Scared of Sharks – “Stumble”


A commanding alt-rock sound takes hold on new single “Stumble” from Scared of Sharks, a rising band based in Mogareeka, Australia. “‘Stumble’ is one of our favourites to play live and we’re stoked at how it sounds recorded,” says member Taylor Schwifty. They have evident reason to be proud, as the track blends a ’90s alt-rock nostalgia with a modern intrigue in its escalating vocal fervency and psych-touched rhythmic hypnotics. “Stumble” represents the first track from the act’s upcoming debut EP, due to release later this year, and bolstered by a small run of shows in Melbourne, Wollongong, and Sydney.

“It might be time to just let it go,” a debonair vocal drive clamors alongside riveting guitar distortion. The no-frills, let-loose ethos meshes well with a hazy rock appeal that exudes an anthemic, enjoyably brash immersion. The bass-y verses tout a more sporadic vocal nonchalance, which escalates with feverish cohesion into the gripping chorus. “Stumble” is a stellar output from Scared of Sharks, and it’s easy to see why it’s so well-received live; the studio version is captivating as well.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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