Editor’s Note: Recently, Canadian punk rock band We Were Sharks released their single “Shameless” via Revival Recordings, which premiered on The Noise. This single is a take on how the band sees social media and how people do things for likes on social media instead of living their lives with authenticity. They blend solid harmonies with a powerful dissonance in order to create very infectious music. We Were Sharks is composed of Randy Frobel on vocals, Jason Mooney on guitars, Colin Jacques on guitars, Matthew Sears on bass and Will Plummer on drums. In this mental health conversation with Madness To Creation, Randy Frobel of We Were Sharks discusses their single, the Covid-19 pandemic and mental health. Fans can find We Were Sharks at the following locations:
Madness To Creation: The song “Shameless” really hits home because of how people are behaving during Covid-19, take us into the song and music video for that song.
Randy Frobel: Oh, definitely. It’s pretty much about how people are willing to do anything to be famous or get ahead in life. It doesn’t matter the reason as long as they “make it”. For the music video, it was a take on the famous ‘Beetlejuice’ dinner scene. Where they all get possessed and their bodies begin moving uncontrollably.
Madness To Creation: How is life up in Canada, fun question, what’s the stereotype about Canadians that you unequivocally hate the most?
Randy Frobel: Life is good, it’s getting a little cold, but it’s good. I think the stereotype that I hate the most is that we are all ‘nice’. Trust me, that’s not true at all.
Madness To Creation: Why is social media so annoying?
Randy Frobel: Because we believe it’s the “be all end all” — when really it’s not. I think we can lose sight of reality by getting lost in “likes”, “thumb’s up”, and the constant need to be validated, instead for just living our lives.
Madness To Creation: If one social media platform was banned which one would you pick and why?
Randy Frobel: For me, it probably would be Facebook. It’s take up so much of my time — just seeing what my friends are up to instead of calling and actually catching up.
Madness To Creation: Fun question, you have to erase one band from history and here are your choices, The Beatles, Black Sabbath or The Sex Pistols, which one would you pick and why?
Randy Frobel: Well, I’d say Metallica. But, I guess they’re not on the list. So, I guess I’ll have to go with the Beatles.
Madness To Creation: How have you guys been coping with the Covid-19 pandemic? What adjustments have you had to make as a band?
Randy Frobel: I think the biggest adjustment has been not being able to play live shows. That’s definitely been the hardest part for myself. As for coping, I’ve been writing a lot more.
Madness To Creation: Where’s the first place you want to go when this is over?
Randy Frobel: I would love to go back to Nashville. Something about that place I just fell in love with. When I’m there, it feels like home to me.
Madness To Creation: Why does everyone want to move to Canada?
Randy Frobel: To be honest, I’m not sure why. I can tell you that Canada is very beautiful and can be very laid back. Maybe that’s why?
Madness To Creation: What’s the big plans for We Were Sharks heading into the holiday season and 2021?
Randy Frobel: Lots of new stuff. I can’t give away too much, but keep your eyes peeled for a lot of things ahead.
Madness To Creation: What else would you like to add?
Randy Frobel: Hopefully everyone is doing well, and thank you all so much for all the love over the years and all the love so far for ‘Shameless.’ It honestly means the world to us. More new stuff is on its way, I promise.
And there you have it! Check out their music video for “Hotel Beds” below: