Audio: The Fish Police
Audio: The Fish Police
25th November 2010
Exciting new learnie band The Fish Police joined Mat and Liz on the Ouch Talk Show to face quick fire questions, reveal their love of chicken and introduce a track called The Japanese Girl.
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MAT We have got the most exciting band in disability arts, in fact the whole world in the studio right now, we've got The Fish Police here.
LIZ The Fish Police. And that is Matt, hello Matt.
LIZ Hello. We've got Dean.
DEAN Dean Power.
LIZ Dean Power – nice. And Charles.
CHARLES Hi folks, hello.
LIZ Thank you for joining us.
MAT Right, I'm going to have to tell the listeners straight...
LIZ Go on, go for it.
MAT I recently did a gig at The Beautiful Octopus club which is run by the Classic Heart & Soul which Fish Police came out of and they were the headline band. I was blown away. Apart from anything else you know your music's fantastic it's like coming out of an R&B hip-hop kind of funk kind of place, but you look so sharp. You've all got the suits it was like an episode of Mad Men out there without the cigarettes. I mean unbelievable right, just totally thing. Tell us about the band Fish Police.
DEAN Well it's a group with three people and two of them play instruments like the bass guitar and electric guitar and one person is the front person.
MAT And that's you?
DEAN Me yeah.
LIZ And you're the front person.
LIZ You're the dapper one at the front in the suit.
LIZ Okay. And how long have you been going? I saw you last September and I was at a festival and you guys were the biggest buzz. There was this, "Everyone's got to see Fish Police" I was like "What, what, what?" And I turned up and it was like, "Oh my God" because all of the visuals that you've got as well as music, you had a big screen and these great little videos as well so how did you develop all this where?
MAT Tell us about that, Mat? Where do you get the style from, Mat? Where does that come from? You play guitar right?
MAT And dance a lot.
MAT Really well I might add. Where does that style come from?
MAT It's stage.
MAT So you mean when you get on the stage you're just filled with it?
LIZ So you're not always like that? You're not like that at home every day, it's kind of a thing when you get on stage you really come out and that's it, you are Fish Police?
LIZ That's amazing yeah.
CHARLES We kind of got the idea for Fish Police really came from Dean. We kind of came from a Heart & Soul workshop called the Heart & Soul Youth Group which we were doing about four/five years ago. So I've known Mat and Dean for almost five or six years now, seven years. And we wanted to try and take it a step further and so we just made this band, Fish Police, up. And Dean came up with the name and we just started writing songs about Dean's favourites things.
MAT I think that's one of the things that I love is that you talk about your daily life and stuff that goes on in your life. I mean what sort of things do you sing about so the listeners can get an idea. Tell us some of the things you talk about in your songs?
DEAN Talking about Japanese girls.
MAT Oh yeah.
LIZ And you're going to be talking about that and we're going to hear that song, that track at the end yeah.
DEAN Yes that's right yeah.
LIZ You talk a lot about chicken.
DEAN Chicken yeah.
LIZ You're a bit obsessed with chicken.
DEAN Yes I am.
LIZ Love it. Fried chicken any particular type?
DEAN BBQ chicken.
LIZ Okay yes.
CHARLES I think Dean has a favourite chicken, different type of chicken every day literally. Today it's BBQ. Yesterday I think it was fried wasn't it?
DEAN Yeah fried.
LIZ And what are some of your other tracks called?
DEAN Like Scissors.
LIZ Like Scissors – nice one.
CHARLES What's that about?
DEAN It's a Japanese TV programme
MAT Right you're all down with the Japanese stuff at the moment.
MAT That's uncanny.
LIZ It is, we've just had on our Vegetable, Vegetable or Vegetable thing last month we had a Japanese person, there's all this theme going on, it's all exciting stuff. So we have some questions for you guys, are you ready okay?
CHARLES I think we are.
MAT We're going to...
LIZ They're quick fire.
MAT Are we going to quick fire them at individuals, Liz, shall we?
LIZ I think so. Are you ready, Mat?
MAT Yeah I'm ready yeah.
LIZ Yeah we'll get to you, is that okay? So we're going to start with you Charles, okay? Describe your music in one word?
MAT Right, Dean – Sunday roast or pizza?
LIZ Mat, your favourite karaoke song?
MAT Charles, favourite song on your iPod today?
CHARLES Night Fly by Donald Fagen.
LIZ Dean, Wallis & Grommet or The Muppets?
DEAN The Muppets.
LIZ Oh yes rule.
MAT Mat, if there was a guest artist you could invite to sing with The Fish Police who would be your favourite?
MAT Chicken Nugget to me. Chicken Nuggets!
CHARLES No actually I think it would be Lady GaGa he's got a thing about her at the moment.
LIZ Oh really?
CHARLES I think so yeah.
LIZ Is that because of her meat dress? Or if she wore a chicken dress maybe that would be okay. Charles, New York or Tokyo?
CHARLES Tokyo I think.
DEAN Yes Tokyo.
MAT Dean, Halle Berry or Beyoncé?
MAT Fair enough.
LIZ Mat, poetry or comic books?
MAT Usher - that's the crazy world of Dean.
MAT Right, Charles, Facebook or YouTube?
LIZ Ooh controversial.
CHARLES Although I am on Facebook.
MAT That's a necessary evil is it?
CHARLES Yeah I suppose.
MAT Fair enough.
DEAN That's Facebook.
LIZ And Dean, finally, your band is called Fish Police why would fish need a police force?
DEAN Well because I see a lot of fish becoming as police officers.
MAT Oh right so is that where the name comes from then? You see fish as police?
LIZ Wow what a freaky future we've got.
MAT Wow imagine that.
LIZ I'm quite excited.
MAT You're nicked.
LIZ I'm trying to think of fish based police bands but I can't think of any.
CHARLES Maybe the frog doctors but that's not the frog doctors...
LIZ It's not the same it it?
CHARLES It's not quite the same.
LIZ Not quite the same. So how can people find out more about you?
CHARLES You can go on line and our address... our website would be thefishpolice.com. We've also got an EP out.
MAT And can we download the EP on iTunes?
CHARLES You can download the EP on iTunes. Our EP is called The Fish Police EP.
DEAN Yeah. This song is about a Japanese girl who's always falling asleep in the classroom.