PRICK AND DING #55:SHARKS TOOK THE REST

Sharks Took The Rest
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-SHARKS TOOK THE REST

Sharks Took The Rest are an alternative Pop band from Newcastle.

I first came across them when they kindly agreed to appear on HOME Vol.3 a free compilation of wonderful under the radar artists compiled by me & Tom Robinson.

Their beautiful track ”Restaurant’ (below) opened the album & is the living embodiment of what I describe as the warm & toasty melodic sound which I so favour.

sharks took the rest
I hadn’t heard lots more from them until they released their cracking new album  “Too Late For Logic” earlier this year which saw them continue their assault on our senses in the most delightful way with more of their blissful chamber pop music.

Who’s in the band you say? Of course,how rude of me,well the band comprises Beccy Owen (vocalist), Adam Sinclair (Drums/BV’s), Adam Kent (keyboards / Electronica) and Ian Paterson (Double Bass / Electric
Bass).


Singer Beccy Owen voice has a tone quality similar to the very special Judie Tzuke and thats got to be a great thing right? The musicianship of the band is very much top drawer too.

Recently, the band’s most notable live performances have included a live session for BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends, as well as playing to packed out crowds at Glastonbury Festival (BBC Introducing Stage), Solfest and Celtic Connections.

You can catch them live at The Cumberland Reel on 7th July,we wholeheartedly recommend checking this band out.

Something a little different,something a little special,this is Sharks Took The Rest & Prick and Ding 55.

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1. What are you up to at the moment?
We’re busy getting as many gigs in the diary as we can, having just released and done one tour with our debut album Too Late For Logic. I’m also in the middle of making my fourth solo album, so it’s both a very tiring and energising time for us at the moment.  We’re also writing the next record, which we’ve almost finished, so momentum is with us!

2. Favourite childhood memory?
Probably surfing with my brother and friends on Borth Beach near Aberystwyth. I say ‘surfing’, but we had polystyrene boards that routinely snapped – there are some pretty big swells over there, particularly for a pair of skinny ribbed pre-pubescents. We’d go whatever the weather. The rainier the better. I still love the wind and the rain.

3. Hero?
I don’t believe in heroes, and I don’t believe in villains. But I’ll humour you…Musical – Bjork. Old school – Harriet Tubman. Spiritual – Henri Nouwen. Personal – my friend Sean Sarma who is a surgeon and all-round-courage-machine. He once explained what a bruise is to me using The Bourne Identity as a metaphor. He should probably be in charge of everything.

4. Villain?
On reflection, my usual answer died very recently. In truth, it depends on the day. Some days, in my head, it’s me! Some days it’s the broken machine we’ve built ourselves, i.e. government. Not a fan of arbitrary hierarchy. Prefer a meritocracy based on peace and joy. Spencer from Made In Chelsea is a nefarious bastard.

5. What/who makes you laugh?
Silly dancing. ‘Ironic’ jazz. Hipsters. My dog.

6. Describe what you do?
We’re a band. We rehearse, write, record, book tours. We’re tight friends who do our best to stay engaged with each other and with the shared labour at hand. We’re under no illusion about the work involved and the world at large. Some of it’s boring and some of it’s overwhelming and disheartening and some of it’s amazing and the best fun in the world. We make music that speaks of both the bigger struggles and the tiny moments all at once, and we always try to make it as beautiful and interesting to us as possible. We’ve been proud and we’ve been shy in the past, but we’re trying to do as many gigs as possible and get over these hurdles. It’s a daily practice.

7. Who’s hair would you like to have for just one day?
Dom Zilla. He’s the Producer and co-writer for Lulu James and an old mate of ours. He has the hugest afro. It might be bigger that Seb’s from Polar Bear. Mind you, it might be fun to be completely bald though, too. Just for a day

8. Best musical experience to date?
The recent tour we did. I wanted it to go on forever. Four shows. No more, no less. A curious amount really, given that it takes one or two to get your shoulders to relax. Every gig has been entirely different and memorable for wildly contrasting reasons. This means that each of the four dates are now embossed upon our collective memories. And we had a great laugh. Nothing beats making music with your besties.

9. What artist inspires you?

Barbara Hepworth. amazing Sculpturess with an indefatiguable work ethic. Yorkshire lass, too. She achieved  worldwide success at a time when it was very unusual for a woman to be a sculptor. And she had a great face.

10. What does Fresh On The Net mean to you?
A kick in the goolies to fat-cat mediocrity. Unbridled enthusiasm for all kinds of new music and artists. A joy globule of innovation, connection and listening.

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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