A set of songs from somebody just like you: We're trying to deal with it all and have a good time.
We're not trying to be anything we're not.
But whatever we are, it's because that's what you want us to be.
We are Sharks! On Fire! and we're here to play our songs because we honestly believe in them. And though we struggle to make our ends meet every single day, we have never lost sight of what we want to do:
Share our music.
Since forming in Kamloops during 2006, Sharks On Fire has been no stranger to struggle. In the first four years alone, they went through seven different drummers - none of which lasted longer than a few months. But this didn't stop them from from recording their 2008 home-made EP "Tickets To Tokyo", and their 2009 EP recorded by Dustin Marsh at Marshland Studios, "We Had A Dance-Off In A Thunderstorm", both of which received moderate play on local university radio stations.
In the following year, 2010, front man Sheldon Stenning had an altercation with a former band-mate from his previous pop-punk outfit. Punches were thrown and a devastating assault charge was pressed against him. After months in court he settled things privately, narrowly escaping jail time and a criminal record. Not only was Sheldon lucky but through some happy twist of fate, he had found their new, permanent drummer: Bryan Michael.
With their roster finally complete, the band wrote and released their next single "Air Combat", which picked up some commercial radio play and Sharks went on a Western Canada tour that included the rainy city of Vancouver - a place the band fell in love with. Immediately after returning to their small home-town with a broken tour van, they decided it was time to move. A hard decision to be sure, Sheldon had grown up and lived his whole life in Kamloops alongside guitarist Dan Hum and bass player Evan Follweiter.
Sharks held a highly successful going away festival jokingly entitled "Sharksfest 2010", featuring some of their favorite unsigned pop-punk bands from as far out as Saskatchewan. With the help of Joy Factory Films, the best moments from the fest were compiled into a music video for their single and the band promptly took off to Vancouver with their newly repaired (but barely running) van.
Three months later, Sheldon and Dan ended up falling on hard times. They were broke and their housing situation fell through. At the same time, the band's tour van once again broke down. After several thousand dollars in repairs, it had breathed its last breath and had to be given up for scrap metal. They had nowhere to live, nowhere to practice, no way to play shows and of course, no money.
These were the lowest of times for the band, but they were lucky enough to experience a lot of beauty through this. People opened their homes to them, other bands lent them their gear so they could play shows and, most touchingly, a band donated their profits to help Sharks out. These are things that won't soon be forgotten, and it kept Sharks playing through the thick of it all.
Several months later on a complete fluke, the band found themselves playing a show at Bully's Studios out in New Westminster. While talking to the show promoter, it was mentioned that Sharks needed a jam-space to call home. Bull's fit the bill perfectly and the band booked a practice the very next day.
Sharks spent the next two years writing and practicing here, while playing shows all over the mainland and Vancouver Island - still without a van. In the summer of 2012, they recorded their upcoming release, "From Birth To Bad Grades (Every Day, The Same Dream)": nine honest, heartfelt songs about their journey so far. The album dropped in January of 2013, with two music video for their singles "Tama Hills" and "Every Day, The Same Dream".
Sharks hopes to tour extensively in 2013 and record a follow-up EP featuring some of their old tracks, rewritten and re-recorded.
Band MembersSheldon Stenning - Vocals, Synth
Dan Hum - Vocals, Guitar
Evan Follweiter - Bass
Bryan Michael - Drums, Backup Vocals