don’t mention gay dad: the cuddly shark interview;
My first interview of the year is with hilarious Highlanders Cuddly Shark, whose new album The Road to Ugly is out via my pals at the consistently excellent Armellodie Records next Monday (28th). With losing a little weight at the top of my agenda this month it’s not surprising that I’ve been earworming the band’s uproariously catchy “Body Mass Index” pretty hard of late. Drummer Jason Sinclair was good enough to do the usual.
Who’s in the band, and how did you get together?
There’s Ruth (the “eye candy”) Colin (the “bit of ROUGH!”) and myself, Jason (the “looks rough”). I moved home (Elgin) for a spell a few years back and both Col and I were between bands. He heard a riff what I had wrote and liked it so we started tinkering, like a pair of tinkers do.
Three words to describe your sound…
When I get asked this question I always think of Gay Dad (I know, FML eh) and what they said in an interview being asked to describe themselves. The guy said “getting kissed by the most beautiful girl but wearing the ugliest clothes”. What a tool. God I hated Gay Dad!
3 words to describe us?…. NOT GAY DAD!
What influences you?
We usually sit with a note pad and jot down everything they say on X-factor and Britain’s Got Talent. They know everything and it’s on ITV, so it’s free industry advice from the best in the business!
What releases/shows do you have planned at the moment?
We have our new LP ‘The Road To Ugly’ coming out 28th of January and will be launching it in:
Glasgow @ Broadcast; 31st January
Oban @ Cuan Mor; 2nd February
Dundee @ Non Zeros; 9th February
Ullapool @ Ceilidh Place; 15th February
Elgin @ The Thunderton; 16th February
Aberdeen @ The Tunnels; 22nd February
And what are you listening to at the moment?
Been listening to a lot of Dan Deacon and Crybaby lately. The good shit. Always the good shit.
Cuddly Shark play Broadcast, Sauchiehall St on Thursday, 31st January. Preorder The Road to Ugly from Armellodie Records and get a free pocket mirror (“so you can pop your plooks on the move”) while stocks last.