Joe Gideon & The Shark

Joe Gideon & The Shark

 London, England, GBR

Joe Gideon & The Shark have made serious waves in the UK with their unique and idiosyncratic brand of storytelling sound-tracked by country-tinged post-punk and are now ready to take the plunge across the pond.


London thoroughbred brother and sister duo Joe Gideon & The Shark are a sight and sound to behold. Barely 2 years old and their debut album "Harum Scarum" has shaken the UK press onto its knees in awe. The love they have inspired comes from not only the public at large, but their peers too. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have taken them out on tour, as have Archie Bronson Outfit, Seasick Steve, The Duke Spirit, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Wire. The list is endless. They are also firm festival favourites.
Joe Gideon pounds bass and guitar whilst narrating his autobiographical tales of misadventure, and little sister Viva (The Shark) drives the whole thing along with glorious drums and piano and 8-track (often, incomprehensibly, all at the same time)
Meandering through soundscapes that take in beat-fuelled rifforama, voodoo-injected grooves and melodious beauty, their sound is both comfortably spacious and foot-stompingly intense. And highly original.
Viva’s artistry is gracious and almost gymnastic, evidently a trait learned from her days as a ribbon-twirling athlete (a rhythmic gymnast to be precise) who represented the UK in the Barcelona Olympics. Gideon was not around to witness his sister’s glory, instead he was on the opposite side of the globe on the jury panel judging Miss Bolivia. This truly befits the picture painted by the band.


Single - DOL/Harum Scarum
LP - Harum Scarum