Words by Abi Whistance

We've had our eye on The Shakamoto Investigation for a while. Brash, belligerent and the kind of people you want to have a pint with, these guys have been tearing up the Leeds music scene all year, even without the ability to gig. We caught up with the band to find out a little bit more about them ahead of the release of their debut record, Existential Bread.

Who are The Shakamoto Investigation?

Ellis: The Shakamoto Investigation are three incredibly handsome and charming lads playing our instruments at a sub-par level of skill and effort. We’re a band that shares one old behringer tuner on stage and drinks all the other band's rider.

You’re releasing your debut record Existential Bread soon, what can you tell us about that?

Ellis: I can tell you that existential bread will not be released on the 4th of December due to pressing delays which is another thing to add to the already long list of bullshit this year has decided to hit us with. But I can tell you that it’s a record that’s made with energy and heart that is guaranteed to change your life forever. Recorded with international icon Phil Booth at JT soar in Nottingham, who we assume is a real-life wizard as he actually managed to get us to sound good. Keep an eye on our socials and all that jazz for updates on release + some merch business that’ll be happening

Your artwork is pretty striking, where does that come from/who is responsible for it?

Sam: ‘Galuh Indri! Wiyarti! Absolute shapeshifter. Around the time we had the idea for the band, I went to my end-of-year graduate show at Leeds Arts University and saw a collage in the illustration room by Galuh which instantly made me say ‘That’s shakamoto right there!!’ I took Ellis to see it the week after, we both loved it and contacted her on the back of that! She’s done all our artwork so far, and we’re honored to be working with her! She understands our madness which is a definite plus. ‘

What have you missed most about gigging?

Jake: I think I’ve come to terms with not gigging now. The thought of doing a gig is actually daunting now. So many more things to have to worry about. I think I miss most how simple everything was. Rock up to the venue, chat to anyone you like, get leathered play the show go to someone's house. Can’t do that anymore. I miss the normality of gigs. it was just something you did that was fun. It’s crap now.

Give us your take on the Leeds music scene.

Jake: Leeds music scene is great. It's got the community kind of feel to it. Everyone has some connection to someone else. It's nice to see. if we all go out to pub together we barely chat to each other because we bump into so many people that are in bands. It’s sometimes frustrating but most of the time enjoyable. I really like how much different stuff the scene is churning out, there’s something for everyone really. Good noise.

I come from a really small town, and moving to Leeds was really daunting at the time. i was worried about not ‘fitting in’ as I did back home. But I made friends instantly and I’ve got some proper friends for life here and it's all through music, I'd be fucked if I couldn’t play an instrument.

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