We chatted to fruit-based rock-funk band Sweet ‘n’ Juicy from Portland, Oregon about new music, influences and Bach vs Black Midi.
Interview by Jane Howkins
How is 2020 treating you so far?
Sweet (the Banana): Pretty good. How you doing?
Have you released any music so far this year? If so, what can you tell us about that?
N’ (Nefertitipharoahsandramundusifilopolis the Pineapple): Not yet, but we have a few songs in the works. Actually, the newest thing on our plates is weekly funny videos on our YouTube channel starting in February. Occasionally we’ll toss out a new music video in the mix. 2020 baby!
Are you working on any new music at the moment? What are you working on, and when will it be released?
Juicy (the Strawberry): Yep! We have about two handfuls of new tunes that we play on the regular right now, and another handful that we’re about to start adding to the mix. Probably we’ll be starting principal recording in November. Maybe something next year. The goal is to get something like, 20-40 new songs written by then so we can be super picky. We’ll see how it all turns out.
Have you got any upcoming tours planned? If so, where are you playing and where are you looking forward to going most?
Sweet: Yes! In February we’re doing a West Coast tour from Seattle, Washington to San Diego, California. We’re playing all over the place in between. As far as super stoked shows go – on that tour we’re super excited to play at Larry’s place in Talent, OR and at Winston’s in San Diego. It’s a really fun tour. We’ve been playing regularly at Sessions in Eugene though, and that’s been a really good ride. That place rocks.
Who/what has influenced you the most as musicians?
Juicy: I grew up on Beethoven and System of a Down, but recently Sweet’s been turning me on to Prince and Talking Heads. That’s some funky music.
N’: Yeah, probably them and Red Hot Chili Peppers are the biggest thing we vibe along with.
Sweet: We get compared to Frank Zappa and Ween sometimes, too. Guess it’s whatever people hear.
What have you been listening to recently that you can recommend to our readers?
Juicy: I’ve been really stoked on Bach again, but that’s probably not as hip as Black Midi. I was over in Europe playing with a dude for a month and this German cat told me check them out. That’s some Modern-Industrial-Punk-Noise stuff right there. They’re all super young so it still sounds moody and uncertain. Definitely suggest that.
Why do you think people should pick up one of your records or come and see you live, and what can people expect from one of your shows?
Sweet: If you like to have a good time, check out the music. We write songs about partying and we’re all pros. The music is written to be enjoyed. The album is an hour-long concept-record about how we became a band and the fruitiness of it all. Our shows are just high-energy dance raves about getting down. Hit us up some time.
Any last words for the fans?
Sweet N’ Juicy: Happy New Year! 2020’s gonna be off the hook! Thank you York Calling for having us on. #blessedbyyork