Monday, January 4, 2010
Sweethead recently did an interview with AltSounds.com, check out some excerpts from it below. You can read the entire article HERE...
[altsounds.com] With a name inspired by the homonymous David B-side, Sweethead was formed by Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Troy Van Leewen and vocalist Serrina Sims. Bassist Eddie Nappi and drummer Norm Block were recruited for the rhythm section, and a new supergroup was born. But it wasn’t just “any” supergroup, as we all know that whatever comes out of Queens Of The Stone Age is the offspring of an excessive amount of creativity, which just can’t find enough space in only one band.
I have the luck to be here today with Troy and sparkly frontwoman Serrina to find out more, while waiting to see them live supporting that bunch of music legends which is Them Crooked Vultures. Troy is suffering some back pain, he doesn’t really remember what happened but he swears it won’t affect his performance tonight, while he gets comfortable and ready to answer our questions...
[altsounds] So, this is your last date on this tour!
[Serrina] Yeah, we’re very sad!
[altsounds] How was it?
[Serrina] Brilliant, superfun, the crowd has been great, the band was great, everybody was so nice, the crew... It’s been like a two week party! And you can hear it in my voice... (laughs)
[altsounds] You’ve also been playing in the States, right?
[Serrina] Yeah, a little bit...
[altsounds] How do you compare the crowd?
[Serrina] Well, it’s different. Generally audiences over here are better than American audiences, and even in Europe they tend to be really loud. England by comparison is probably a bit quieter, but still lot of excitement... I love England!
[Troy] Our record is not out in the States yet, so we haven’t done much touring over there, but we’ve been over here quite a few times and people certainly are getting to know more about the band so it keeps getting better.
[altsounds] How comes the album is not out in the States yet?
[Serrina] It’s so weird because it doesn’t come out in America till March next year. I don’t know why, just a series of things....
[Troy] In the record industry nowadays things are a little bit... shifty.
[Serrina] Like Florence & The Machine, they just came out in the States, and they’ve been out in the UK for a long time.
[altsounds] I remember in the old days everything used to come out in the US first...
[Serrina] It’s very different now. I think the US are almost behind in a way, coz I reckon the industry has collapsed, so it seems like a trickier affair...
[altsounds] Is this due to the recession?
[Serrina] No, it’s free downloading that kind of killed the business, and so lots of labels collapsed and there are few labels out there still functioning. We’re lucky to be working with one of those but they like to take time setting up the record, doing the pressing; you do it a few months before, so that’s why.
Posted by Dan Goldin at 8:43 PM