SHARKO

SHARKO

 Brussels, Brussels Capital Region, BEL
BandAlternativeRock

Belgian's best-loved indie pop band. "From Zappa to Mika" could be our above-the-title punch line. Stadium chants ("Excellent", "Spotlite"), phony storytelling ("Rip off a phone call"), one uppercut ("Motels"), power emo rock ("Sweet protection"), cartoonish tunes ("Clash P", "No contest")

Biography

Belgian's best-loved indie pop band.

Stadium chants ("Excellent", "Spotlite"), phony storytelling ("Rip off a phone call"), epic hit-single ("I went down"), one clean uppercut ("Motels"), witty funny titles ("Bootleg of AC/DC"), moody retro stuff ("Love is a bug"), cartoonish tunes ("Clash P"), intense songwriting ("President"), power emo rock ("Sweet protection"), tear-jerking melodies ("I need someone") and many more.

Sharko are back with a new and 5th album, "Dance On the Beast". A new lead, between power rock and dance illustrated by 1st single "Yo Heart". Definitely Sharko's best album so far!

Please check out our live video!

*** COMPLETE BIOGRAPHY ***

1999: "FEUDED" - the first album is released in Belgium. A "one-man-band" then, Bartholom� plays almost all instruments and gets help from engineer Rudy Coclet to produce most of his songs. "Such a bone" which is included, gets noticed much due to its weird sexy lyrics. The album is also released in Netherlands and France to positive reviews all over.

2000: Single "Wake up" released in January. With the help of guitar player Teuk Henri, Sharko tours as much as they possibly can. Supporting Paul Weller and Muse in France, Netherlands and Belgium, the two men develop a growing live reputation based on bizarre humorous performances by Bartholom� shrouded with wild guitar sounds by Teuk.

2001: "MEEUWS2" - the second album released in march in Belgium, France and Netherlands. Produced by U.S. producer Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes - whose reputation grows in the U.S.), "MEEUWS2" gets wild reviews. Built around Teuk's guitar playing and intense songwriting by Bartholom�, it includes crowd favorites such as "Bootleg of AC/DC", "Clash P" and "Queen is coming".
Video "I went down" gets airplays on MCM, MTV and other local music stations. Single "Minute" is released in France and catches airplays.
Feeling it's time to get stronger on stage, Julien Paschal joins on drums.
A tour of more than 75 concerts is scheduled.

2003: "MEEUWS2" released in Switzerland, Italy, Greece and Canada.
In the springtime, "MEEUWS2" also gets a release in the U.K. and receives more than warm reviews from the press (The �NME� rates it to a fine 7/10, �The Independent� raises up to an 8/10). Sharko then tours in july with English band Black Nielson thoughout England and Scotland. The tour ends at the Metro club in London (regarded as "concert-of-the-week" for �Time Out� magazine). During that tour, UK magazine �The Face� notices "that crazy promising belgian band" and writes an article. "Meeuws2 isn't the life and soul of the party, but the guy sitting in the corner with a wry smile and a nice line in dry put-downs. Amiable Belgian's UK debut." NME April 2003

2004: "III", Sharko's third album is out in Benelux and France. This new album reveals a much more mature songwriting. Mixed by Ben Findlay (Peter Gabriel), it includes epic songwriting ("President"), phony storytelling ("Rip off a phone call"), funny songs �� la Prince-Beck� (�Luv Mix�), intense alienation (�Bath�), lynchian colours (�Car Was�) and crowd sing-alongs such as 'Excellent'.
Lucent single "Spotlite" is released and gets heavy radio airplays in France. A massive tour is scheduled.

2006: After a one-year hiatus, Sharko returns. Having dealt with a severe breakdown, Bartholom� comes back reluctantly with uncertain feelings.
Sensing an urgency to reach a new (if not higher) level, Sharko contacts and convinces London-based producer Dimitri Tikovoi (Placebo, Goldfrapp, The Horrors) to take control. Songs are heavy and dark, expressing issues Bartholom� no longer wants to hide, Tikovoi pushes them even further.
He dares the band to love the idea of vertigo before guiding them towards breath-taking heights.

2007: Brutal, profound, moody, but definitely sincere, fourth album "MOLECULE" is released in Belgium in january. Single "Motels" is embraced by radios all over their home-country.
Praising the strong production and the straighter songwriting, "MOLECULE" gets wild reviews from convinced critics.
After having sold out the mythical "Ancienne Belgique" in Brussels, they embark on a massive tour to promote the album.

March 2007 sees the release of "MOLECULE" in France and Switzerland. Great press reviews by French musical magazines Les Inrocks, Rolling Stone. Soon followed by Australia and New Zealand in may 2007.

In June 2007, Sharko received 2 Belgian music awards for best band and best album of the year. They performed at the biggest festivals during summmer (Dour, Francofolies de Spa,...) in front of huge crownd.
As a matter of facts, "Sweet protection" entered the play-lists of national radios like Bel RTL and NRJ Belgium.

2008 saw Sharko touring in Canada (CMW Toronto, Montreal) and in NYC. The band performed during summer at big festivals like Les Vieilles Charrues and Solidays in France, as well as Paleo festival in Switzerland,

Lyrics

Motels

Written By: David Bartholomé

We're open 6 hours a week... Promise
Pain, it's not what I wished for... Sorry
Man, it's just an act to bleed... Hell no
Fame, that's not what I wished for...
Motels

Hey you two could save my week... Defense
Stay indoors and lock you in... It's so rude
Men absolutely believe... In you
Then you rent a larger room...
Motels

I'll pick the electronics
You'll do the economic
We'll need a larger room
For everyone to dance
I'll pick the electronics
You'll do the economic
We'll need a larger room
And that's all

Trip

Written By: David Bartholomé

I'm new in town
I know no one
Polite and pleat
So far so neat
I know exactly
I feel exactly
In my galaxy
Life is so sweet

System is broken down
System exploded down
In my galaxy
Life is so sweet

I've seen your face
I've loved your face
I've loved your ways
Oh my rifle
I love your face
I love your ways
Do you want to know me
In my galaxy?

I went down

Written By: David Bartholomé

I went down to see the rest (the face) of you in a bag down in the garage
I feel more myself with your skin on,
it's a big surprise, I went down

I feel my bud echoes and that until my head explodes
I feel more myself with your shoes on
That until I'm Michael Jackson
That until I "foot my feet off"
That until I shake and shiver
Now I'm alright, now

Spotlite

Written By: David Bartholome

I believe there is something in the dark night, you see
That I'll catch back in the spotlight, easy
And I'll make it out at midnight, sorry
Never thought I would be that right, oh oh...

I believe there is something it's in your eyes, dizzy
With your bloody mouth it's alright, aïe!
Never thought I would be that right, oh oh...

Doo do doo doo...

I don't know, sorry, easy, dizzy, I don't know, it hurts, hurts done!
I don't know, I'm sorry, I'm sorry, dizzy, easy, it hurts, gone hurts...
I don't know, I'm sorry, ouh, it hurts good, dizzy, dizzy, sorry
I don't know... It 's in you...

Yo Heart

Written By: David Bartholome

Oh woaw, stop shaking my heart
I would give a lot but as I said sometime
I'd leave you with a lot to dim I'll tell you when I go clean
I was trying to give you my time
I would give a lot but you wouldn't give it back
I was standing up aside your table I told you that's a cable
I told you that's a cable
I told you how to win a ...
Good heart, give me yo heart
Dizzy yo heart, oh yeah yo heart

O waow that's giving a tongue!
And a french kiss I would give you to make you mine
I was standing when I tried
And I gave my tongue, and when I gave my tongue...

Yo heart, just give me yo heart
Dizzy yo heart Hello you my soul, surrender
Gimme, gimme yo heart, give it to me, give it to me
I would give a lot but you wouldn't give it back
Yo heart, this is your heart
O yeah yo heart
This is your heart!

23 Find We Belong

Written By: David Bartholome

The way you acted so "un-Papa"
The things you tried to do us Papap
The face you brought us, stuff unsung
We belong to the same sorry spot in the end

The wings it gave us so and so
The flavor cold and cold and co
The pain you brought and brought again
We belong to the same sorry spot I fear

Hi I'm gonna try it over again
I'm gonna try it over again
I'm gonna try it over again

You acted like all those who knew
You didn't act like those who cared
The things you did untold untold
We belong and it's not all your fault I know

Hi we're gonna find you a place to drill

The cynism of modern art
You can't afford it for a start
The way we download at full speed
Evidently it's not made for you
You, I... We belong

Hi we're gonna find you a place drive
Hi we're gonna find you a car to drive
Hi we're gonna find you a place to dream
Hi we're gonna find you a place
You, I... We belong

Rise Up

Written By: David Batholome

Stay away from me I said to a friend
Won't you ever hey come back again
Stay out of there, stay out of there
There has to be a way
Rise on instead Rise up instead
Try me, I will do it the very best I can!

Takes you by the hand to get a new chance
When you are lost in the dark
It makes you big a bigger man
You try to understand

Rise up instead
Rise up instead and try me
You will get the very chance to stay on my side
Stay on my side and fly me to the very high
Highest ground I can

Cinema Tech

Written By: David Bartholome

It brings a new temptation
It brings a new frustration
It's true... a couple of new instants
It brings a new market
It needs a new pocket
It's true... a couple of new expressions

Cinema Tech, cinema back in a box, sly kick, Nightmare Blvd
Cinema Tech, cinema block cinema, Hollywood Blvd

It stays in your sources
It stains all your walls and cities
I know... a couple of new expressions

Cinema Tech, cinema back in a box, sly kick, nightmare Blvd
Cinema Tech, cinema block cinema, heads on Houston Blvd
Rise on chaos

It's so cold, so cold, so cold from my head to my toes
So I welcome back and I welcome back... Sunlight on my face

Cinema Tech, cinema back in a box, sly kick, Nightmare Blvd
Cinema Tech, cinema blow cinema, heads on Houston Blvd
Rise on chaos!

Since You Called

Written By: David Bartholome

Since you called
Since you called, I'm not the same guy, you know that's true
Since you called
Since you called
Si nce you called, I'm not the hey hey, you know that's true

Love was a game
What's your name?
Love was a su-per game!

Discography

- album "Dance On The Beast" (2009 Bang / Pias)
- album "Molecule" (2007 Bang) - out in France (discograph), Belgium (Bang), Switzerland (Rec Rec), Australia (Low transit industries).
- album "III" (2004 Bang) - out in France -(discograph), Belgium (Bang), Switzerland (Rec Rec).
- album "Meeuws 2" (2001 Bang) - out in France (Wagram), Benelux (Bang), Switzerland (Disques office), UK (Discovery), Italy (Audioglobe), Canada (Fusion III).
- album "Feuded" (1999) - out in France and Belgium.

AIRPLAY
- "Sweet protection" (2007) play listed on Bel RTL, NRJ Belgium, Pure FM,...
- "Motels" (2007) play listed on OUI FM (France), #1 on Pure FM (Belgium), Ferarock (French indie radios)
- "Spotlite" (2004) play listed on France Inter (national state radio), #1 on Pure FM (Belgium), played by OUI FM, indie PL on Le MOUV' (national French rock radio).
- "I went down" (2001) #1 on PURE FM

TVs
Several concerts broadcasted on RTBF (Belgian state TV channel).
"Spotlite" video clip awarded "best video of the week" by M6 (French national TV channel).

Set List

From 45 mn to 1h20 mn gig.
Bug, Excellent, No More, Sugarboy, Bath, No Contest, Motels, Spotlite, Car Was, Rip Off, Sweet Protection, Trip, Rock 1, I Went Down, Godspeed, Wake up.
We don't do covers.