If You Wanna Swim With the Sharks...
- The debut album from Portland songsmith Jared Mees is as much a linguistic journey as it is a sonic one. Fall into these splendid narratives about hard times, long nights, half-full drinks and half-alive friends. "If you wanna swim with the sharks...you gotta concentrate," was uttered to Mees by a homeless passerby one hot summer night in Hollywood. These words lived on to inspire 12 poetic rockers, and we reap the benefits.
1. Suicide Squeeze
2. Him Her You Me
4. Cockleburs & Hay
5. Moonlight & Timing
6. Panama Anthem
7. Live Friction
8. Sodom & Glendora
9. Working & Drinking
10. The Strange Demise of Jerome Noble
11. It’s In the Way (Come Clean)
12. Julai Throwback
Jared Mees and the Grown ChildrenConstant lineup changes and infrequent rehearsals would cause many bands to suffer, but they’ve become the lifeblood of Jared Mees & The Grown Children, giving the group’s live shows a devil-may-care energy and keeping the songs honest and raw. The band’s first incarnation was born on a Panamanian Island, where Mees, his wife Brianne—the co-founders of Tender Loving Empire—and two friends wrote the bulk of the songs that would eventually become If You Wanna Swim With The Sharks. After recording Sharks in L.A. with Brianne’s father, Bill Forbes, the couple moved to Portland, Oregon, and launched the fledgling Tender Loving Empire empire. Many more Grown Children incarnations would follow, each contributing to the full of the sprawling epic soundscapes and lucid lyrical imagery that Jared Mees & The Grown Children have come to be known for.