Sound Machine Interview: Sweet Crude
WHO ARE THE MEMBERS OF Sweet Crude AND WHEN DID THE BAND COME TOGETHER?
We are, in no particular order: Sam Craft, Alexis Marceaux, Stephen MacDonald, Skyler Stroup, David Shirley, and Jack Craft.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE Sweet Crude AS YOUR BAND NAME, AND DOES THAT NAME CARRY ANY SIGNIFICANCE OR SYMBOLISM?
Warning: pretentious answer ahead. Sweet Crude is a type of oil that is found prevalently in Louisiana and Texas and is heavily sought-after. It both helped propel Louisiana's economy into modernity in the 20th Century, but it also led to the slashing and destruction of bayous and marshland. The duality and oxymoronic nature of those two words, as compared to our mission of blending the traditional French of Louisiana into a modern pop context was something we couldn't pass up as a band name.
PRETEND YOU WORK IN A RECORD STORE AND A CUSTOMER COMES IN ASKING FOR RECOMMENDATIONS. WHAT WOULD THAT CUSTOMER HAVE TO ASK FOR THAT WOULD CAUSE YOU TO PICK UP A Sweet Crude RECORD?
"Do you have anything that doesn't suck?" -or- "What can you recommend for dance parties on the moon?"
WITHOUT THROWING ANYONE UNDER THE BUS, WHAT’S BEEN THE STRANGEST SHOW YOU’VE EVER PLAYED?
We once played a show in LaRose, Louisiana. Or, I should say, we ALMOST played a show there. LaRose is a little bayou town about an hour south of New Orleans and we were asked to play at a bar in a little strip mall and let's just say that before we even got one note in, the police were called and we were thrown out on the street.
DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND IN THREE WORDS.
Drummy Louisiana goodtimes. I kinda cheated.
WHAT IS THE NEXT BIG THING FOR Sweet Crude?
We have an album coming out on April 21st and we couldn't be more excited!
Sweet Crude IS IS SCULPTING A MT. RUSHMORE OF THEIR MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE. WHAT FOUR FACES DO YOU CARVE?
Our Mt. Rushmore would include the visages of: Beyoncé, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kramer, Stevie Wonder, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Sweet Crude IS IN CHARGE OF MAKING A THREE-SONG MIXTAPE TO SEND INTO OUTER-SPACE. WHAT THREE SONGS MAKE THE CUT?
Beach Boys - God Only Knows, Outkast - Heya, Dixie Cups - Iko Iko
IF Sweet Crude HAD IT’S OWN COOKING SHOW, WHAT WOULD IT BE CALLED?
" 'It's Food!' with Sweet Crude "
WHAT IS EACH OF YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE SONG AND/OR ALBUM?
Alexis - Celine Dion's album "Falling Into You"
David - all of the musical 'Oliver'
Sam - Wham's "Last Christmas"
Stephen - anything by Mastodon
Jack - Soul Asylum's "Runaway Train"
Skyler - Divinyls' "I Touch Myself"