Intergalactic wayfarers SpudGun chat with Luke Sharkey about their new single, the dangers of your spaceship developing self-awareness and eating all the falafel. 

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ONE of the bands currently tearing up the Dublin music scene, SpudGun have built a reputation around their cosmic live performances and psychedelic sound. Having just released their new single ‘We Share This Space’, the band are seeing increasing numbers of fans eager to experience one of the most captivating shows out there right now. We begin our conversation by talking about the balance between drawing inspiration from the good and the bad.

“I think the bad stuff is sometimes easier to represent in a quick and aggressive manner, elements of which can be seen in ‘Sandpaper Teeth’” they explain. “The true beautiful moment, the things that captivate you more, [we] find are more inspiring for creating a piece that you’re truly happy with.”

Are they happy with ‘We Share This Space’? The group admit that, “we’re just happy and confused that people seem to like it so much. We mostly recorded it ourselves in our really small rehearsal room, which is in our spaceship, with the help of our curly haired human friend Joe McDonald.”

“We mostly recorded it ourselves in our really small rehearsal room, which is in our spaceship”

The band were making the best of the bad situation they found themselves in during early-January this year. “It says in the logs that we came here when Alex poured some fish oil into the ship’s engine. Basically the omega3 reacted with the engine and it didn’t want us in it anymore. Don’t ever let your space ship develop self-awareness,” they warn.

Spurred on by the success of their first few gigs, the band have grown to love playing in Dublin. “We gave it a shot on stage. We didn’t know how anyone would react to hearing us tell our memories in between playing songs. One thing I managed to salvage from the ship was a blow-up doll that was kind of in the likeness to my deceased wife, who was actually a blow-up doll. I think that helped people relate to us.” And why wouldn’t it? Earthlings do love sex after all.

 

“One thing I managed to salvage from the ship was a blow-up doll that was kind of in the likeness to my deceased wife, who was actually a blow-up doll.”

So what’s the plan for the coming months? The answer, in short, is plenty of hard work. “We haven’t pulled out all our space tricks yet,” they tease. “We’re working on what we can bring to make the viewers’ experience more enjoyable. We’d like to get an album out by summertime next year — summertime is going to be special.” The band are aware that time is pressing onwards, however, admitting that: “we’re not going to stay on Earth forever”.

Maybe the band are just here for a good time but we’re definitely excited to see and hear what they do next. “We like Earth more now than when we first came here”. Any reason in particular? “Well I want to stay here at least until we eat all the falafel.” As good a reason as any for our space traveling virtuosos.

‘We Share This Space’ is available now on SoundCloud.