30 November 2018 saw the release of Cockles’ debut album, The World’s Best Narcissist. The brainchild of Shortstraw frontman Alastair Thomas, the album comes after the release of two singles – ‘Joshin’ Around’ and ‘Narcissist’ earlier this year. We had a quick chat with Cockles about the release.
Recently, you released your debut album, The World’s Best Narcissist. What inspired the album’s name?
I was just wondering if, because narcissists think they’re the best at everything, does that mean they all think they’re also the best narcissists in the world? Or do they only think they’re the best at things that don’t make them a p*es? So it’s basically a redundant thing to say, but a massive p*es would claim it. I am a massive p*es. Just jokes, it’s basically just a stab at narcissists I guess.
How would you describe the album’s sound?
It’s like folky-indie-semi-comedy-pop, I think.
Any favourite tracks off the album?
“Joshin’ around” was the first song I wrote as Cockles., so that’ll always be a little special for me, then “Sour p*es” and “god knows” are probably my favourite, lyrically.
You’ve mentioned that you wanted the album to be relatable. Where did you draw most of your lyrical inspiration from?
Just from living every day life as a cynic with bad posture. having to do adulty things, forgetting old friends’ names, having an existential crisis, a bad day, love and all that kak.
How did you experience working on the album in a solo capacity, as opposed to working with bandmates?
It was a bit more stressful because I was making all the decisions, so there’s no one else to blame if it’s bad. But it was also real nice to have some creative freedom and do some relatively unconventional stuff. Overall 8/10 would do again.
You’ve also mentioned that the guitarwork and drums on the album are simplistic. Does this uncomplicated approach make the song-writing process easier?
Ja totally, it means I can write the songs just sommer on a guitar instead of in a band room where it’s sometimes a little tough to find a groove. It’s got pros and cons though, in that it’s nice to not have any clashing opinions, but you also have no one to bounce ideas off of.