Wednesday, February 28, 2018

DAY 2685 - Explo - Amazonica 1

Painting by Hernan Paravic

Review : Hecho en Brooklyn


After listening to Hecho en Brooklyn, you may feel that all other music is missing guiro.  Speedy Latin drums seem to be a perfect match for hardcore punk licks. The infectious scratch now seems absent from classic songs by Motorhead or the Clash. 

The group appeals to a variety of audiences as they blend heavy metal, Latin dance, and independent genres.  Their work stands on the shoulders of genres from the past without belonging to any.  The band makes international music from an older generation accessible and more palatable to another, while creating something entirely new.  Each member brings a unique voice to the group creating an unparalleled line up. 

Leopoldo de la Cruz glues disparate ideas together with his solid and foundational bass lines.  The agile bass in merengue goes well with the aggressive tempo of punk and metal.  Oscar Chulex provides a contemporary voice for the band.  Chulex succeeds in taking on the challenge of blending eclectic styles while singing in bi-lingual tunes in an experimental genre. 

Their tracks are filled with classic Carlos Santana style guitar progressions that are complex and tell a story.  Hecho’s song La Tuerca is great to see live and their recording is clean while capturing the energy of their performances.  A catchy, airy lead guitar builds over the gritty harmony.  El Can, boasts a progressive, echoey synth that hovers over the upstroke guitar rhythm.  This element clarifies the competing styles and gives the track a lot of depth.  

At the end of the day Hecho provides great high energy rock and roll.  If you live near Brooklyn, New York, consider yourself lucky and go see a show.  If not, check them out online on SoundCloud and YouTube

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

DAY 2678 - Sólo es un Sueño 16

Drawing by Anna Christina Frischknecht

Review : Away we go

Review : Away we go

Evan Hobart creates edgy political sculptures.  His works depict over-industrialized factories and cities attached in a leach-like manner to ancient bones. The use of skulls from prehistoric times show a direct connection to fossil fuels.  They function also as a symbol of death.

The biological forms resemble the mechanical similar to a H.R. Giger.  “Away we go” strongly exposes this symbiotic relation.  The craftsmanship is unique, sleekly combining ceramic and other mixed sculpture medias into one succinct form. The teeth on “Frackasaurus” stand out with a transparent glassiness in contrast to the adjacent matte bones and construction. 

Hobart’s work is darkly fun with a heavy dose of social commentary. Follow his work on his website, and here on SharksEatMeat. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Review : Trevor Hawkins

Review : Trevor Hawkins

If you could describe Trevor Hawkins in one word It would be: Adventure.  His lens always finds a fun, colorfully carefree way to enliven his subjects.  Trevor’s film and photography work include documentary, sports, travel, commercial, and entertainment.  

Trevor is the original founder of SharksEatMeat.  In 2010 he tirelessly collaborated with visual artists and built a strong online audience for emerging artists.   After establishing a community around the daily site he moved on to different projects including his own film production company - Mammoth Media. 

Trevor’s work with Mammoth produced fantastic travel photos and film.  Some of his most striking photographs are from his travels to the American Northwest, Latin America and Rwanda. Trevor uses color like a painter.  He treats light like an impressionist.  Rose golds, sparkling bright oranges and deep blues remind you of parties on a summer evening. His photos are never dull.  Trevor’s time with Mammoth Media has led to quality work with large clients like Heartland Bowhunter and Boulevard Brewing. 

Trevor’s recent film Lotawanna explores themes of living in a small-town lake community and dreaming of something more - something intangible. 

Follow Trevor Hawkins amazing work at and here or SharksEatMeat


DAY 2671 - Journey

Artwork by Morris Vogel

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Review : Tiny Escalators

Review : Tiny Escalators

Tiny Escalators is a folk band in Kansas City, Missouri.  They have performed and recorded as a trio since they formed in a basement in 2015.  The band has a style like Neil Young and the Moldy Peaches.  A blend of soft acoustic indie with Latin drums that move the songs along: rolling like a dog scurrying across a wood floor.  

Band leader Nash High writes, sings and plays guitar, accordion and harmonica for the group.  Percussionist Mark Coulter performs on a homemade drum kit for Tiny Escalators.  Singer, violinist and marimba player Melinda Lavenau adds a great depth to the group, creating complex harmonies with vocalist Nash and providing moving melodies on violin and glockenspiel. 

Front man Nash works on interesting side projects including solo electronic music under his own name Nash and another shoegazing style project under the name Bran.  He also created a random music creator called the Voodoo Music Generator.  His other musical offshoots often contain his unique story-telling and narrative style vocals, with different, less acoustic instrumentation and compositions.  Drummer Mark Coulter also performs in other bands, including New York psychedelic cumbia band Los Coulters. 

Their recent album “Tiny Apartment Recordings” is available online, and features 14 strange tracks about ghosts, trains and telephones.  Songs like “Our Potions” and “We As All Things Grow” have a hauntingly smooth country rock tone, that makes you want to enjoy fresh air and relax.  The group has gathered a following with regular shows at personal venues such as libraries, coffee shops, and house parties, but they don’t shy away from bars, clubs, and festivals either.   Find out more about the talented group at the links below. 

DAY 2664 - Dark Shark Taco Truck

Painted Truck by Kevin Bongang