A quick chat with Alastair from Cockles

In case you forgot, Cockles released a brand new single, Joshin’ Around a while ago and they will be playing at this weekend’s edition of Park Acoustics in Pretoria on Sunday.

I recently had a chat to Alastair Thomas (who’s the frontman of both Cockles and Shortstraw) about Park Acoustics and a few other things. This is what he had to say:

How do you come up with the name “Cockles“?

Cockles sums me up in three parts. it’s sentimental, nostalgic and a little childish. the lyrical sentiment warms the cockles of the heart, literal cockles remind me of the beach as a kid, and it’s childish because it has the word cock in it.

How did this all start? Did you just get up one day and decide, “I want to start another band”?

In Shortstraw, we write all of the songs together, as a group. i really wanted to test my abilities as a songwriter, so this is the perfect opportunity for me to do this on my own. I don’t want to be the sole songwriter for Shortstraw, otherwise it won’t be the same band, so Cockles is just me writing the songs. I’ve been wanting to do it for a while now, and the Shortstraw hiatus allowed me the time to give it a go.


When you think of Park Acoustics, what comes to mind?

Sunshine, good music and lekker vibes. and wee-ing on a hill.

What is currently playing on your music playing device?

Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Kevin Morby, Courtney Barnett, Bright Eyes, Car Seat Headrest, Darwin Deez.

You made a kief music video for “Joshin’ Around”. Give us insight into the process and tell us if the end product was what you expected or not.

I saw the video for Josh Kempen’s “Leave me if you can” and immediately decided I wanted Dolph to make the videos for as many Cockles songs as possible. They’re uniquely weird as fuck and I love that about them. I filmed with them for one night and then a month later they sent through a completely different video. Completely unexpected, but completely stoked with it.

What can people expect from Cockles at Park Acoustics?

We’re just going to try our best to not disappoint you, really.

I’d like to thank Alastair from Cockles for this interview and I wish them all of the best with their set at Park Acoustics this coming weekend. If you don’t have your tickets yet, get them HERE.

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Henno Kruger

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