Interview

Sharkbait – INTERVIEW – Better Late Than Never

Friday is a great day for new music and today we have a treat for you as well! Today the five piece Pop punk band from Yorkshire Sharkbait release their brand new track Better Late Than Never. The track is about living for the weekend and not being resigned to a 9 to 5 life. I spoke to the band to find out all about it!


Hello Shark Bait tell us three unknown facts about yourself? 

1. Without a doubt we eat more pizza than any other band not even because its pop punk, but because its delicious. 

2. 4/5s vegan/vegetarian 

3. Max knows Kung Fu! 

How did you get into music? 

Ash: As long as i can remember i’ve been in love with music. But the point when i knew i wanted to do it, when i was about 14 i went to my first gig a local band called ‘The Fire Escape Routine’ it literally changed my life.  

Where do you find your inspirations?  

From just about everywhere, but listening to a killer record is always a go too  

Tell us all about your new single Better Later Then Never? 

The new single is all about being your own worst enemy but loving it all the same, it’s a song for anyone who always seems to take one step forward and two back but not stopping for anyone.  

How long did it take to write the song?  

Musically we had it done in its first form after a single session, after a couple of weeks tweaking and fine-tuning parts, we started the lyrics. We had a killer idea for the chorus hook and just worked outwards from that. 

Where does the inspiration for the song come from? 

We’re pretty good at being late, so we channeled that into something useful 

Tell us about how you have been making music in lockdown? 

It’s been a lot of computers and sending each other ideas. It’s got us all itching for a jam again! 

What is the most challenging thing when it comes to producing a record? 

Mental discipline for sure, it can be daunting being in the recording room and feeling the pressure, so keeping your cool even if you make mistakes is a tough one. We were lucky enough to record with Seb Barlow of Neck Deep for our Girls Just Wanna Have Fun cover and I think the biggest challenge then was trying not to fanboy the whole time surrounded by their tour gear!

 

How do you warm up for a show? 

Play the songs at some point that day so the first time we play isn’t on stage, once we get to the venue a couple of rum n cokes and some kind of group ‘Lets rock’ talk.   

Also let’s talk tour – will there be live shows or online shows this year? 

i wish, but who knows. with the way things are at the moment it’s hard to tell. We have some Buddie bands we’re looking to go out on the road with once the world is normal again so we’re just waiting for the green light. 

What is one of your favourite songs  to perform live?  

Ash: hands down for me it’s ‘Please Guy’ it’s a belter and my guitar riff at the start is pretty dope if i do say so myself, which i do. 

Chris: Charlie & The Waitress. It’s upbeat, heavy and a great showcase of what we’re about, always gets the crowd pumping!  

What is the toughest songs to perform live and why? 

Has to be Please Guy, the intro has tough syncopation between guitars and drums, Ash has lots of tapping to do, Chris has practically a drum solo near the end, and Nik has some really long notes and lots of energy with the vocals. It’s guaranteed to knacker us out! 

How have you been keeping creative during lockdown?  

We were lucky enough to be able to get in the studio between lockdowns in 2020 to record new music which is always a tone of fun. There’s nothing better than that feeling of hearing your songs how they were meant to sound. Other than that, we’ve been hard at it with online content such as playthrough videos, coming up with new themes (Max does all our artwork) as well as using our new green screen to give everything that Hollywood touch!  

Has it lead to lots more songs? 

Well, we have 2 new singles for release, some may call that lots. As mentioned, we’ve been busy with online content as well as all the boring advertising/spreadsheet stuff, and we can’t jam in a practice room like the good old days, but we still have the ability to bounce ideas off each other with the magic of the internet so new music is still definitely on the cards! 

Out site also is about improv – in a music sense, what have been some of your favorite improvised melodies that you have created and been able to use in songs and why? 

Our song The Drip from our first EP Bare Necessity’s was written about 75% improvised jam and 25% after polish. We have played music together in one form or another for years so we have a ‘natural jam’ or some kind of freaky sixth sense for each other’s playing styles and quirks.  

What are your plans for 2021? 

This year we’re wanting to release as many singles as we can. We have a couple in the bank ready to release and we’ll hopefully be back in the studio as soon as we’re legally allowed to. 

And finally why should people check out your music? 

The real question is, why arnt you already?! 

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