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Interview with Chris Rigdon of Shark Week

March 21, 2011

Shark Week rules. No, not the Discovery Channel event (although it does rule). The band Shark Week. I recently had a chance to talk with mastermind Chris Rigdon about Shark Week and a bunch of other rad stuff. Torso is the bold type.

I’m just gonna ask you a bunch of question and parse the ones that you look totally arrogant, ok?

hahaha, perfect. you shouldn’t have to do much parsing.


fire away

So tell me a little about Shark Week? Who’s in it? How did it start?

Shark Week is basically just me. I write all the songs and play all the instruments. The only exception is on ‘Beach Party,’ where Beth does some backing vocals.

It started just for fun. All the tracking is done in my apartment.

What’s inspiring you as of late?

I like the chill-wave movement, but i don’t know how much of an influence that is on what I’m doing now. I like the So Cal stuff. Wavves, Ty Segall, etc. The whole lo-fi thing. I like lo-fi recordings. People tend to dismiss them offhand because of the production, but I think it can add a lot of charm.

Me too, it such a breath of fresh air from the over produced shit of the early 00’s

Yeah, even a lot of ‘indie rock’ nowadays is overproduced. Arcade Fire, for example

Do you like Arcade Fire, though?

Yeah, I do. I was shocked when they won that Grammy. I thought for sure they’d give it to Steely Dan. jk lol OMG!

Haha, I can get down with a little Steely Dan myself. But I agree with you.  It seems like “Indie Rock” is such a blanket term these day it doesn’t mean anything.

It’s completely meaningless. How does an ‘indie’ band win the Grammy for best album? I mean, c’mon. And the overproduction is just a product of the digital revolution. Bands now are being turned loose to produce their on records on a laptop. It’s really hard to edit yourself, ya know? It’s hard not to throw the whole kitchen sink in there and declare it a masterpiece.

I know I’ve done it. We were both totally into a little bit of over production, I think. The only difference was that you actually got things done (in previous bands, The Tits and Hypnic Jerk).

Hahaha. I’m not sure how. I used to smoke weed connstantly back then.

Is there any sort of music scene going on in Pulaski, TN?

No. Not at all. It’s the birthplace of the KKK, actually. So there’s a lot of “culture and heritage” [winks], but no music scene. It’s close to Nashville, though, so I try to get up there as often as possible.

Who are your top 3 nashville artists and top 3 non-nashville artists?

Hmm…Nashville:1) Caitlin Rose. She’s fantastic. Her voice, her lyrics… I don’t know if you’ve ever seen her live, but… she’s spellbinding.

I’ve heard a little but I’ll check out more stuff.

2) The Features. These guys should be bigger than Kings of Leon. They’re just a great power pop band.

3) Turbo Fruits. I have to be a fan, because otherwise I might get bitter. Hahaha. (The Tits and Turbo Fruits shared a rhythm section before the break up of The Tits -ed.)

That’s a positive outlook. I do that with a lot of things in life. Ok, Top 3 national artisits.

Like, current artists?


Lady Gaga (before she decided to be Madonna), The Walkmen, and Wavves. That kid from Wavves is such a little brat. I love it.

Yeah he is. Good though. So what’s the future like for Shark Week?

I’ve got a track that I’ve been putting off (because I’m lazy) that’s mostly finished called IDK U BUT I H8 U. I just need to put some vocals on it. And then there are two more songs that need completion. I’ll release it as an EP soon, probably in April.

Thats all I Have for now. Thanks for talking with me.

Thanks, Rob.

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