Don’t Trim the Mustache: Steaksauce Mustache Presents Superwoke
Hearing Steaksauce Mustache’s music for the first time is like biting into a steak and finding that it is so good, there is no need to wipe off the Steaksauce Mustasche before going in for another bite. Their unique brand of “chaotic rock’n’roll,” along with super fun live shows, has given them a reputation of good music and good fun. We caught up with vocalist Taylor Bates via email just before they hit the road on their Denim Diaper Daddies Tour.
Rogue Valley Messenger: Where do you find your inspiration for your songs?
Taylor Bates: We’re a pretty diverse and odd group of ducklings, all with different quirks and quacks. We all enjoy our own tastes, hobbies and activities, but the one major common thread that we share is a love for eccentric goofy humor, followed with a love of music. Some more than others.
Our guitarist studies business, marketing and enjoys swinging his hips via salsa dancing. Our bassist illustrates, animates and partners with Sick Animation on shorts that play on comedy central and Adult Swim. Our drummer sells mattresses and enjoys buffalo wild wings, monster energy drinks (low carb of course) and pay per view wrestling. Our vocalist edits an international TV show, does graphic design for bands on the side, and really hates finding someone else’s toenail clippings in his carpet. All of those key factors tie into our writing process.
RVM: Some would call your music “angry yelling;” you call it “chaotic rock’n’roll.” What’s the difference?
TB: Our angry yelling has instruments behind it.
Music is a very broad spectrum and can convey an incredible range of emotions and sounds that potentially cater to the feelings of a very diverse range of people in different ways. What some listeners might find jarring, off-putting and noisy, others find to be passionate, exciting and inspirational. There are a lot of genres or styles that we personally might not enjoy, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have validity or carry importance to someone else. It just depends on if the individual who’s listening is open to what’s being played. Not everyone is going to love what we write, so with that in mind, we write what we enjoy playing.
The main ambition of Steaksauce Mustache as a band is to entertain. Our performances can only be described as a chaotic ballet of partytastic comedy. We know that even if someone doesn’t love our music, if they see one of our shows, they’ll leave the venue with unforgettable memories of a group of children disguised as adults dawning diapers and American flag wrestling singlets, dumping sleeping bags filled with balloons and bouncy balls onto a raging swarm of people covered in party streamers and swatting at each other with pool noodles.
The angry yelling was merely the ambience to which the true performance was happening in front of.
RVM:: You have some interesting videos available on your website SteakSauceMustache.com and YouTube; what part do they play in your music?
TB: Our ultimate business strategy is to push Steaksauce Mustache into a full time global entertainment conglomerate. Instead of concerts, we want to hold arena sized rock opera tours with full size animatronic talking dinosaurs and a professional Morgan Freeman impersonation voice over. We want to write, direct and star in our own mockumentary. We want to create our own streaming platform, with all original shows which only feature us. We have more ideas about creating videos than we do about writing songs. As a bonus to that attribute, people tend to share goofy videos more than they share a new song.
If you saw a video of a man shaving his beard so that another man could eat that beard, wouldn’t you want to know what their band sounds like, and what the beard tastes like?
RVM: Your new album Superwoke is coming out in March; how does it differ from your past work?
TB: Our new album Superwoke is the greatest album ever made. Our last album Eat What We Kill For You was the most mediocre album ever made, and our first album The Almighty Aardvoctomalark was the worst album ever made.
A slew of factors helped us push this album into being the greatest album of all time. The key difference between our previous works of art being: Everything.
6:45 pm, Saturday, March 9
The Haul, 121 SW H Street, Grants Pass