Who’s in the band and what do they play?
TARRA: On our record “Chartreuse” that we are releasing August 7th, the band is Tarra Thiessen (guitar/vocals), Natalie Kirch (bass/vocals), and Patty Schemel (drums).
The line-up for the touring band this summer is Tarra Thiessen (guitar/vocals), Natalie Kirch (bass/vocals), Davey Jones (Guitar), and Sharif Mekawy (drums).
When and how did you become a band?
TARRA: When I was reading tarot cards at a middle school slumber party I had a vision of the Princess of Cups- a sweet nymph like compassionate blonde girl who had a badass fat bass tone. She then came to me through a trail of spiritual guiders each baring the name Nat. We met up for the first time at the now-closed DIY venue, Death By Audio each immediately manifested our spirit animals – Shark & Muffin.
How did you decide on your band name?
TARRA: We jammed at Natalie’s Jersey shore beach house and didn’t go into the ocean early in the morning because we had the fear of becoming a Sharkmuffin – the breakfast for a shark. To conquer this fear, we became THE SHARKMUFFIN.
Tell us about your first show.
NAT: Our first show was at an art space in Bushwick called The Hive which no longer exists that was, at the time, displaying art by Liz Emirzian. It was my first show ever. I was so nervousm I almost threw up. That was exactly three years ago.
Can you describe your music?
TARRA: GP Glam Grunge
What bands (or other things) are your influences/inspiration?
NAT: The White Stripes, NIRVANA, The Ronettes, The Ventures, The Shirelles, Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, X-Ray Spex, Hole, The Pretenders, The Replacements, The Ramones, The Buzzcocks, Sonic Youth, The Breeders, Pixies, Johnny Thunders, Sebadoh, The Wipers, tons of other stuff… a lot of ’90s grunge/alternative rock, 60s surf rock, 70s punk/ glam rock, and 50s female-fronted pop groups.
Gear talk: instruments/pedals/amps
NAT: I use a Series 70 cut out bass guitar that was based on one of the Ampeg models from the 1960s. A couple years ago, Tarra bought me a discontinued Ampeg amplifier and a Death By Audio Apocalypse fuzz pedal for my birthday.
TARRA: I usually play a 2009 Fender Jaguar Special HH Version through a 1966 Fender Pro Reverb with my pedal board that consists of: Death by Audio Fuzz War, Death by Audio Interstellar Overdriver, Death by Audio Echo Dream, Seymour Duncan SFX-07 Shape Shifter Tremolo, Boss DD-6 Digital Delay & a Boss RE-20 Space Echo (for vocals). I use Augustine Spectra Light Electric strings (.010–.046) & Dunlop Gator Grip 1.14 mm picks.
SM (of looms): I use a combination of sabian and Zildjian cymbals, My hardware is a combo of Gibraltar, DW, and pearl.
DJ (of lost boy ?): Jagstang guitar, fender blues JR, pedals: Cement Lunch, (Boss)Tremolo, (Boss)EQ, (Boss)Delay, (digi tech) reverb / delay
Who are your favorite loccal New York bands?
TARRA & NAT: Lost Boy ?, Granny, Happy Lives, Daywalkers, Haybaby, Fruit & Flowers, Holy Tunics, Charly Bliss, BOYTOY, etc. There are lots of incredible bands around here.
What do you want everyone to know about your band?
NAT: We are nice gals who like the ocean, sketching, writing, cats, moonlit pizza parties and reverb.
Any other comments/shout outs?
Our debut LP ‘Chartreuse’ will be out on August 7th on Little Dickman/State Capital Records!! Pre-order your copy now on the State Capital website and you’ll get a chartruese/silver swirl vinyl.