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Interview: Sweet Thing - No Artificial Flavour

Sweet Thing

Unlike other interviews, I was more stoked than shy to interview Sweet Thing backstage at the Horseshoe Tavern for the sole reason that they're hilarious.

I've been lead to believe that through their past interviews, blogs, and videos. I could tell right away as we shook hands they dropped all pretentiousness at the door. Whether you're a fan of pop-rock or not, you've got to be a fan of Sweet Thing because they're all about making music and making people laugh. Who'd ever say no to love and laughter?

With two singles already on the radio, the self-titled debut album from Sweet Thing will be out August 17. The five piece band went the distance to record the album, leaving Toronto for the city of angels. Nick Rose (guitar, vocals) tells me it's because they found noted record producer Rob Schnapf who lives in L.A. He's produced albums for Beck, Foo Fighters, and the late Elliott Smith.

"He was like 'why don't you just come to our home?' It made more sense because he knew all the cool places to go, studio wise. So we all went down for two months and made the record," Rose explains.

"We wanted to be as much like Motley Crue as possible" jokes Morgan Waters (bass). I could already tell he's the jokester of the band. We'd get along just great.

When asked what fans can expect from the album, Waters humorously chimes in again, saying "jock jams!"

In their bio, the band describes their sound as "music to dance like a dork to". One of the best descriptions I've ever read. The last time they played at the Horseshoe Tavern, everyone did just that. What music does Sweet Thing dance like a dork to? Waters tells me it's Abba and Britney Spears. You got to love a man who's not ashamed to say that.

Seeing as the band has been playing shows since 2005, I can imagine the songs they've created throughout the years are widespread. Only the musicians themselves know how difficult it is to pick and choose what goes on an album. Owen Carrier (vocals), who I insist is the reincarnation of Elvis – check him out on stage, you'll understand – knows all about that ordeal.

"We had a bunch of songs. We've been together for five years, before album number one. We went through this writing phase and when Rob came in to check out what we had, we had more than what we ended up recording. A lot of those songs are kept to the side," Carrier explains.

"There's new ones we've been writing," Waters says. "We've already started thinking about the next album."

It's quite refreshing to see such ambition coming from young musicians that have been around only for a few years. Halfway through the interview it was clear that Sweet Thing show no signs of slowing down, planning to pump out hit after hit and album after album.

Another way the band's been keeping busy is their YouTube channel. Their videos show how playful the band can be when on tour or during their off days. Why the Comedy Network hasn't called them up with an offer is beyond me. But, maybe it is a good idea the band sticks to playing sweet music, at least for now.

Waters agrees that personality is really important in a band. "We're a pop band. A big part of it is entertainment. It's great to have not just the music, but the internet and doing videos. It's different ways in which we can be creative and have a voice. And we just like acting like idiots."

Like the 20 million people and counting that use Twitter, bands are a part of that statistic. Nowadays, bands like Sweet Thing use Twitter and their MySpace blogs to keep in touch with fans. Waters says it's important to be different when everyone else is jumping on that bandwagon.

"There's so many bands and so much stuff, so much clutter with the internet. It's important to stand out," he says.

"And add more clutter!" Carrier and Rose joke.

When asked if it's all fun and games for them on tour as it is for this interview, Carrier tells me the band has a lot of quiet moments when the camera's not turned on. But, he insists, it's all in perspective. The band, surprisingly enough, has an off switch.

"It's not like we're wacky all the time," Waters says. "We're not Robin Williams." Everyone laughs.

All jokes aside, the band fills me in on what's next on their agenda. I was personally hoping for more collaboration between The Arkells and The Dustin Bentall Outfit (they call themselves Dwayne Gretzy) but instead, it's working on their new music video for "Change of Season". Rose tells me they'll be flying back to L.A. to shoot it. Hopefully, it'll top the cinematic masterpiece that is "Dance Mother".

It seems like there's never a stale moment for the band. Before heading off to grab a drink and catch their performance, I couldn't help but ask them what the sweetest thing in life was. Rose says it's his new apartment, and Carrier claims his love for bike lanes.

"I would say this album, just to be professional," Waters replies with wit. Never a stale moment.