Monday, September 15, 2014

First/Last-Suavity's Mouthpiece

"An experimental, daring, refreshing, sound scape of music...Comparisons to other artists would only rob SM over their unique artistic abilities and expression. They truly are a band that one needs to experience." - Alan Welding (Pittsburgh Music Magazine)

Suavity's Mouthpiece is a Pittsburgh based experimental pop band that has a brand new album, "Peerless Suavity" out today via Purple & Pink Records and they are celebrating tonight at The Union Project with Midge Crickett, The Spectres and Nevhar Anhar. Much thanks to J. Trafford (Guitar/Vocals) and Dick Whiskey (Guitar) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

The first album you ever bought?
J. Trafford: My tenure in cassettes surely predates this by many years, but the first disc I can remember purchasing was a low-budget German compilation called “Pop Nuggets”. If you research this double-CD, you will find a shocking smattering of pop artists like Gloria Gaynor, Barry Ryan, The Communards shoved together in the same small room as Elton John for seemingly no reason at all.
Dick Whiskey: Either Green Day's "Dookie" Or The Offspring's "Americana”.

Your last album bought?
Dick: Bryan McPherson “American Boy / American Girl”
J.: Midge Crickett  “A Place to Sit Down”.

Favorite album of all time?
J.: Oohf.. Germanotta’s joint-album with Tony Benefit isn’t out just yet, is it? Oh well, I’ll have to say “Unanswerable Lust” by Luxuria.
Dick: Tom Petty “Wildflowers”.

Least favorite/most disappointing album?
Dick: Slipknot's "Vol. 3".
J.: I was sufficiently disappointed that Prinzhorn Dance School could not match their first effort. No more really needs to be said.

First concert attended?
J.: Blues Traveler, sometime in the 90s playing Hartwood Acres.
Dick: Mushroomhead at Laga.

Last concert?
Dick: Motley Crue/ Alice Cooper at First Niagara
J.: Blues Traveler, sometime in the 90s playing Hartwood Acres.

Favorite concert ever?
J.: Bob Dylan, in 2000 playing the AJ Palumbo Center. I was so put-out that he was a rickety, incomprehensible shadow of the man who wrote “Tangled Up in Blue,” that I sat down on the floor and pouted for the duration.
Dick: The Annual Mushroomhead Halloween Show.

Least favorite concert?
J.: Come now, does Sleepwalk A Robot REALLY deserve that kind of negative attention?
Dick: I have no earthly idea.

Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
Dick: The DIY Community and local artists in the city.
J.: Sharing a stage with Madame Christiane D will always be a life-highlight. And thank God we were able to put on Moran / Masudi recently.

Thanks, guys. Totally digging what I am hearing of your stuff. Have fun tonight.

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