1E03

The Secret Tsunami Club - S1E03

‘Music can’t make waves, if you don’t know it exists’ – The Soundshark.

Broadcast #3, from a realm in time and space that has intercepted two hours of the best in under the radar, underground, and unsigned music.

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Tracklist:

Liotta Seoul – Paper Blossom
Dandelion Massacre – Sunshine Fade
Nikki Nailbomb & The Amorphous Blob Orchestra – G.T.F.O.
Resilia – Royal Flush
Satyr – Bird
Intronaut – Pangloss
Dystopian Future Movies – Black-cloaked
Solkyri – Shambles
BEAR – Apollo’s Heist
Neon Graves – Lost Cause
Vane – The Cannibal
Jim Noir – Hexagons
Emme – Wake
Red Mecca – Canticle
Only Child Tyrant – Solid Grey Zebra
Deer Mx – Biting A Spectrum
Nevada Hardware – Hybrid Machine
Amelia Arsenic – Deathless
Baddon – Abandonware
Vulta – Spacedrift
Tesen – Parasite
Muten & Sekev – Blue Mango
SWAG KING – Black Rays
Art of Algebra – Silent Times
YSTLG – It Will Always Rain For You

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The Secret Tsunami Club – S1E02

The Secret Tsunami Club - S1E02

‘Music can’t make waves, if you don’t know it exists’ – The Soundshark.

Broadcast #2, from a realm in time and space that has intercepted two hours of the best in under the radar, underground, and unsigned music.

This is the Secret Tsunami Club.

Tracklist:

False Heads – Rabbit Hole
The Hypnophonics – Black Gloves
Pure Reason Revolution – Silent Genesis
Septa – New Motive Power
Elephant & Centipede – Parabole
Telepathy – Pariah
Azusa – Monument
The Callous Daoboys – Blackberry DeLorean
Igorrr – Very Noise
Drip Fed Empire – 3301
Across The Kingdom – My Colours
Lost In Lavender Town – Kermit The Hedgehog
Not My God – Fiction
Garçons – Hades
Raveyards – Pressing
N A T U R E – Awake
Meister Lampe – Goddess Rati
Mexico City Blondes – Road Noise
Julia Marcell – The Odds
Polypumpkins – Downtown Escape
Elay Arson – Switchblades (ft. The Encounter)
Dissident Noize Factory – Techno Firepit Skank
Beardyman – Every End Is A Beginning
Highlights Of A Modern World – Griefox
The Dept. Of Phantom Limbs – Slouching Towards Bethlehem

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The Secret Tsunami Club – S1E01

The Secret Tsunami Club - S1E01

‘Music can’t make waves, if you don’t know it exists’ – The Soundshark.

Broadcast #1, from a realm in time and space that has intercepted two hours of the best in under the radar, underground, and unsigned music.

This is the Secret Tsunami Club.

Tracklist:

The Foreign Resort – Outnumbered
Slime City – You And Everybody That You Love Will One Day Die
Beachmasters Of The Universe – High Noon, High Tide
Steaksauce Mustache – Dance Cops
Sleep Token – The Offering
DOUX – Lousy
Zeistencroix – Wake Up
Johnny Deathshadow – Suicide Boys Club
Skullcave – Offend, Repeat
Damn Craters – Monomyth
Drip Fed Empire – Mk3
Nightlives – Ways Of Making You Talk
Fatal FE – Starshine
Capital X – In Us We Trust
Josie Pace & Sammi Doll – Perfect Replacement
Fee Lion – Blood Sisters
REIN – Closer To Reality
Sayton Spencer – Paralysis
Occams Laser – Return To The Arcade
Watch Out For Snakes – Scars (ft. Megan McDuffee)
VHS Head – Camera Eyes
Epsilonite – Lexicon
OaT – Fever
Silk Road Assassins – Familiars
Bone Cult – Feed On You

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The Soundshark’s Top 10 Albums of 2019

I feel like I go through the motions every year, repeating the same diatribe, but this time, there is a minor change of circumstances, and even a little bit of excitement. After all, who knows what can happen next in this crazy time we live in? As the site, and ourselves by extension, enter a new decade, one that hopefully that leads to plenty of promise, and one that can only dismay us from the gradual doomsday scenario that the planet seems to be sliding into of late, we glance back one final time into the 2010s (the tenties?) and upon the last year’s worth of music. Compiling this list was somewhat difficult this time around, as I appear to have forgotten more incredible albums than I remember listening to. Even then, to get to the point of narrowing down a contendership of just ten albums, the list was very much disputed the entire time. Alas, the list was finally cemented, and here’s what delights 2019 provided my, and now potentially your, earholes.

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The Soundshark Meets… Mr.Kitty

The first time Mr.Kitty graced the shores of the United Kingdom was in 2014, where for his first ever international show, he played gothic/industrial holiday camp Infest, where he also became the first, and currently, only non-headlining artist to perform an encore in the festival’s history. If that doesn’t speak volumes for the prowess and rabid fanbase that this project has amassed in nearly a decade, then there’s no swaying you I’m afraid. Five years on, this night is also a first in Forrest’s career, where on the eve I got to sit down with him, it was his first ever London show, and naturally anticipation was huge within the confines of Camden’s Underworld, not to mention performing alongside fellow witch house pioneer Sidewalks and Skeletons. Progressing through many doors and hallways bleached with graffiti and swarms of band stickers, I meet Forrest and husband Isaac deep in the Underworld’s bowels, to talk about the past, the present, and the ephemeral. Continue reading