I Heart Sharks

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I Heart Sharks
I Heart Sharks-1.jpg
Background information
Origin Berlin, Germany
Genres Indietronica
Years active 2008–present
Labels Island Records Berlin, AdP Records
Website www.iheartsharks.net
Members Pierre Bee
Simon Wangemann
Martin Wolf
Craig Miller
Past members Georg Steinmaier

I Heart Sharks are a German-British Indietronica band from Berlin, Germany. They have released on Island Records and AdP Records respectively.

History[edit]

Founded in 2008 after Pierre Bee moved to Berlin from London, I Heart Sharks have supported acts such as Cobra Starship,[1][2] BLK JKS,[3] Does It Offend You, Yeah?[4] and Zoot Woman.[5] In 2011 they went on tour in Germany with Friendly Fires[6] and Natalia Kills.[7]

The band cite a mixture of both German and British influences, including Kraftwerk and The Cure,[8] and are celebrated for spearheading a new indie music scene in Berlin and Germany.[9]

The band's first single, "Wolves", was released on Laserlaser/Rough Trade[10] in July 2010 and included several remixes, including one from Cobra Starship guitarist Ryland Blackinton.

The second single, Neuzeit, was released digitally and as a handmade physical special edition limited to 300 copies on AdP Records/Alive on the 21st of October 2011.[11] The song was the band's first venture into German lyrics, albeit only in the chorus, and the video features topless dancers with images of the band members projected upon them.[12] On the 28th of October 2011, I Heart Sharks released their debut album, Summer, also on AdP Records/Alive. It was met with positive reviews from the German music press, many comparing the band to contemporariesFoals and Friendly Fires through their live show, but also mentioning that some of the live energy is lost on the LP.[13]

On the 13th of December 2011, the band released a statement on their Tumblr blog that drummer Georg Steinmaier was leaving the band.[14] After a brief period with a session drummer, I Heart Sharks started 2012 with new permanent member Martin Wolf.[15]

Guitarist Simon Wangemann has also worked as a producer, remixer or engineer for other bands such as 'Ja, Panik', 'Bilderbuch', 'Dadajugend Polyform' and 'Lux Repeat'.[16]

The song "Neuzeit" was chosen as the Berlin Festival Anthem in 2012.[17]

"Anthems"[edit]

In 2013 I Heart Sharks signed a record deal with Island Records and finished producing their follow-up album "Anthems". [18] The album was recorded in an unused textile mill in Manchester and in the former DDR radio station in Köpenick in Berlin with the help of producer Joe Cross of Hurts and The Courteeners fame. Other notable contributors include Midge Ure and Henning Sommer from Hamburg band Wilhelm Tell Me. [18]

"Anthems" was released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on the 28th of March 2014, [18]and received a very positive responses from the press.[19] The sound was described as poppier than the predecessor, "Summer", with more confident vocals and thicker arrangements, [20]some even going so far as to describe the band as "Berlin's Hipster Prophets".[21]

"Hey Kid"[edit]

After a year-long break, I Heart Sharks released the "Hey Kid" EP on the 28th of March 2016. [11] The EP featured 3 original tracks: "Hey Kid", "Dancing On Your Own" and "Back Home", as well as a Favourite Child remix of the title track.

The video to "Dancing On Your Own" mocked the taboo around female masturbation, using fruit and food to simulate sexual situations. [22]

Members[edit]

Pierre Bee - Synthesizer, Vocals.

Simon Wangemann - Guitar, Synthesizer, Vocals.

Martin Wolf - Drums, Synthesizer.

Craig Miller - Bass Guitar, Vocals.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 2014 - Anthems
  • 2011 - Summer

Singles/EPs[edit]

  • 2016 - Hey Kid EP
  • 2014 - To Be Young
  • 2011 - Neuzeit
  • 2010 - Wolves EP

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Laserlaser Management
  2. ^ [2] Mainstage Review, Luxor, Cologne
  3. ^ [3] Knust Hamburg
  4. ^ [4] Halle02 Heidelberg
  5. ^ [5] Szene Magazin Gorgeous Music Festival
  6. ^ [6] JMC Magazin Revue, Luxor, Cologne
  7. ^ [7] Life On Stage Revue, Knust, Hamburg
  8. ^ [8] Rote Raupe Interview
  9. ^ [9] JMC Review
  10. ^ [10] Rough Trade Distribution
  11. ^ a b [11] AdP Records Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "AdP_Records" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  12. ^ [12] Kinki Magazine
  13. ^ [13] Intro Magazine
  14. ^ [14] I Heart Sharks Tumblr
  15. ^ [15] Stuttgart Gig Blog
  16. ^ [16] Simon Wangemanns personal website
  17. ^ [17] Berlin Festival Anthem
  18. ^ a b c [18] Intro Magazin
  19. ^ [19] Rockzoom Review
  20. ^ [20] Tribe Online Magazine
  21. ^ [21] Bild Online
  22. ^ [22] Dressed Like Machines