Introducing … SHARKS! They’re one of the hottest, most buzzed about new bands out of the U.K., and they just happen to be playing the entire Warped Tour this summer. Their classic punk rock sound is straight up awesome, and when we found out the band’s lead singer, James Mattock, is vegan, we just HAD to talk to him!
1. What prompted you to become vegan? Were there any bands, books, etc. that influenced your decision?
I’ve only been vegan for about year, but up to that point [I had] been vegetarian for about 6 [years]. I’d been thinking about making the transition and started trying out basic soya and oat milks, etc. But it was a friend I met at a festival last year that gave me the extra push. We got talking about it and he made realize how easy it would be, despite what some people tell you. I was a serious vegetarian anyway and to be honest always felt kind of funny about drinking milk and eating eggs. I started to realize that even though these “foods” aren’t technically flesh, there really is not much difference at all in the way it’s produced.
2. What are some of your favorite vegan foods?
Since becoming vegan I’ve started cooking a lot, making meals from scratch, and have avoided ready-made food whenever I can—even vegan food, but that’s mostly down to money. I mostly live on soup and curry because they’re easy but really healthy and filling; and I can store it in my fridge for the week which saves me a lot of money. I just really find it exciting doing things myself like that. But I do miss pizza!
3. Of all of the major animal rights issues (factory farming, dog fighting, animal testing, the fur industry, animals in entertainment, etc.) are there any issues that are particularly close to your heart?
I can’t really accentuate a particular issue, but I honestly wasn’t aware of the popularity of dog fighting. I’ve only just been researching it and that is absolutely disgusting and terrifying.
4. If a fan were to approach you with questions about how to get involved with animal rights, what advice would you give him or her?
I’m not just saying it, but I’d point them in the direction of PETA. It has all the information I can imagine you’d need to begin getting involved with animal rights.
5. What does SHARKS have coming up that we can be looking forward to?
From April through to August we’re touring the states with Social Distortion, touring Canada, playing Warped Tour and going to Japan. A collection of material called The Joys of Living is also about to be released in the U.S., Canada, and Australia as well as iTunes worldwide.
Thanks, James! We can’t wait to spin The Joys of Living 2008-2010, (which is available via Rise Records on April 5) and rock out with you at Warped Tour this year!