With Tres Sasser on guitar/vocals and Kirk Yoquelet on drums, Silvergirl releases their first EP Hello Hello next month. After touring with various bands (most recently Will Hoge), Sasser and Yoquelet broke off to form their own group, blending sweet harmonies and muscular guitar while paying homage to the artful '70s pop of T. Rex and Wings. In this week's conversation, Tres Sasser talks about music styles, drug endorsements and throngs of sorority girls.
Describe your music, please.
We call it "cigarette pop."
What's up with the band name?
"Silvergirl" is from a Simon and Garfunkel song. I believe it's a drug reference in the
song. Not that we endorse drugs or Simon and Garfunkel...well, maybe "Cecilia."
What song would you never want to hear again, and why?
I'm going to answer this one for Kirk. His choice is The Cure, "Just Like Heaven." Only because he was at a party where throngs of sorority girls kept screaming, "show me, show me, show me," over and over again. And I'm going to go say any solo work by Glenn Frey from the Eagles. "Smuuuuggglerrrrs Blues"? I don't think so.
What's the best gig you ever had?
To be honest I'm really excited to be playing with Sloan. They are a band that has definitely had an effect on us and we're all expecting a great show. But since we've haven't played that show yet, I'd have to say playing Woodstock. It wasn't the best show ever, but it was one of the coolest.
What's the worst gig you ever had?
Well...my last band played the Bowery Ballroom in New York. Later at the afterparty some things got out of hand and I was banned from playing there for a year or something. I'll spare you the details, 'cause they're still kind of blurry. But it was funny and not funny at the same time. I can go back now...thank goodness.
What record do you wish you'd made?
Hmmm...people might laugh...but it would be a toss up between Get the Knack by The Knack or A New World Record by E.L.O. I love both of those.
If you could be someone else for 24 hours, who would you be?
Charles Bukowski (writer. poet) would be my first choice, but he's no longer alive. My second choice would be someone like Samuel L. Jackson. I love his acting and his whole vibe.
Who are your favorite Nashville artists/musicians?
There are so many....Doug Lancio (guitarist, producer for Patty Griffin) is the first guy who comes to mind. He consistently inspires me. The Shazam are another band that I love. Also Jetpack, who have come along way since they started out. I see good things for those boys. And I have to mention producer Brad Jones, one of the nicest, most talented guys you'll ever meet.
When and where will you be seen/heard next?
This Sunday at Exit/In with Sloan and then all over Atlanta, Alabama and the South now through June 10. Check out our tour schedule on our Web site, www.silvergirltheband.com.