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Debut album 'Sweethead' set for release in the Spring of 2009 (PIAS)



Mix equal parts Troy Van Leeuwen, guitar (current Queens Of The Stone Age-r and proud alum of A Perfect Circle and Failure), Serrina Sims, vocals (fresh blood), Norm Block, drums (Mark Lanegan Band, Plexi), and Eddie Nappi, bass (Mark Lanegan Band, Handsome) and you get the potent musical cocktail SWEETHEAD. These guys and a girl came together in 2007 over a mutual lust to bring that swagger back to rock music. Oh, and to write some cool songs, too.
The SWEETHEAD debut album was recorded over 2007 and 2008 in part at Perfect Circle Studios (where the A.P.C. albums 13th Step and Emotive were recorded) thanks to the kind support of Billy Howerdel lending both his studio and engineering assistance to the cause. The rest of the album was recorded at Van Leeuwen’s own studio, Casa De Leones, and Norm Block’s place, Happy Endings Studios, with Troy serving as producer of the record. Van Leeuwen was on a seemingly endless touring and album recording cycle with Queens Of The Stone Age during that period, but spent every spare second of down time getting the SWEETHEAD album finished. And the results make him smile. “I think it’s a very dark and sexy rock and roll record.”
Van Leeuwen describes the opening track of the album, “The Great Disruptors,” this way, “That song announced to me that this collection of songs was going to be a record. There seemed to be a culmination of the band gelling together and the songwriting taking on a form that sounds like no one else and is definitively SWEETHEAD. The song sets the tone for the record.” Subsequent tracks like “Turned Our Backs,” “Sinkhole International,” “P.I.G.” and “Arcane Arcade” further typify SWEETHEAD’s belligerence toward the “middle of the road.” The more melancholy songs, “The Other Side” and ‘The Last Evening” illuminate the darker side of pondering, while “Remote Control Boys” has its tongue firmly planted in cheek. The sexiest of the tracks, “Amazing Vanishing Conquest,” drips with passionate longing and “The Hardspun” is SWEETHEAD’s idea of a musical amuse bouche.
So, what about that name, SWEETHEAD? Serrina sums it up, “There were some B-sides from “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust” record, one of those being the song “Sweet Head.” I love Bowie, but this song seemed lyrically scattered and intense, frustrated, sexy, rude and withdrawn all at the same time. I thought it would be interesting to call the band Sweethead, since the namesake song encompassed the essence of rock and roll and the fallout of its extravagances.”
Now that the Q.O.T.SA. schedule has eased up recently, there’s finally plenty of time to get SWEETHEAD off and running. Troy’s excited about the road ahead, “I think we can tour with any band. SWEETHEAD doesn’t have to be a band that only fits in one category.”
SWEETHEAD are set to tour throughout 2009 and beyond in support of their record and are damn hot and bothered about it.