Today’s featured band on the Elba Annual are Glasgow’s self proclamed finest hillbilly rockers, Cuddly Shark. After the release of their eponymous debut album in November (Elba review here), things have gone rather well for the two guys, one girl band. A slew of fine reviews for the album has been backed up by being named album of the month on Vic Galloway’s Radio 1 Session in Scotland. They are also doing a live session this week on Vic’s Radio Scotland show, not to be missed. Colin, Jason and Ruth took some time out to tell us what made their year…
Album of The Year
Colin: Super Furry Animals – Dark Days/Light Years
Ruth: Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz
Jason: Future Of The Left’s Travels With Myself And Others. Didnt do that much for me to begin with but found i’ve been playing the heck out of it recently! We call that a grower in the industry. Waiting with bated breath for a shotty of the new Heavy Trash LP fae Scott Maple!
Favourite New Band
Colin: Super Adventure Club
Ruth: Has to be Super Adventure Club, if we were good, we would be Super Adventure Club!
Jason: We recently played with Sleepy Vole in Edinburgh. Really enjoyed his Lo-Fi distorted carry on.
Best Gig (Cuddly Shark)
Colin: Aberdeen, Moorings, Nov 09
Ruth: We played the Moorings in Aberdeen last month which was pretty crazy. A guitar string went through my plimmy into my foot just before we started, so hitting my tuning pedal was fun! Moorings is always good for a bit of old rocker slamming action!
Jason: had a few fun ones this year but guess it would be the album launch at Captains Rest. It was ace to have it finally out and was a fun night.
Best Gig (Other)
Colin: Faith No More, Peace & Love Festival, Sweden
Ruth: Breeders, king tuts, May. The fact that Kim Deal now looks like an over weight R.E teacher, and Kelley had coloured spots on her fiddle to remind her where to put her fingers only added to the brilliance of the night!
Jason: Faith No More at The Corn Exchange on the 25th of August. Was amazing!
Best Memories of 2009
Colin: Releasing our debut album. Watching Faith No More with my fellow Swedes
Ruth: Finally pawing the completed cuddly album! It was 19 months in the making, we could have knocked up ten new chicken runs in that time!
Jason: Releasing two albums this year (Shark’s debut and Le Reno Amps Tear It Open). It’s been a mental busy year. But roll on mental 2010!
Hopes for 2010/Things You’re Looking Forward To
Colin: Touring the album and playing places i’ve never been to before.
Ruth: Well, Im off to fry my ginger skin in St Lucia next month…Then its busy busy spreading the joyous shark message across our fair land!
Jason: A busy mental 2010!
Cuddly Shark do a live session for Vic Galloway this evening on Radio Scotland from 8pm. Their album is out now on Armellodie and can be purchased from the Armellodie Record Store, from all your usual download providers and from Avalanche Glasgow.
They will be embarking on a tour early next year and all the dates can be found on their myspace page here…