"Monkey vs. Shark" is the latest release from one of San Francisco's brightest indie bands, Thee More Shallows. 2005 was a breakout year for Dee Kesler and company as their full length record, "More Deep Cuts" (Turn Records), was universally praised as being dark, sinister, epic and fresh, as well as being hailed by many as one of the best records of the year, and landing them on nation-wide tours along-side John Vanderslice, 31 Knots, Jim Yoshii Pile Up and more.
"Monkey vs. Shark" (due out on May 9th) is a new collection of songs that pick up where "More Deep Cuts" leaves off, almost like an appendix to the album. Moody, intense,layered indie rock songs with a hint of paranoia and Kesler's hushed vocals that drag you into the deep end.
The 7 song EP includes their stark rendition of Al Green's "I Can't Get Next To You" which was first performed on BBC 1 in the UK and has been described as "a beautiful soul song...with the soul sucked out of it," as well as a new version of "Freshman Thesis" (originally appearing on "More Deep Cuts") remixed by Odd Nodsam and Why? (Anticon).
Sitting at the songwriting helm is Dee (David) Kesler, joined by Chavo Fraser and Jason Gonzales sharing drums, samples, keyboards, and bass.