Wednesday, 6 February 2013

We're Only Here For The Banter - Cuddly Shark

For our banter session this week, we caught up with Colin, lead singer, from Cuddly Shark.  I'm not keen on cuddling anything which is a natural born killing machine, however, for these guys I may make an exception.  They've got their brand new album 'The Road To Ugly' out now on Armellodie Records.

Hello, how are you? 

Very well thank you just had my dinner.

It's the question everyone hates, but could you tell us a little bit about your music and your influences? 

We've been compared to a lot of bands over the years Pixies, Fugazi, PUSA, Husker Du, Minor Threat.  This album is more varied, bit o' pop, folk, country but we're still grounded in our punk roots.

What's your song writing process like? 

Usually Jason and I (Colin) will write together piecing any riffs or lyrics that we’ve previously conjured from our brains.  We’ll then try to play the new material as a band with Ruth hoping to get some input from her.  We don’t usually finish something til we’re all happy with it.  This results in a lot of scrapped songs.

What could we expect to see from a live show?

We try to make our gigs as fun as possible and as long as Jason doesn’t speak in between songs usually everyone has a good time.

If it were all to end tomorrow, what would you say has been your greatest achievement? 

I won a Blue Peter badge when I was 8.

What have you got planned for 2013?

Our album comes out on the 28th of January, so we'll be mostly promoting that through out the year, playing where anyone will have us.

What other artists (Scottish or not) would you recommend to the Scottish Fiction readers?

We're massive fans of Dundee's finest Fat Goth, they too will be releasing material this January.  Get it.

Thanks for speaking with us, would you care to share a joke with us?

Q. What did Batman say to Robin before they got in the car?
A. Get in the car.

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  1. I love that you call it a banter session rather than an interview - (which is much more boring).