Sharkmuffin is Tarra Thiessen and Natalie Kirch, a duo of Brooklynite sirens bred from the waves of the Jersey shore. Influenced by everyone from Nirvana to The Ronettes, Sharkmuffin adds a unique jagged edge onto ‘60s beach pop meets ‘90s alt sound, a genre lovingly dubbed “opti-mystic glam-grunge.” With several cross-country tours (including many return trips to SXSW) and no shortage of killer tracks, Sharkmuffin has been creating a veritable whirlpool of musical chaos.
Their latest installment is the stick-your-tongue-out cheeky “Where’s My Mimosa” from their up-coming EP Split Cassette, a split with psychedelic punk meets rock band The Off White. The tracks screams out for intersectional feminism. Thiessen explains to BUST, “Lyrically in ‘Where's my Mimosa?’ I poke fun at myself for feeling like an annoying white girl who can afford to occasionally go to brunch and eat avocado toast. In today's world where it seems like many feminist indie rock bands are a group of, or include cute slim white women who intentionally or unintentionally use their sex appeal to further their careers, it's important to acknowledge this privilege and realize how painful it is to continue reinforcing these standards. Feminism is for all women (and men) and we need to support more diverse images of women and work towards a more inclusive music community.
I am very thankful for the life I have, and believe women should be able to express themselves in any way they want, but I am also self-aware of those who aren't as lucky and hope we can create an open dialogue with our music in discussing issues like these."
Split Cassette will be released July 21 via Little Dickman records. Check out Sharkmuffin’s upcoming US tour dates below.
SHARKMUFFIN TOUR DATES:
7/20 -- Muchmore's Brooklyn, NY (Split EP Release Show)
7/21 -- Bond Street Bar -- Abury Park, NJ
7/23 -- Pacecloud -- Providence, RI
7/24 -- Cafe 9 -- New Haven, CT
7/25 -- Mr Smalls Funhouse -- Pittsburg, PA
7/26 -- The Barbary -- Philadelphia, PA