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Shark Week

Shark Week releases debut LP 'Beach Fuzz' + tours the east coast

DC's indie rockers Shark Week released their debut album on NYC's Paper Cup Records on May 19. The band is about to depart on a East Coast tour that will see them play the Northside Festival in Brooklyn and Toronto's NXNE. Check out single "Why Did I Let you Go" streaming below.


Loud Boyz 7" release show!

Loud Boyz is finally releasing a 7" this Saturday, January 10th, at Comet Ping Pong! The single includes the songs Hard Feelings and 4 the Ladies, and can be pre-ordered at Cricket Cemetery.

Loud Boyz will be joined by DC garage/surf heartthrobs Shark Week, who are preparing the highly anticipated album, Beach Fuzz, for 2015 (check out lead single "Desire"). This is a super lineup, featuring two of DC's hottest bands, poised for national success, on one stage, and not to be missed. Saturday, January 10th, @ Comet Ping Pong. 10PM. $12. --Natan Press


Ticket Giveaway: Black Clouds w/ Shark Week, Warchild, Typefighter & More @ 9:30 Club 7/27


The DC Party Action Committee Council is busting out the hugest line-up of the summer to hit the 9:30 stage Saturday 7/27 featuring some of DC's finest. Instrumental giants of loud ambient indie-rock Black Clouds will headline with their and bring forth the sounds from their LP Everything Is Not Going To Be Ok (check it out below,) available now on vinyl! DC Deli's Band of the Year Shark Week joins them to celebrate their upcoming release Santurce that will be available on vinyl and iTunes on 7/30! Thrash-metal Warchild has laid out that this will be their last show ever, so don't miss their set or you'll regret it forever. Rock & rollers Typefighter just graced the Fort Reno stage, so now see them with some air conditioning rolling through as they belt out tracks from their EP discography. True Head will rep the night with classic head bobbing DC 90s vibes, while NoVa's Highway Cross kicks the set off with hardcore punk from their latest release Run Dry. If that's not enough, Blackout DJs will be there too!

The 9:30 Club wants to make sure that you are there, so we've teamed up with them to give one lucky Deli reader 2 spots on the guestlist! All you have to do is email us by 3 PM on 7/18 and tell us your favorite local band. Please include your first and last name for guest list requirements. The winner will be emailed back. Tickets are still for sale here.

Interview with Shark Week: DC Deli's Best Emerging Band of 2012


You may remember the bombardment of year end lists and polls that dominated the social media stratosphere a couple months ago. Of course we at the DC Deli were a part of the chaos, and in that time, more than several local scene experts (mostly venue bookers and journalists) came to us with similar praise for the band that would become our Best Emerging Band of 2012. And that band is the surf garage rockers Shark Week. We wanted to find out more about the quartet comprised of Ryan, Danielle, Dan and Al. We got a hold of singer/guitarist Ryan Hunter Mitchell who tells us about fooseball tournament prizes, recording in Puerto Rico, and performing at Sweetlife Festival this year! Click here for the interview...

Shark Week will be headed off to SxSW in the coming days, so catch them at their send off show this Friday March 8th at the Rock and Roll Hotel. They will be shooting a live video and premiering a new single! Joining them are DC's dance rock outfit Dance For the Dying, Balitmore's psyche rockers The Flying Eyes, and new DC punk band Joy Buttons. Doors are at 8 PM and it's only $10. -Dawn

Check out this awesome video for their song "Baby Maybe" released just this week.


Interview with Shark Week

- by Dawn Reed

Deli: How did the band start?


Ryan Hunter Mitchell (singer/guitarist): Danielle and I wanted to start an all-girl surf band, but after striking out on girls, we decided to let guys in the club. Dan wanted us to play a party at his house, but our drummer at the time couldn't do it so Dan filled in himself and it just worked. Al and Dan had played together as U.S. Royalty's auxiliary percussion/keyboard section, so when we needed a guitarist, we looped Al in and he was a perfect fit. 

What's the story behind the band name?

Ryan: We thought it was a fitting name for an all-girl surf band. 

What are your biggest musical influences?

Ryan: I'd like to say Tom Waits but I'm not sure it comes off in our tunes. I am a huge Kinks fan. We like to think of ourselves as a shitty version of the Kinks.

What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?

Ryan: Future Islands out of Baltimore are a great band. Uku Kuut out of Estonia, I just found some of his albums they're great. El Rego from Benin is great soul stuff, the guitar sounds on his records are rad. 

What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?

Ryan: I probably saw some awful local pop punk bands for my first concert. My first tape was the Offspring's "Smash" but my first CD was the Grosse Point Blank soundtrack, which I won in a Foosball tournament.

What do you love about DC's music scene?

Ryan: DC has a lot of great bands and a lot of cool house shows and house parties but maybe a lot of bands are too worried about the local scene and the "local sound". It'd be nice to see people get over that. 

What are your plans for the upcoming year?

Ryan: We have a busy couple months ahead of us. In about a week, we're releasing a teaser of a new song we recorded in Puerto Rico in January. Then we're touring from Baltimore and DC down to SXSW in Austin starting next Thursday. We're playing the Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather in May... Not sure after that. If we have time hopefully an album this year. 

What was your most memorable live show?

Ryan: We're pretty good at making sure we can't remember our shows. But we played with the Fresh & Onlys a little while back and the now-defunct venue Red Palace in DC. They were great. 

Is there someone who has helped your band grow through support? 

Ryan: Is this a set up for a god reference?

No. Is there a piece of equipment you couldn't live without and why?

Ryan: I got this 1960's Sears Silvertone amp from a pawn shop that has a kinda fuzzy tremelo. It's a pain in the ass to lug around and it's always falling apart but I just can't get rid of it. 







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