We first met We Were Sharks several years ago and now they’re back with an epic new record, “New Low,” due out May 21st via Revival Recordings.
The record comes out of the gate swinging with the massive track, “Shameless” with a giant “F*CK YOU” inspired by co-writer and Silverstein guitarist, Paul Marc Rousseau’s in-studio admission of faking happiness while being absolutely miserable.
When asked about the new album, lead vocalist Randy Frobel shares, “‘New Low’ is a collection of songs that focuses on being down but not out. Since the release of ‘Lost Touch,’ we’ve experienced many of life’s ups and downs. We’ve lost relationships, friends, and family, and have gone through a lot of unexpected challenges that life has a tendency to throw at you when you least expect it. However, no matter what may have tried to keep us down or hold us back, we always take it and keep pushing forward.”
The record is full of massive sing along choruses and mosh pit starters liken “Bring Me Down,” and “Omens,” alongside pop punk ballads like “Burning House,” which reminisces on an old flame that’s swallowed up your entire world and left it in ashes.
The latest single ahead of the album release, “Over This,” will have fans screaming along and hitting replay immediately. About the track, guitarist Jason Mooney said: “A lot of songs tell stories, but when we talked about what ‘Over This’ was going to be about we decided to talk about a feeling or a vibe rather than go the narrative route. We wanted to talk about a feeling you have when you find yourself in a place in life where you should be filled with joy, happiness, pride, and essentially every positive feeling imaginable. Instead you feel lost with no sense of enthusiasm. Although you should appreciate the moments, you feel like you would rather be doing absolutely anything else and be anywhere else than where you are right now.”
We Were Sharks also wrote a lamenting follow up to the blisteringly fast “Ashley” from the last record, aptly titled “Ashley (Part 2).” Just as fast but a little bit longer, “Ashley (Part 2)” clocks in at one minute and 58 seconds but still captures the feelings of young love lost due to growing up. “The original ‘Ashley’ was a fun, fast song we’d had kicking around for years, but we hesitated to put it out because putting out a 70-second song is a death sentence,” said guitarist Colin Jacques.
The Canucks are proving they can’t be pigeonholed with their latest record and we can’t wait for shows to return to see how these translate to a live audience.
Watch the official video for “Over This” below!