Shark Week

Rocks Like:
The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Black Lips, Ty Segall
Check Out:
'Shark Week' EP

[Photo: Amber Mahoney] When frontman Ryan Hunter Mitchell and bassist Danielle Vu set out in the spring of 2011 to find members for their new band, Shark Week, there were only two criteria: “You had to own an instrument and be into the Stooges,” says Mitchell. The band never made goals to change the world or get rich—they just came to rock. “Not that we’re ‘trying to be starving artists,’” says Mitchell. “We just want to get people to hear our music and have a killer time.” Shark Week are known for their wild live performances, which have often included Mitchell hanging from the ceiling, making their shows a must-see, whether you’re a Washington, D.C. local or just traveling through. “Word gets around,” says Mitchell. “It got to the point that when bigger bands would come to town, they’d be pointed in our direction.” While Shark Week are undeniably psychedelic surfer rock, the band’s roots give things a little twist. “At the end of the day,” says Mitchell, “We grew up in punk bands, and it’s gonna veer toward rowdy garage rock.”

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