Q & A w/ Sugar and Gold
Based on the buzz around Sugar and Gold, it's no surprise that they hail from a city that enjoys all things fabulous: ours. Their sophomore release Get Wet! is disco-pop perfect for this summer's parties. Disco-synth inspired tracks like "Feels like Fire" and "Stay Soft" are guaranteed to get your groove on from beginning to end. Sugar and Gold is Philipp Minnig (aka PAM), vox/guitar ; Nicolas Dobbratz (Painless), vox/keys; Jerome Steegmans (jeromeo), bass; Robin MacMillan (rawbat), drums; Fatima Fleming (Seapony), backing vox. Local Frequency sat down with PAM of Sugar and Gold at Noc Noc to chat about cats, powdered wigs, and Lichtenstein
If you could describe your sound as a neighborhood in the city, what would it be and why?
PAM: It would be the Castro, because it's jubilant.
A lot of people seem confused-- is S&G a concept band?
PAM: There's no real concept to it, lyrically we try to write about what we're going through and sometimes that can be darker. "Bodyache" is a dark song. We generally try to put these things in a pop context. The record we wrote is a pop record. We deliberately try to write from a production standpoint, and take a step back and make a cohesive album. It's sort of a joke, an art project in and of itself. We listen to everything; lots of R&B, lots of you name it. Everything. So I wouldn't know one thing to call [us] or another. There's plenty of disturbed elements. It's just as contrived as anything else anyone is trying to put out there.
You guys have some interesting fashion sense going on-- where does your inspiration come from?
PAM: It's not thought out. I had to wear all these things cause I just got off a plane and couldn't fit it in my bag. My cat died recently, and I felt the need to wear a lot of bright colors on the outside, to celebrate the life that he was. I'm kind of going with that. I love leather, and I can't wear it now. Musker. He had one eye, no tail, bobcat. Feral, mean and beautiful. He was my little Buddha. That cat taught me more about love and compassion more than any of the Jesuses.
If you had to DJ your own funeral what would you be playing?
PAM: Der Komissar and Beethoven. I want powdered wigs and muumuus.
What are you reading now?
PAM: Feeding Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer, which I recommend to everyone.
Who is your favorite pop culture icon?
PAM: Groucho Marx. I think he's brilliant. It speaks volumes, he humorously draws you to it, but he makes fun of it at the same time. And I love the grease paint mustache.
Are there any other local artists you're listening to now?
PAM: I was just listening to the Sic Alps, and Battle Hooch are super cool. And Maus Haus. I was really impressed by them when we played with them last. Persephone's Bees out of Oakland too. There's a lot of good bands around here and a lot of good people.
Favorite Tiny Country?
Lichtenstein. It's where I have taxes; it's where I keep all my money.
Chicken or Egg?
PAM: The Egg.
You're so quick with all the answers-- you've thought about these before?
PAM: I've spent a lot of time thinking about all of these things. I'm a compulsive thinker. I think that's why I like dance music; I absolutely have to dance. To get out of my head, otherwise I'll just bury myself in there.
Where can we see you next?
PAM: April 29th at Bottom of The Hill for our record release party