Released: 10th January 2012
Genre: Indie Rock
TL;DR: Pretty good. 6/10
Tranquil Sharks is a band from the lovely county of Essex, offering a relaxed sound with a dash of attitude. This marks a change in sound, as two of the bands members were formally in The Rundowns, a band which offered a more traditional indie sound.
Weigh Me Down is the latest track to be released, and it strays from the relaxed part of the genre and delves more into the heavy side. A well recorded, catchy guitar riff takes the reigns for the majority of the two minutes, allowing the other instruments to create a thick wall of noise behind it, emphasising the amount of attitude the band proclaim to have. As well as the great production and the delicious beats, the lyrics are also fairly simple to learn and bring an added incentive to sing along with the vocalist.
It sounds a lot like the distorted moments of the classic I Want You (She’s So Heavy) by The Beatles, and the name of this track and the repeated lyrics “she’s so heavy” only enhance the correlation between the two.
Because of this, Weigh Me Down sounds a little short, and could have easily been converted into a three or even four minute track, offering some space between the choruses and guitar solo. Currently the track has a lot of ideas played one after another with little to no breaks, making it a little rushed and difficult to really take in.
The track is good, but I do feel that if they had extended the length by a couple of minutes, the listener would have gotten an accurate idea of the genre Tranquil Sharks have labelled themselves as.