Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to [email protected].Look, the last thing we want to do is come off as chauvinistic or sexist or anything like that, but we really dig indie bands where the lead singer is female. It's hard to quantify the reason that they're so appealing. It's just, they're, eh, good. They always sound cool (even when they're not great), their confidence is intimidating, and they're usually dressed in something that's flannel or purple, both of which we also like. So when we were presented with the work of Guitars, a charming CSS-type lo-fi pop band with a penchant for incisive guitar work and entirely singable choruses, we were pleased (even if the vocals are periodically provided by an evil, evil male.) We sent word to co-vocalist April Brem, and she and her bandmate/husband Jon were proper enough to answer a few questions for us.
Rocks Off: The most pressing question for you all, we think, is an obvious one: why aren't there any really cool, really fat guitar players anymore? We never see them, but it seems like those things would go hand in hand, you know. It's math, really. Fat guys? Cool. Guitars? Cool. Fat guys playing the guitar? Super wack. What gives? April5k: While that may hold true for this town, Pig Champion was pretty cool, if you're into colostomy bags. And who isn't? They're like reverse Capri-Suns. RO: [laughs] Jon: Pig Champion was way fat and way cool. RO: We think that you guys have a nice, catchy little lo-fi thing going on. It's very becoming. But we're curious to know, is that sound born out of creativity, or is it just shitty recording equipment? A5K: You must have heard our old tracks on the MySpace. We just put new mastered versions up. If you are talking about the old ones, sure, I guess it was just a matter of using what we had, but if you heard the new ones, Albini's gonna be pissed.
J: Jon Chu makes me uncomfortable.
RO: We saw that you guys have a SXSW performance or two coming up, as well as some out-of-state shows. How were you all able to secure all of that up so quickly? Again, we'd like to point out the lack of really cool, really fat guitars players in your band, so that can't be the reason.A5K: There's a lot to be said for hard work, but even more to be said for good tunes. When you've got that, the booking agents are clamorin' for it.
Keep tabs on Guitars (get it?) at www.myspace.com/guitarszzzzz, and be sure to check them out at SXSW March 19 and 20.