Sharp/Shock, composed of UK exports Davey Warsop (Beat Union, Suedehead), Dan Smith (The Dear & Departed) and American drummer, Korey Kingston (The Aggrolites/Suedehead), released their debut album, “Unlearn Everything”, today via Alkaline Trio’s Heart&Skull Records. It’s an album title I could totally get behind back when I was still in school. And I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t have taken up too much of my time either.
For the members of Sharp Shock, growing up with the bands that defined music with an honesty and passion that can be rarely found in modern times, cleared a very obvious path for what they wanted to do with their own lives. Sometimes in music, the storybook tale of determination, sacrifice and despair can be thrown around hastily. To some, those three things describe a reality that very few can truly understand, and for the members of Sharp Shock, they are only a few attributes that make up their unique story.
"It is an absolute honor to welcome Sharp/Shock to the Heart&Skull family,” says Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio and Blink–182. “We started our label to not only put out our own releases but to also release music by people we consider close friends. Family. In a business that is growing exceedingly difficult to find true allies in, we are proud to offer a situation for artists in which the most important goal is to publish great art by great people. To have Sharp/Shock as our maiden partnership in this venture is something we have always hoped for but until recently, haven't imagined. From the first time we heard their record we knew that they were a perfect fit. We are extremely thankful that they felt the same way. It is an amazing feeling to help such a great group of people put out this amazing record via Heart&Skull."
Pick up your copy of “Unlearn Everything” via iTunes or the band’s Merch Store. Or go see them live if you live in the LA area. They’ll be opening for The Matches tomorrow at the Teragram Ballroom. Tickets are available here.
The band recently released the official music video for their song “Away From The Man”, which can be seen below or you can stream the whole album over at Substream.