Les Inrocks - Molecule

Le précédent, Sharko III, n’était donc qu’une ébauche. Les premières marches vers, peut-être, quelques riches sommets. Car il n’y a finalement pas grand-chose à voir entre Sharko III et Molecule, entre un grand petit album de pop tordue et un album de grande pop pour les masses. A l’évidence, à l’oreille, caressée dans le sens du tympan par les replis moelleux de la grosse production de Dimitri Tikovoi, par des guitares rondelettes et des rythmes au goût du jour, Molecule est un disque fait pour les radios – du Japon à l’Angleterre, de la Californie à la Suède.

Mais Molecule est aussi un album d’illusionnistes : les Belges n’ont pas perdu, dans leur métamorphose, leur petite grâce pour les mécanismes pervers. Caméléon ou éponge, les deux à la fois sans doute, le groupe peut en trichant un peu se faire passer pour Coldplay, Police (une ressemblance parfois troublante, parfois gênante), Archive ou Placebo. Mais il conserve des échardes dans la langue, des épines dans les doigts, des gnons à la tête. Et la tête dans les nuages ; des nuages plutôt chargés, plutôt sombres, David Bartholomé ayant apparemment passé quelque temps à 20 000 lieues sous la sérotonine. C’est le syndrome Flaming Lips, sans doute l’influence la plus évidente de Molecule, notamment par la voix tout en étranglements de Bartholomé : faire passer les tsunamis à l’âme en y déversant tous les colorants possibles, du bleu électrisant (Trip, l’excellente No More I Give up ou Rock 1) aux gros bleus au moral (la très belle I Need Someone).

les Inrockuptibles - Thomas Burgel
22 - 03 - 2007

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Indie rock-pop from Belgium with great songs.

Stadium chants ("Excellent", "Spotlite"), phony storytelling ("Rip off a phone call"), epic hit-single ("I went down"), one clean uppercut ("Motels"), witty funny titles ("Bootleg of AC/DC"), moody retro stuff ("Love is a bug"), cartoonish tunes ("Clash P"), intense songwriting ("President"), power emo rock ("Sweet protection"), tear-jerking melodies ("I need someone") and many more.

"Meeuws2 isn't the life and soul of the party, but the guy sitting in the corner with a wry smile and a nice line in dry put-downs. Amiable Belgian's UK debut." 7/10 NME April 2003

David Bartholomé: vocals, bass, guitars, keyboards

Teuk Henri: guitars

Julien Paschal: drums

1999: "FEUDED" - the first album is released in Belgium.

A "one-man-band" then, Bartholomé plays almost all instruments and gets help from engineer Rudy Coclet to produce most of his songs. "Such a bone" which is included, gets noticed much due to its weird sexy lyrics.

The album is also released in Netherlands and France to positive reviews all over.

2000: Single "Wake up" released in January. With the help of guitar player Teuk Henri, Sharko tours as much as they possibly can. Supporting Paul Weller and Muse in France, Netherlands and Belgium, the two men develop a growing live reputation based on bizarre humorous performances by Bartholomé shrouded with wild guitar sounds by Teuk.

2001: "MEEUWS2" - the second album released in march in Belgium, France and Netherlands. Produced by U.S. producer Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes - whose reputation grows in the U.S.), "MEEUWS2" gets wild reviews. Built around Teuk's guitar playing and intense songwriting by Bartholomé, it includes crowd favorites such as "Bootleg of AC/DC", "Clash P" and "Queen is coming".

Video "I went down" gets airplays on MCM, MTV and other local music stations.

Single "Minute" is released in France and catches airplays.

Feeling it's time to get stronger on stage, Julien Paschal joins on drums.

A tour of more than 75 concerts is scheduled.

2003: "MEEUWS2" released in Switzerland, Italy, Greece and Canada.

In the springtime, "MEEUWS2" also gets a release in the U.K. and receives more than warm reviews from the press (The “NME” rates it to a fine 7/10, “The Independent” raises up to an 8/10).

Sharko then tours in july with English band Black Nielson thoughout England and Scotland. The tour ends at the Metro club in London (regarded as "concert-of-the-week" for “Time Out” magazine). During that tour, UK magazine “The Face” notices "that crazy promising belgian band" and writes an article.

"Meeuws2 isn't the life and soul of the party, but the guy sitting in the corner with a wry smile and a nice line in dry put-downs. Amiable Belgian's UK debut."

NME April 2003

2004: "III", Sharko's third album is out in Benelux and France.

This new album reveals a much more mature songwriting.

Mixed by Ben Findlay (Peter Gabriel), it includes epic songwriting ("President"), phony storytelling ("Rip off a phone call"), funny songs “à la Prince-Beck” (“Luv Mix”), intense alienation (“Bath”), lynchian colours (“Car Was”) and crowd sing-alongs such as “Excellent”.

Lucent single "Spotlite" is released and gets heavy radio airplays in France.

A massive tour is scheduled.

2006: After a one-year hiatus, Sharko returns. Having dealt with a severe breakdown, Bartholomé comes back reluctantly with uncertain feelings.

Sensing an urgency to reach a new (if not higher) level, Sharko contacts and convinces London-based producer Dimitri Tikovoi (Placebo, Goldfrapp, The Horrors) to take control. Songs are heavy and dark, expressing issues Bartholomé no longer wants to hide, Tikovoi pushes them even further.

He dares the band to love the idea of vertigo before guiding them towards breath-taking heights.

2007: Brutal, profound, moody, but definitely sincere, fourth album "MOLECULE" is released in Belgium in january.

Single "Motels" is embraced by radios all over their home-country.

Praising the strong production and the straighter songwriting, "MOLECULE" gets wild reviews from convinced critics.

After having sold out the mythical "Ancienne Belgique" in Brussels, they embark on a massive tour to promote the album.

March 2007 sees the release of "MOLECULE" in France and Switzerland.

Soon followed by Australia and New Zealand in may 2007.


Sharko Journal 2003-2009

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Ceci n'est pas un CD, c'est un livre! David Bartholomé est l'auteur-compositeur-interprète derrière le groupe Sharko. Il tient sur le site officiel du groupe, un journal en ligne depuis 2001.
Tour à tour cynique, honnête, aigre, enthousiaste, hypocondriaque, anxieux, il nous livre ici le peu de matière grise qui lui reste. Sans complexe, déjouant les formules consacrées, malmenant la grammaire, dévoilant avec une honnêteté désarmante les aléas du métier, David Bartholomé a su le coeur de ses lecteurs gagner.
Edition: Bandy Bandy 2009.

You can also buy it directly from the shop on sharko.be.

Sharko Journal 2003-2009
Sharko Journal 2003-2009
Rise Up
Rise Up
Dance On The Beast
Dance On The Beast
Sharko's Dance on the Beast
Sharko's Dance on the Beast

"Rise Up" is Sharko's new single from the album "Dance on the Beast" recorded in London and Brussels + produced by Dimitri Tikovoi (Placebo, Goldfrapp, Archive,...).
Benelux Release = April 20, France Release = June 1st.

Win 5X2 duotickets for Sharko @ Vooruit, Gent, March 31.

Other Belgian livedates: May 1st Pacrock, May 13th Nuits Botanique.

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Focus on Sharko
Focus on Sharko

Sharko is played in NYC last month, read everything about it, the salty bretzels and some more in this week's Focus Vif...

I just call to say I love NYC

I Love Sharko Live
I Love Sharko Live

Sharko will be on the road again touring the US pretty soon...

sharko livedates

Dig Up Sharko
Dig Up Sharko

Are we in France or are we in Belgium ?

Well, as a hint, I see a bottle of Ricard (F) in the background but when I look closer, I also see a bottle of Spa (B)... some of these guys definitely look French but at the same time, I can feel a Belgian vibe coming from these 10 people (yes,10, you can count them)...

Anyway who cares, as long as Sharko and Dig Up Elvis had a great time playing and mixing everything together last week.


Dig It Up!
Dig It Up!

2 GREATshows coming VERY soon:

November 23rd


Venue: LE LIDO, rue albin body 3, 4900 spa

Phone: 087/77.32.87

Website : lidospa.be

Tickets : Fnac, Caroline Music, Office du Tourisme de Spa


November 24th



Venue: LE CAFE CENTRAL, 14 rue BORGVAL, 1000 Bruxelles

website: lecafecentral.com

tickets: lecafecentral.com

Bring a shovel and rubber boots just in case.

Sharko? yes, you can !
Sharko? yes, you can !

Sharko??? yes you can!
Yes you can hear them in the OST of "Le Coeur des Hommes" (more than one million tickets sold already, yes indeed!)
Yes you can enjoy them live in Spa (Belgium) with the mighty Dig Up Elvis (=Julien Doré's band)
Yes you can tell all your friends that Cali once attended Sharko's soundcheck in Perpignan
Yes you can pretend that you already know that Sharko won not just one but two "Octaves de la musique" in 2007
Yes you can trash your bedroom while listening to wagram's compilation "100 tubes ROCK!" because Sharko's single "excellent" is on it
...and yes, yes, of course you can see them live too in Toronto, Montreal and New York between March the 5th ->12th !!!
...I told you that you could buddy...

Sharko featuring...
Sharko featuring...

...Julien Doré! Check this exclusive video provided by Mint... sooo SPECIAL.
Oh, and by the way, don't even think about going to Sharko's show next friday @ Eden (Charleroi) because the 700 tickets have already been sold...

This is Radio !