(PCM) Sharkmuffin is about to swim into your head with their unique brand of Rock n’ Roll. Hailing from the ever prominent Brooklyn music scene, this infectious trio will prove to you instantly that they are not your average band. Just premiering their debut single “The Lake,” Sharkmuffin are gearing up for their 7-inch release, due out later this month, with B-Side, “Big.”
We were recently able to catch up with Sharkmuffin’s Tarra Thiessen to ask a few questions about the upcoming 7-inch release, the band’s creative process, the story behind the band name and more…you can read the full interview below:
Q: I am sure you are busy gearing up for the release of your 7-inch due out this month, do you have any big plans for release day?
Tarra Thiessen: Yes! Friday, March 1st we’re having a great big girls-night-out release party at our friend Cat’s loft in Bushwick. The lineup for the evening includes dream pop diva Sparxx, who just released their video for the song MOD, Girl Toy, which is an awesome new band that includes a member from The Vandelles, and our favorite trash rawkers, Mannequin Pu**y. Our friends, thee source of fawnation, who are tour from Olympia, WA are also probably going to perform. It’s free, everyone should come! The address is- 73 Granite St. Apt. 3. It should start around 9.
Q: What is the creative process like for Sharkmuffin? Who brings what to the table creatively?
Tarra Thiessen: This upcoming release is a special case when it comes to our songwriting dynamic. “The Lake” was originally a guitar riff adapted from a band I was playing in a couple years ago and when my boyfriend at the time invited his best friend and girlfriend to live with us for a few months to help them recover from a rough situation they were in back at home, I started Sharkmuffin with his best friend’s girlfriend as the lead singer. The lyrics and melody for “The Lake” were her only creative contribution to the project, which quickly fell apart after a massive melodrama of breakups and drug overdoses. In July after relocating to Williamsburg and playing with a totally new lineup for Sharkmuffin, I rewrote the lyrics to “The Lake,” but kept a couple of her original lines and reworked her melody for the new lyrics.
Our B-side was also a track that I wrote with a drummer from London I was playing with last September and was originally about Occupy Wall Street, which was rewrote to be about the Russian art-rockers Pu**y Riot. The track that ‘Big’ fades into, called ‘Straight Grease’ is the only track written entirely by this incarnation of Sharkmuffin, and is a raw representation of the future of our sound.
Q: Is there a story behind the name Sharkmuffin?
Tarra Thiessen: There is, but I think it would be more interesting to contemplate what a Sharkmuffin is. Is it just a perverted edible for the adventurous or could it be the vagina of a female shark? In the social sense, when an older woman exclusively pursues younger men, they call her a cougar, but what do you call a young woman, without any malicious financially based intentions, who only pursues older men? And no, the answer is not vulnerable and dumb…
Q: How would you best describe your music to a first time listener?
Tarra Thiessen: Female-fronted Shredwave Pop.
Q: Your song “The Lake” certainly showcases a lot of emotion, is it hard to put so much of yourself out there or can it be therapeutic in a sense?
Tarra Thiessen: The actual rewriting of the lyrics for “The Lake” was very hard since I wrote them the night after an old friend of mine, who I unfortunately had lost touch with, passed away from an overdose. It was an incredibly heartbreaking experience and inspired the track to be a message of love and support for my friend and original singer of Sharkmuffin who had struggled with similar addiction issues. For me, in general, our first release is a celebration of a very bittersweet period in my life and pays tribute to the people who have shaped my life and career thus far. The cover art is actually a portrait my exbf, James Marshall, painted of me for my birthday last year, and I told him if I ever fronted my own band I would make that the cover.
Q: What types of touring do you have planned for 2013?
Tarra Thiessen: We are touring down & back from SXSW in TX, hitting cities in NJ, TN, NC, VA, & PA. We also want to do a couple short tours this summer, maybe one in the UK.
Q: Was there a pivotal music moment that occurred in your life that made you want to pursue music for a career?
Tarra Thiessen: I was in a car accident on Valentine’s Day when I was 17 and I broke my right hand. I was so unnecessarily paranoid that I would never be able to play guitar again that I vowed if it healed normally and I could still play that that was all I wanted and was going to do.
Q: If you could create your dream music festival line-up, who would be included on the bill?
Tarra Thiessen: Led Zeppelin & the original lineup of Hole.
Q: Personally, I look at music as a universal language that we can all speak and understand even if we take different messages away. Is there anything in particular that you hope your music will say to listeners?
Tarra Thiessen: Enjoy everything and have as much fun as possible. Believe in sex, drugs, rock n’ roll & yolo, behbe.
Q: In what ways has the rise of social media been a tool for Sharkmuffin? What is the best way for us to keep up-to-date with the band?
Tarra Thiessen: Well, we still have less than 100 followers on twitter. So at this point, just text me and I’ll personally update you.
Be sure to keep up with Sharkmuffin on the road at the following tour stops:
3/2 @ Neapolitan Oasis, 7″ release party
3/7 @ Alphabet Lounge (East Village Music Fest)
3/8 @ Neapolitan Oasis tour kick off show
3/9 @ Newtown Radio 2-4PM
3/9 @ The Kunt House, New Brunswick, NJ
3/10 @ The End, Nashville, Tn
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