"Carole King seduces Beck on a Polanski film set" Angular organic beats, obscure samples, and electrifying rock; passionate melodies within walls of sound. Featuring extreme and diverse influences, from Bjork, Jeff Buckley, St. Ettiene, and Queens of the Stone Age, to Marvin Gaye, Minnie Ripperton, Moloko and Muse, Shari’s powerful, dramatic and unique vocal delivery reflects a wide range of emotions, through lyrics of life, love, tragedy and fantasy.
The Sharmills is a collaboration that began in 2002. Both members have played in several previous bands, and wanted to concentrate on songwriting and recording.
Have you performed in front of an audience?
We are in the process of forming a band. Our album has been recorded by the 2 of us only, but we are now itching to play live.
Your musical influences
Super Furry Animals, The Cardigans, The Left Banke, The Brand New Heavies, Barbarella Film Soundtrack, Primal Scream, Stereolab, Sound Gallery Compilations, The Beach Boys, Miles Davis, Sly & the Family Stone, Debussy, Stravinsky, Radiohead, John Coltrane, Pulp, Miles Davis, Marvin Gaye, The Salsoul Orchestra, Muse, Queens of the Stone Age, Jimi Hendrix, N*E*R*D, Air, Beta Band, Ennio Morricone, Stevie Wonder, Chemical Brothers, The Blues, The Byrds, Aretha Franklin, Smashing Pumpkins, Groove Armada, Atari Teenage Riot, ABBA, Jeff Buckley, Twisted Charm.
What equipment do you use?
Mac G3, Logic Audio, Mackie 1604vlz, AKG solidtube mic, fender strat guitar, yamaha QY700, Akai s950 sampler, Fostex D90, analogue keyboards, broadwood piano.
CD album - ‘Ghosts’ - eleven songs that unfold and display hidden and darker sides of human experience. While the lyrics cover themes such as obsession, delusion, insomnia, and addiction, the music is bold, outgoing, dynamic and colourful, featuring a huge range of styles including rock, dance, jazz, electronic, R&B, experimental, ambient, industrial and classical. From the crispy, crunchy comic-groove of ‘Shoes’ (shopping addiction), to the laid back, 1970s jazz of ‘Wicked’ (love and denial), the rude electro-grunge of ‘Robotminds’ (domination), to the mega-sectional, relentless epic nightmare of ‘The Shocking Pursuit’ (trust and isolation), ‘Ghosts’ is a full-on confrontation with our weaker side. On sale at: www.cdbaby.com/sharmills (US) www.getmemusic.com/sharmills (UK) Downloads at: www.karmadownload.com/artist/?The%20Sharmills