Harry Violet & the Sharks are a dark sax-driven rock & roll 4-piece, crawling the streets of London, intent on mixing dive-bar jive and 12-bar rhythms with nightmarish grooves. The band started out playing raw and primitive versions of their favourite sounds of late-'50s and early-'60s rock & roll, surf and garage in London's dark basement clubs.
This sound has been brewed up with the sound of madness and eclectic influences from The Cramps, The Lounge Lizards, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Tom Waits and the eccentricities of Joe Meek productions.
This, their debut 7” single, contains two original rock & roll numbers inspired by the wild and wacky adventures of Frank Buck and the dystopian youth madness of A Clockwork Orange
Captivated by the raw sounds of The Sonics, Kip Tyler and Link Wray. With DIY urgency they shot their own unnervingly weird and wonderful B-movie music video before creeping back out into London's shadows.
The Dirty Water Club started in October 1996 in the Tufnell Park neighbourhood of north London, at a venue called The Boston. The club's name is derived from The Standells' 1966 hit 'Dirty Water' which glorifies the US city of Boston, Massachusetts.
Past performers have included The White Stripes (voted by Q Magazine as one of the top 10 gigs of all time, Mojo one of the top 30 and Kerrang one of the top 100!), The Gories, NOBUNNY, Kid Congo Powers (from the Cramps), The Fleshtones, Billy Childish, Radio Birdman, The Dirtbombs, Thee Michelle Gun Elephant, The 126.96.36.199's, The Horrors and The Brian Jonestown Massacre to name just a few. The club has also seen some original '60s performers, such as The Monks, ? and the Mysterians, Kim Fowley, Sky Saxon, GONN, Michael Davis of the MC5 and more grace its stage.
Their in-house record label, Dirty Water Records, is one of the leading garage/beat/(real) R&B labels in the world.