Commoditiebooking: So how long have you been playing together? How did the three of you meet?Guantanamo Baywatch: we’ve been playing with each other for maybe 3 1/2 yrs. we met thru match.com. now we dont even like each other, and just fight all the time. chris and chevelle are always putting dong and pussy hairs on each other. i just get sick in the back of the van.
Hey folks and crumblies…here’s a little Shannon and the Clams email interview for yourself! Don’t forget, they’re playing Cafe 11 this Sunday, October 23rd. All the way from Oakland CA, to rock for you!!!
NICKCOMMODITIE: What are your thoughts on your first album? Like it? Dislike it? 10-20 years from now, will it be a definitive Clams album?
Shannon Shaw: I still really like some of the songs, but Ian and Cody think its awful, recording wise. I also wasn’t brave enough to step in and give my advice on songs, recording, extra percussion like I was on sleep talk. I actually feel like I was asleep during the last record and woke up for this one. I have no clue if it will be definitive! Sleep talk is much better…
NC: What do you think Shannon and the Clams sound like? It’s always hard for me to explain your awesomeness to people that haven’t heard you before. Any tips or explanations?
SS: I call it weirdo oldies and more galore and Cody says its like heartbreaking oldies performed by muppets who were fired from the show and live in a sewer.
NC: Are there any new Shannnon and the Clams songs unrecorded? When will we see the next release?
SS: No, but we have some unreleased and some we are working on! We have a new unreleased one we have been playing about my dog that died called Ozma that is supposedly getting put on a 7″ split with Mark Sultan. We are building up material to do a 7″ for Nashville’s Dead and Volar records from San Diego, and hopefully we will write a new lp this winter!
NC: Was it flattering to be invited to Gonerfest this year? Was the band well recieved? How about Bruise Cruise someday?
SS: Wow yes so mega flattering! I still cant believe they wanted us to play and gave us a killer slot too! We did really well there I believe. Sold bun loads of merch and met a million super rad people. Maybe Bruise Cruise. Who knows?!
SS: Um I’m behind the times, so if I am off by a year or two forgiveth me; Harlem “Hippies”, Peach Kelly Pop, Human Eye, Ty Segall “Melted”, Natural Child! Boy I love them…
NC: How did the look/cover of “Sleeptalk” come about? Is the picture inside the record a homage to E.T. hiding in the closet with all those stuffed animals?
SS: Totally an E.T. homage! I dont know how we came up with that. We love Bollywood movie posters, legend the movie, fantasy creatures, Edmund Dulac illustrations, playing cards….
SS: Haha yes! But I take pics and keep them for myself. They can be a great pick me up when feeling down. I think we both have pretty big collections considering we are on the road so much and constantly using public roadside baffrooms.
NC: Did you always want to be in a band/singing/rocking
SS: Yes, but I never ever thought it was possible. Ever. All the men in my family are musicians (including an uncle who had a stint in captain beefheart) and my brothers have always got to do music in school. My mom never let me despite my years of pleading, in fact she doesnt know why to this day she didnt want me to do it. I took matters into my own hands when I was 24 and taught my damn self how to play bass and sing.
NC: What is “You Will Always Bring Me Flowers” about?
NC:You are going to play in an “oldies cover band” for Bruise Cruise this year. Any songs that are on your list to cover? What is your favorite
SS: I dont know! Apparently Bruise Cruise is planning on getting a huge list of songs from cruise patrons and we decide from their list! Power to the people! My favorote oldies song is “Cryin” by Roy Orbison, followed by “24 Sycamore” by Gene Pitney!