Sharks’ forthcoming album, No Gods, brandishes a dynamic diversity that’s bound to send shockwaves through rock ‘n’ roll.
The UK quartet walks a fine line between impressively infectious lyrical poetry a la The Smiths and intensely incisive punk hearkening back to The Clash. Frontman James Mattock infuses the songs with an erudite perspective that’s utterly refreshing, and his words hit just as hard as his riffs or Sam Lister’s bombastic beats. Sharks are going to take a big bite out of pop culture when No Gods drops March 20, and things may very well never be the same. That’s a damn good thing too…
Given how intelligent these lads are, ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino spoke to Mattock and Lister about their three favorite books!
Sam Lister’s Three Favorite Books:
Robert Louis Stevenson — Treasure Island
I think my favorite book is Treasure Island. I’ve always loved it since I was a kid. I’ve always loved boats and pirates. It’s just a classic story, isn’t it? It gets remade and retold, and it’s still so great.
Kurt Vonnegut — Slaughterhouse-Five
My second favorite book is Slaughterhouse-Five. It’s the first sci-fi I ever read, and I thought it was so cool and crazy how you can write a book that has no limits. I don’t even know whether most of it’s a dream or it’s conscious. It’s cool to have something totally limitless. You can do whatever you want in a book.
David Mitchell — Black Swan Green
My third favorite is Black Swan Green. It’s set in the mid-80s. It’s really nostalgic. It reminds me of being a child. It’s always nice when you can relate to stuff.
James Mattock’s Three Favorite Books:
Jack Kerouac — On the Road
Number one is probably On the Road. I read that on the road, and it’s amazing. The way Kerouac puts things and comes up with these lines is genius. It’s a classic.
Charles Bukowski — The Last Night of the Earth
In the same breath, Bukowski’s writing is really influential. I really like The Last Night of the Earth, his first collection of poems. That’s the one.