I often wonder if my schtick is being serious about being unserious or being unserious about being serious. Maybe it’s both. Maybe it’s neither. Maybe the concept doesn’t even make sense, but when I think about how I think about making music or art or whatever, seriousness is one of the big barometers that comes into play.
As an example, I will mention a track from my Heat Stroke album, “Novelty.” There are elements of that song that are too serious in my opinion. The ambiance with the rain and strange noises create a certain feeling that the lyrics and vocal delivery don’t quite mesh with, by design. I feel like if you took out all the vocals on that song and replaced them with some dark poetry and some sinister growling, it would be effective at being serious. I guess my point is that I don’t want to make “serious” music, whatever that means, because as I sit here attempting to figure out what that is, I’m at a loss. Maybe “pretentious” is a better word for what I’m thinking of. I don’t know.
My point is that if I have any goal or point to prove to someone, it’s that my music is multi-faceted, even though I realize that sounds very pretentious. Years ago, I rarely made an effort to have anyone listen to my music. To this day, I bet half of my stuff hasn’t been heard by anyone but me. I think that proves that I make music for my own pleasure, not that it’s a bad thing to please other people, but that’s not how I do things. Until about a year ago, I’m not sure I ever really considered getting my music out there for people to listen to. But it was when I started working on Heat Stroke that I decided I wanted it to be a product essentially, for whatever reason.
Aside from the money-sink, I mostly enjoyed doing the extra tasks necessary to get an album out to the digital masses. And that’s why I quickly readied my 2011 album, Punk Rebel Renegade, to be sold as well. I think I sort of mentioned it before somewhere, but since those 2 albums sound similar, it makes me a little uneasy that those songs are basically representing me right now. Those 24 songs are mostly sonically alike. I am proud that I feel like I can pull off angsty songs like “Wildfire” but I can also do more fun songs like “XXX 666” or “A Little Disco.” Those songs are different enough, but I think about my older songs like “Everyone I Know Is an Alcoholic” or “Take It Back” are so different from anything on Heat Stroke or Punk Rebel Renegade that they would stick out like sore thumbs if they appeared on those albums.
Anyway, the short-winded version of what I said in the last 4 paragraphs is this: I kind of want to get Boobs, Butts, and Feets out there so people can hear it somewhere other than a few songs in the video game Rock Band. And that’s because those songs show the more unserious side of me, I think. It’s probably a good idea because I think “Everyone I Know Is an Alcoholic” from BBAF was the first Robby Suavé song anyone ever heard. It was the first song in Rock Band. It was the first song on a short CD-R (remember those?) I would ask people to listen to. And even more than that, like I said, it bothers me that my online discography is just Heat Stroke and Punk Rebel Renegade right now. Those albums are fine, but my older stuff needs to be out there to show another style of music I used to do and plan on revisiting at some point.
I got a decent mix of “Everyone I Know Is an Alcoholic” together a couple nights ago. It was easier to do than I thought, so the idea of doing the rest of the album doesn’t sound like as much of a nightmare as it did a few months ago. I don’t want to rush it though, so you’ll probably get wind of my cover songs before the Boobs, Butts, and Feets release.
Stay tuned. And check me on on Twitter.