It gives me satisfaction to see such a talented group of people get what they deserve for working hard. I remember playing a show or two with We Were Sharks back in the days where I was just a young kid with a dream and no idea what I’d have to do to make it come true. I remember jamming out to these guys at the front of the stage one night and nothing has changed in the four or five years since. Not A Chance, the band’s first release under Panic State Records, is a wonderful blend of everything you’d want a pop punk band to have: fast, driving beats, catchy choruses, guitar licks, and lyrics that speak to everyone. These guys have made their presence known and are definitely here to stay.
The production quality was, of course, top notch. The guitars were loud and clear, the drums brought it all together, and the depth of the bass provided a captivating, yet powerful sound to blend with the vocals. Each song has been well thought out and carefully structured to produce something excellent. My favourite songs would have to be, “Not A Chance in Halifax” and “How to Lose Your Cool” because I found that they were the songs that contrasted the most with the rest of the record. Some of the other songs sounded relatively similar to each other in styling so the diversity in sound was welcomed. They had different rhythms and keys, and showed off their musicality which, in my opinion, is hard to do with this genre. Considering everyone is beginning to sound the same, from the small underground to the big names, this band managed to add something new.
We Were Sharks have truly set the bar for what an up-and-coming, pop punk band should be, and I would definitely recommend picking up this record, and checking them out on tour right now! Get out of this town with your pizza, beer, and best friends and go check out We Were Sharks!
Written by Rian Cunningham
*edited by Danielle Kenedy