Ireland’s own Adebisi Shank recently released their second album, appropriately entitled This is the Second Album by a band
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called Adebisi Shank. With the album appearing on multiple ‘Best of’ lists at the end of 2010 along having been nominated for the Irish Album of the Year, the band have built upon their previous success, reaching far beyond the borders of our fine Irish boundaries. To listen to a full stream of their latest release, check out their official Adebisi Shank Bandcamp page, and enjoy some more of their linguistic cleverness in our conversation with them below about their music, style, and future plans.
Q: FOR ANYONE NOT FAMILIAR WITH YOUR SOUND, COULD YOU DESCRIBE IT USING THREE WELL CHOSEN (ENGLISH) WORDS?
ADEBISI: ADEBISI HOCKEYPUCKIN SHANK
Q: HOW MUCH WORK IS INVOLVED IN BRINGING THE SOUND OF WHAT’S ON THE RECORD TO THE STAGE? HAS IT INVOLVED A LOT OF EFFORT TO GET YOUR LIVE SET SOUNDING THE WAY YOU WANT IT?
ADEBISI: Nah it’s ok, the record is pretty much based around the sound of us playing live but with a few well chosen embellishments. The songs always begin with the three of us in a room though and in the studio we progress from there so it’s easy enough afterwards to go back to the basic skeleton when it’s time to play live.
Q: YOU’VE BEEN DESCRIBED AS A BAND THAT ARE VERY DIFFICULT TO FOLLOW UP ON A NIGHT, PEOPLE SAY YOU SOMETIMES BLOW THE HEADLINERS OFF THE STAGE! HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT HAVING THAT SORT OF REPUTATION?
ADEBISI: It’s not really about that for us, we like playing early so we can get drunk and have fun watching the other bands.
Q: ANY VOCALS I’VE HEARD YOU GUYS DOING SEEM TO BE PRETTY HEAVY ON EFFECTS. HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED DOING A TRACK WITH “CLEAN” VOCALS?
ADEBISI: I’m not sure it’s something we’d be interested in. We’re interested in robots trying to discover their emotions. Real humans are less interesting to us, except in the case of Conor from Villagers who is a superb example of a real human.
Q: COULD YOU CITE SOME OF YOUR INFLUENCES?
ADEBISI: Influences – Prince, Leonard Cohen, Radiohead, Oingo Boingo, Nirvana, Delicate Steve, Queen, Thin Lizzy, Paul Simon, Justice, Andrew WK, Jamie Lidell, Caribou, Vangelis, Steely Dan, Thomas Dolby, Arthur Russell, The Beach Boys, Smashing Pumpkins, Talking Heads, My Bloody Valentine, Fleetwood Mac, Steve Reich, Debussy, Tangerine Dream, OutKast, Lindsey Buckingham, Burt Bacharach, MACCA, Le Butcherettes, The Brecker Brothers, R Kelly, Eric Serra, Michael Jackson.
Q: COULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WRITING PROCESS? DO YOUR IDEAS COME FROM JAMMING AS A BAND OR DOES ONE PERSON NORMALLY BRING A COMPLETED IDEA TO THE TABLE?
ADEBISI: The first album was more individual members songs taken to completion by the group, the second album was completely written by the three of us and I think it shows. It feels a lot more cohesive and diverse and fun. Good times abide. Less stress more success, as we say in Ireland.
Q: [FOR VINNIE] WHY THE MASK? ARE YOU JUST SHY? DID IT NOT GET TERRIBLY HOT WHEN YOU GUYS PLAYED IN THE US?
ADEBISI: Yeah it was super hot but I am a super hot dude. I’d hate for the band to become famous purely because of the bass players rugged good looks and deep blue eyes. It’s about the music man!
Q: WHAT’S THE DUMBEST INTERVIEW QUESTION YOU’VE EVER BEEN ASKED/HEARD?
ADEBISI: I dont’t think any questions are dumb…we get asked about the name a lot but it’s our own fault for picking a name that means absolutely nothing. Anyone who cares enough to ask a question deserves to have it answered and gets a high five from me. I wanna rock with you – alll night.
Q: FINALLY, WHERE WILL ADEBISI SHANK BE IN FIVE YEARS TIME?
ADEBISI: Jurassic Park, site B.