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July 1, 2012 / jhsaeger

Shark Tape’s Second EP: Eyes On You

Shark Tape’s Eyes On You

    Last week, alt-rock trio Shark Tape released the five-song EP Eyes On You, their second and best release of 2012. The follow-up to their debut EP Shark Tape, which was first released in March, Eyes On You furthers certain aspects of their first record while alsoexpanding on the band’s sound to continue what has a been a bright start so far by the group.
   A Philadelphia-based alt-rock band that dabbles in post-punk, Shark Tape is comprised of lead singer/bassist Stephen Lorek, guitar player Niles Weiss, and drummer Dylan Mulcahy. In their new EP, the band returned with their best song to date, the title track “Eyes On You.” With stiff competition from Good Old War, the endearing “Eyes On You, may be one of the best songs to emerge from a Philadelphia band so far this year. Complete with terrific drum fills and a soul-baring set of vocals from Lorek, who sings the brief, yet emotional chorus “let it go, eyes on you, let it ache, eyes on you,” the track may take the band to a different tier and is a building block that would fit in well with a more complete full-length album. 
    Shark Tape followed “Eyes On You” by changing the pace of the EP with the garage-rocker “Change Your Mind.” Their most up-tempo song of the two albums releases, “Change Your Mind” is made when Weiss’ energetic riffs and Mulcahy’s drumming lock together to produce the group’s purest rock song on the record. Not to be left out are “Best Behavior,” which features Lorek’s boldest set of lyrics, and the EP-capping “Shadows.”
   The self-produced Eyes On You is available as a digital download on itunes and as a CD. Shark Tape’s next gig is on July 25that Philadelphia’s Kung Fu Necktie. 

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