HI THERE THANKS FOR ANSWERING SOME QUESTIONS FOR US. N’ (the pineapple): No Problem!
TELL US ABOUT YOUR NEW ALBUM/ PROJECT?
Sweet (the banana): Our new album is called, “The Adventures of Sweet N’ Juicy”. It’s a concept album about how we started off as a band and features a lot of our friends. Friends like Steve Kortyka who arranged the “Cheek to Cheek” record for Tony Bennet and Lady Gaga, Andee Blacksugar who is the guitarist for KMFDM, and Matt Katz-Bohen, the keyboardist and arranger from Blondie. It’s an absolute blast and features a ton of songs. Get ready to party! WHAT INSPIRED ANY CENTRAL THEMES ON THE ALBUM? Juicy(the strawberry): Well, a lot of sex. Probably mostly sex, but definitely good times. Good times and partying. There’s a love song or two. Sweet: I think there’s just one. Juicy: Yeah, so one love song… and that’s basically it! N’: And our origin story! Juicy: Yep, that too!
HOW LONG DID YOU SPEND RECORDING? N’: We recorded the album in one weekend on top of Mount Fruiple. We met some birds named Caw and Jaw and we became their friends. It was a great time. Sweet: None of that happened, but we made the record and we hope you enjoy it.
HOW DID YOU GO ABOUT THE SONGWRITING PROCESS? Juicy: N’ll kick a groove, Sweet’ll lay down a bass line, and then I put some colors on it. Sweet likes to re-write a lot. There are probably 25 versions of each song that makes it past the writing stage. Then it’s a bunch of trial and error at shows until it feels good.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE TRACK FROM THE ALBUM? Sweet: Simple Things turned out really well. Our friend Casper the Ghost laid down some really tasty guitar licks over everything. Juicy: He’s a straight-up baller guitarist. We don’t play with guitarists that often, so when we do it’s always awesome when they can shred.
WHO ARE YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCES? N’: Prince, RHCP, Ween, and Zappa are for sure in the same vein as what we do. Probably Talking Heads, too.
HOW DID YOU FORM THE BAND? Sweet: I went out on my own after getting bored with the usual music at the banana tree and found Juicy in a little patch out in the country. I liked the way he played and partied, so I invited him on my quest for new flavors. After a grip of time we found N’ on a plantation and dug the way he played drums. Now the three of us travel in search for the best party to play.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ANYONE STARTING OUT? Sweet: Practice. Preferably to a metronome or beat machine. Always challenge yourself. N’: Focus on the basics! Foundation is key. Juicy: Never let anyone force you to play keyboard. Surely there’s a better instrument out there. It’s too late for me. Save yourself.
WHAT IS NEXT? Sweet: We have a West Coast tour in February of 2020, and April/May we’re going to Montana for a few weeks. Juicy’: We’re also going to start filming a lot more and start adding new content on our pages! Rumors of mini-sodes are formulating!
ANYTHING ELSE YOUD LIKE TO ADD - N’: Reach out and say hi! We love talking to people, and it’d be awesome to get to know you.