Sheriff Fatman describe themselves as 'combining the old school UK punk ethic kicking out a modern day sound'. Members of the band are Dom (drums), Rob (guitar and lead vocals), Ricky (guitar) and Mark (bass). They played a storming set at this month's LeftLion Presents, alongside the mighty Weeble. We hooked up with these Nottingham punks for a chat...
Where did Sheriff Fatman start out?
Rob: Dom and me were in a band together years and years ago. We eventually had to call it a day due to uni commitments and various other things. That was about 1996
Dom: In August 2003, we started again in my Dad’s garage then moved onto Magnet, when were more serious. Rob and I have known each other since nursery, I met Mark when he moved in with my mate, so we recruited him on bass and then Mark met Ricky through Left Lion. So thank you guys.
Did you get your name from the Carter USM song?
Dom: Sort of. We were practising one day and thought the intro to Alleyway sounds a bit like the carter song, and we were struggling for a name, so we thought we’d try out Sheriff FatMan and it just stuck.
Mark: Yep. We stole it.
Who plays what in the band?
Ricky: I play guitar, I do some vocals at moment but hoping to do them more regularly soon.
Rob: I play guitar and sing lead vocals
What’s your favourite of your own tracks?
Ricky: Fave Sheriff track is Strange Faces
Mark: Freaky Technology and Piling In
What’s your favourite album of all time?
Mark: Rancid, Lets Go! The best album of all time, ever.
Dom: Dookie, Green Day
Ricky: American Idiot, Green Day
Rob: Electric Ladyland
Do you play outside of Notts much?
Dom: We’ve played in Leicester, but mostly it’s been around Mansfield and some of the towns around there. But out of all the venues we’ve played I really like Junktion7, cos it feels right when you play on that stage.
Ricky: I’ve played out of Notts quite a few times, in other bands and the best place has been Leeds for me
If you could get anyone in to play with you, who would you choose?
Dom: Anyone at all! Without question for me would be Billy Joe Armstrong.
Ricky: Yeah, Billie Joe Armstrong for me too.
Rob: If you were talking about bands that are still around now, playing with Green Day or NOFX would be cool, but if I could go back in time and play with any band I’d say the Beatles or The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Mark: Rancid, cos they are the best band in the whole world, ever. No arguing, please
Who are the best upcoming artists in Nottingham we should check out?
Rob: Erm….Sheriff Fatman! Other than that Weeble of course, although they’re well established now. I think Yes My Ninjas are good cos you can’t really compare them to any other band
Dom: We’ve seen and played with loads of great bands, but Weeble are by far the best.
Mark: Yeah Weeble, by miles. I feel I should also mention the Hellset Orchestra and also for me Yes My Ninjas?
Ricky: Awaken, Geezer Safari, Reverend and The Makers.
(Sheriff Fatman's LeftLion Presents gig. See a full gallery from this event)
What can people expect from the show tonight?
Dom: Generally a really friendly and fun show with plenty of crowd interaction and hopefully not too many fuck ups.
Ricky: From me, a lot of energy and jumping
Rob: Also catchy tunes, a lot of shouting from Mark, a lot of sweating from Dom and a lot of singing like a girl from me!
Mark: Slightly drunk, good fun, sing-a-long punk rock. With a bit of barn dancing thrown in.
What do you listen to on the stereo at home?
Mark: Mainly punk rock. Sick Of It All have been on heavy rotation at my house recently. Also Breaks, Hip Hop, Reggae and I’m quite partial to a bit of Sam Cooke at the moment
Rob: I like a lot of old music like Hendrix, the Beatles, The Pistols, the Clash and also bands like Green Day and NOFX. But also a bit of hip hop like Busta Rhymes, 2pac, Beastie Boys, a bit of everything really
Ricky: Pretty much anything guitar based
Dom: A large collection of punk CD’s from British and US bands, anything that you can really pogo to.
Describe your average day...
Dom: Get up, go to work, actually realise that I’m awake, around lunchtime. Go home and promote the band either by maintaining our website or browsing local unsigned music forums.
Ricky: Wake up, go to work, come home, watch TV, sleep. Fun hey?
Do you support Notts County or Forest?
Dom: Forest of course and season ticket holder.
Mark: Forest all the way, motherfucker! We are definitely going up in the play offs. Mark my words!
Rob: Neither. I don’t support a team, boring I know, but the truth
What are your favourite hangouts in Nottingham?
Rob: Junktion 7 is a good place to go. We enjoy playing there. The Seven Stars in Hucknall is a good place to go. I'm not too fussed these days really, anywhere with a bar! Rock city can still be good sometimes but its not the same as it was in our day you know!
Mark: My girl’s house, or The Old Angel, my favourite pub, but my least favourite venue to gig at. Also like The Nelson in Sneinton, a quality boozer.
Dom: I love The Trip and The Sal, for the history of the places, and Rock City occasionally for a boogie.
What was the last album that you bought?
Ricky: T-rex, and The Shadows, bought both together
Rob: The last album I got in terms of new releases was the latest System Of A Down one; I was quite impressed with it
Mark: Err, can’t remember. I don’t 'buy' records that often. Probably Pennywise - From The Ashes
Dom: American Idiot, cos I download mostly single tracks these days.
What was the last book you read?
Dom: Err... whichever was the last assignment we had in English lesson at school.
Rob: The Abs Diet…. (No joke!)…. Actually, I haven’t finished reading it yet!
Mark: The Blue Nowhere by Jeffrey Deaver.
Ricky: Not sure, but I read Kerrang magazine today
What was the last thing that made you laugh?
Mark: Dom tried to trick me by adding the following question to this interview when he forwarded it to me. “Is it true, Mark likes to take two men in his arse at the same time, whilst taking a big mouthful at the other end?” Funny fucker!
Dom: I laugh everyday at stupid stuff really.
Rob: I was watching a DVD of the J7 gig we did in March, and a comment mark said made me laugh ‘Guitarists, you think you’re good with your six strings…. bunch of c***s!’
Ricky: Probably, the people at work. We have a good office
What was the last thing that made you cry?
Dom: Trapping a vital organ in my jeans.
Mark: Real men don’t cry
Ricky: I don’t cry, but Forest losing to Sheff Utd in the play off Semis a couple years ago. I was absolutely gutted coming home from Bramal lane.
Rob: That’s a bit deep isn’t it? Well, it was when my dad died
What is coming up for you over the next year?
Dom: I would really love to go on tour either self-funded or with some sponsorship (If anyone would love to help please feel free to pledge) and get ourselves out across the country, and get some more awareness.
Rob: More gigs. We’d like to get involved in one of the small festivals that are going on this summer and we’ll be selling copies of our new CD once we’ve got a title for it
Mark: Lots of gigs, lots of booze, lots of weed. Bad hearing. And the world cup, yeah
Ricky: Personally, not sure yet, I always keep my options open.
Anything else you want to say to LeftLion readers?
Mark: Come to our gigs!
Dom: Thanks very much to our hardcore following and hopefully those of you have never heard of us will take a little bit of time to listen to our music and come along to one of our shows. Our aim is to always entertain however we do it.
Rob: Big up the fatman!
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