La Shark at Offset.
After watching them go off at Offset; climbing poles clad in boiler-suits, yelping and dancing, I had a chat with Nick and Samuel from La Shark. Also Sami came over for the photo (he’s the one in the middle).
So how was it?
Nick: I think it was quite an excellent show – eggcellent. Yeah, I really enjoyed myself and I hope the audience at home did too.
Samuel: There were no cameras man.
Nick: Oh yeah.
Samuel: No we thought it was really good, really enjoyed ourselves.
Apparently you were the one band that White Heat warned the stage manager about.
Nick: We’ve got a bit of a bad rep going.
Samuel: I was actually really disappointed with myself for not being able to climb that wooden pole. I used to be a gymnast, in my day I was a good climber but I tried to climb that wooden thing and it was fucking slippery, I slid down it.
Nick: We’re actually all excellent gymnasts, that’s where we met.
Samuel: Climbers yeah, we met in the gymnasium.
Nick: You were working on your calves.
Samuel: Yeah man, you’re looking at it right here – Team GB.
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What happened to your Olympic bid?
Nick: Well yeah, I broke my leg. Samuel had a groin strain.
Samuel: Ah yes, the groin strain.
Nick: Yeah Samuel’s groin exploded, and well, the other guys are just alcoholics so it’s never gonna happen.
What else are you guys doing while you’re here – watching any bands?
Nick: Yeah, we’re gonna get changed, then we’re gonna watch fiction straightaway – and hopefully they’re not going to ask us to get up on stage with them like we did just now.
Samuel: Yeah it was awkward wasn’t it. They liked it though – they enjoyed it in the end. It’s like getting little kids to do maths; they don’t want to do it at first, but once they start getting the hang of it they love it, they love the maths.
And what’s the plan after this, do you have some more shows booked?
Nick: We’re going to Brazil for six weeks baby. Oh no actually, more exciting than that; we’re going to Italy to play the Goblin Ball, and the director of Labyrinth is gonna be there, the art director.
Samuel: No no no man, the costume designer.
Nick: No, what’s his name? It’s Chris Browd, the guy who designs all the characters and shit for the Labyrinth, the dark crystal.
Samuel: We’ve got one guest list each so I’m trying to pick my best friend. Actually more of a combination of my best friend and the person who likes goblins the most.
Nick: So yeah we’re of to Brazil for a bit in October touring, it’s gonna be really cool.
What about recording?
Nick: Yeah we’ve got some studio time booked.
Samuel: We’ve been compiling some bangers – some of it would put Ashanti to shame.