Shark Drive

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Who are your band mem­bers and who plays what?

We’ve got Robert on gui­tar and vo­cals, Michael on bass gui­tar, Joseph on key­boards and vo­cals, and Matthew on the drums.

How would you de­scribe your sound?

We usu­ally de­scribe the mu­sic we make as a mix of pop-punk, al­ter­na­tive rock and new wave. If you can imag­ine a hy­brid of Re­gur­gi­ta­tor, Blink 182 and Devo, that’s what we sound like.

How long have you all been play­ing for?

We’ve been play­ing as a band for about four years, but in­di­vid­u­ally we’ve been play­ing mu­sic for around eight years. We had got­ten that video game Rock Band for Christ­mas one year, and through play­ing that, we got in­spired to learn and play real in­stru­ments. We started go­ing to a place called Stars and Idols, who did group mu­sic lessons to get their stu­dents used to play­ing as a band.

How did Shark Drive start?

Jim Dowl­ing of Stars and Idols even­tu­ally con­vinced us to play to­gether for once, and en­tered us in the Toowoomba Rock Eisteddfod. We came up with our orig­i­nal name Stark Drive, the name of the street that we grew up on, and then started prac­tis­ing some cov­ers for the com­pe­ti­tion. We did pretty well in the Eisteddfod, achiev­ing a sec­ond place in the open band di­vi­sion (out of two bands). Af­ter­ward, we kept on learn­ing songs, and started writ­ing songs of our own. The first time we played one of our own was at a trivia night fundraiser for Caref­light, in front of about 300 peo­ple.

The ori­gin of Shark Drive, as op­posed our orig­i­nal name Stark Drive, was when we found that a Swedish elec­tric bi­cy­cle com­pany, also called Stark Drive, was tak­ing the elec­tric-bike world by storm. They quickly took over all of the in­ter­net search re­sults, so we de­cided to change our name, be­cause a) sharks are cool, and b) we couldn’t af­ford a trade­mark.

What has been the high­light for Shark Drive so far?

Eas­ily the big­gest high­light for us so far, is when we played a show last year along­side Aussie punk rock be­he­moths, Fren­zal Rhomb. They are one of only a hand­ful bands that we each unan­i­mously agree are one of the best bands of all time. The fact that they per­son­ally picked us to open for them, that it was prob­a­bly the big­gest gig we’ve played, and that they were some of the most re­spect­ful mu­si­cians we’ve ever met, eas­ily makes it the high­light of our band jour­ney so far.

What are the fu­ture plans for Shark Drive?

2018 is go­ing to be quite a busy year for us, record­ing new mu­sic, shoot­ing a cou­ple of videos and play­ing heaps of shows. Hope­fully, in the near fu­ture we can ac­tu­ally do what we al­ways say we will and re­lease a sin­gle. We’ll hope­fully do a show or two for that, and then get into a stu­dio and get an al­bum to­gether ... and then play a whole bunch of shows for that.

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