“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.
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.