PRICK & DING #12: WEIRD SHAPES

Each week Fresh On The Net invites an artist or band to answer a short series of questions in Prick & Ding: the two and a half minute interview. It's convenient and quick - like enjoying a tasty microwave meal!
THIS WEEK: WEIRD SHAPES
Weird Shapes are a 5 piece indie rock band from Stockton-on-Tees. A great band that have featured on these very pages through their fine songs & have been championed by no less than the Fresh On The Net head honcho Tom Robinson
Don’t take your eye off this band for a minute, they are on a upward trajectory that will likely end up with them doing gigs on the moon sometime soon (husband to wife -“what’s that weird shape on the moon love?” , wife to husband “its Weird Shapes” ,husband to wife “have you been on the babycham again,i just chuffing well asked you that?”,wife to husband ” no sweetie cakes,its Weird Shapes-the band,they are doing a gig on the moon”, husband to wife “Oh,do they do any songs by Wu-Tang Clan,I do like Wu-Tang Clan,always cheers me up”,wife to husband “no,love of my life,they only do original songs about blue skies at night & clouds ‘n stuff like that”,husband to wife “eh? what? well I’m bloody well off to bed then,tell ’em to keep it down will ya love”,wife to husband “yeah”)

Weird Shapes recently played the BBC Introducing stage at T in the Park to a very appreciative audience(see video above). They make songs that make me feel better about the day thats been,glad about the night to come and hopeful for the distance day yet to land. You can find their wonderful music at various online service points:

WebsiteFacebookYoutube, + free Downloads via their Soundcloud page.

Help me to Land by WeirdShapes

Look Up! Its Weird Shapes,a great band doing exactly what we like to see them doing-very well:-)).

1. What are you up to at the moment?
I was busy lamenting the fact that I don’t have enough money to upgrade our studio to a Pro Tools HD system. I decided to take a brake from my audio obsession to write this interview. I walked into our office, cued up the doors l’America on my iPod, and was suddenly struck by the realisation that this album was probably recorded with nothing more than a ball of string and a toaster. There’s a lesson in this somewhere, buy Breville perhaps?

So in short; having an epiphany moment while Jim Morrison spouts off about magic beans.

2. Favourite childhood memory?
Me and my brother Mike (synth player in Weird Shapes) used to spend a lot of time looking at our dads Roxy Music album covers when we were really young. I’m not sure at 9 and 8 years old we were really qualified to understand what it was we were looking at, it just felt rude. It took me another 5 years until I ever listened to their music as I was convinced it was going to sound like an hour of sex noise.

3. Hero?
David Bowie in Labyrinth. Its the tight pants.

4. Villain?
Angela Merkel. Just let us spend our way into oblivion for Gods sake.

5. What/who makes you laugh?
I don’t know whether its because they’re from Teesside but Vic & Bob. I spend an inappropriate amount of time watching their sketches on Youtube. D.I Fowler in Catterick is possibly my favourite character. It’s the cheeks, the accent, the Beatles wig, the glasses. There’s something about staring into his face from the other side of my laptop that makes the world that little bit more sane. (Also anything  Chris Morris is involved in).

6. Describe what you do?
Weird Shapes are 5 musicians with a wide range of influences. We’re lucky enough to own a studio which we work in laboriously at every opportunity. I think our only unifying interest in music is Radiohead which is why its kind of cool to work with Graeme (who’s engineered a lot of their albums). I keep reading articles about how Guitar music is dead, I strongly disagree with this sentiment. We and plenty of others strive to do interesting things in this genre.

So I’d love to say what we’re doing is plotting to over throw the current evil pop hegemony that rules the airwaves with its tyrinical JLS shaped fist, but in reality we’re just a load blokes mucking about in an industrial unit.

7. Who’s hair would you like to have for just one day?

A Little bit topical, but it would have to be Wayne Roonies. His hair looks like it has its own little personality, like the follicle equivalent of Thing from the Adams Family. I’d refer to Roonies bonnet as ‘That’ and our day would involve all sorts of capers:There would be an interesting moment in the mornig, when, while I’m in the bank talking to the clerk, ‘That’ will crawl behind the counter and come back with a wad of 20 pound notes. “The little tinker!” There would be an hilarious situation mid afternoon when ‘That’ attaches him self to my next door neighbours Whippet and pretends to be Gail Platt. Then there would be an awkward encounter late on in the night, when, after a few cans of kestrel super strength, ‘That’ would make an inappropriate lunge toward my privates which I would kindly rebuff.

8. Best musical experience to date
Watching Bowie at Glastonbury in 2000. It was the first time me and Ben (guitarist in Weird Shapes) had ever been to a proper festival. We stole over the fence and Glastonbury stole our hearts and minds for ever.

9. What artist inspires you?
Bjork. Always pushing boundaries, mad as a box of Ban Ki-moons and a good singer to boot.

10. What does Fresh On The Net mean to you?
It’s massively important to us and any other emerging band in the UK. I’ve met Tom a few times and he’s genuinely passionate about new music and knows a hell of a lot about the various different regional scenes. We’ve also just bagged a slot at T in the Park on the BBC Introducing Stage as a result of Fresh On The Net so we owe you big!

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Johnno Casson

Johnno Casson is a London-born/Colchester-based singer, musician, songwriter and show-off. He also compiles and releases compilations and is a serial supporter of new music. Johnno releases his own music as Snippet ,Old Tramp and also under his own name Johnno Casson.. As far as we know he was the most-played artist ever on Tom’s legendary late night Fresh On The Net radio shows on 6 Music – having been featured no less than 18 times and appearing as an interview guest. You can also find Johnno on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube

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