Treasure Mammal
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Treasure Mammal

Phoenix, Arizona, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014

Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Alternative Avant-garde


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"Treasure Mammal Celebrates a Decade of Loosening Inhibitions"

"You can't 3D-print Obamacare; it's too beautiful."
This is one of the things you could overhear at a Treasure Mammal practice. It's what they're talking about at the moment, but the subject may shift to the "rap-rock vortex," Juggalos, Bud Lite Lime, or bro culture. It's part of the consciousness of the band -- a fixation upon forces that make society generic, absurd, and tasteless -- that somehow is intermeshed with a narrative of positivity and self-improvement. If you've heard any record by the band, it's to be expected.

The obsession with 3D printing is ridiculous but relevant. In the same way you can't 3D-print Obamacare, you can't 3D-print Treasure Mammal. The band's bizarre legacy in the Phoenix music scene just can't be duplicated.

The group, composed of Abe Gil and whoever seems to gravitate around him creatively (the current lineup includes, but is not limited to Gil, Jeff Wright, "Jeff Wrong," Claire Slattery, Ryan Stephenson, and Dave Driscoll), celebrates its 10th year of channeling spirits, igniting bromances, and alienating a few people this year.

The band basically started in 2003 when Gil decided he was burned out on the morose indie rock band he was playing in at the time, Clementine, and decided to do something more constructive.

"I was still going to ASU at the time, and we had a practice one day, and I just thought, 'School sucks. I am singing these songs that make me feel worse. My job sucks. All of this shit sucks.'

"It still took a while to kill Clementine, but after that I was like, 'I'm going to try to have the best time that I can have and still try to change people but also be totally indescribable"

The early material was mostly noise and experimental music, functioning as a duo. However, it was in that period that the seeds were set for it to become a permanent and dynamic project, as Abe decided to persist with Treasure Mammal after his collaborative partner Nick Kroll set off for Yale.

"I was like, 'Fuck, I am sick of starting these projects over and over and over and them dying and having them waste my time.' So Nick left and I decided I wanted to do it on my own and take it into a new direction but keep the name."

Eventually, the project took it's inspiration from both dance music and motivational speakers, exemplified by songs such as "Total Winner" on 2006's Expect the Max.

"I wanted to be kind of like somewhere where Richard Simmons and John Cage met," Gil says.

"And Tony Robbins," says current drummer Jeff Wright.

"Yeah, I probably connected more with Tony Robbins," Gill adds.

"And Jared from Subway," Wright says

The band, oftentimes just Gil, was very volatile in this period, much more physically confrontational than it is now.

"Not that your energy level is down," Wright tells him, "but I used to think you were going to hurt yourself. I used to stand farther back and watch you from afar."

There were a few wake-up calls that this behavior wasn't sustainable.

"There was a show at Trunk Space where I was flailing around, and Djentrification -- we just did a song together and he was pretty excited about it -- [he] was dancing around and I went fwoosh! and hit the fuck out of his face."

"Like Metta World Peace and James Harden," Wright says.

Yeah, I Metta World Peace'd him. I thought, 'I'm trying to do this motivational thing and make people feel good, but at the same time I'm fucking myself up and fucking other people up, this doesn't make any sense.' I wanted to be more stationary, but work other things, work the crowd harder."

Other incidents include Gil breaking a rib as fans dogpiled him at a house show in San Diego in 2006 (he had drank a ton of Sparks, one of the precursors to Four Loko in the alcoholic energy drink market, and thus didn't feel it until the next morning), as well as a show at Modified Arts during the same period in which he accidentally damaged a wall after performing atop the venue's bathroom (this is architecturally hard to explain unless you were going to Modified shows in the mid-2000s.)

The latter incident supposedly compelled a justifiably irate Kimber Lanning to expel Randall, the stuffed unicorn who is often present during Treasure Mammal sets, from her venue.

The project eventually mellowed out a bit. It remains intense and fun, but body parts and inanimate objects are much less likely to be broken. If anything, the Treasure Mammal of today is something that people want to stand in the front for, something that welcomes them to participate. It's like Burning Man, but with a lot more yelling. Claire Slattery, a former fan and current member of Treasure Mammal in a capacity that could best be equated to that of a hype person and a backup dancer, explains the allure of the band:

"The first time I saw Treasure Mammal, just seeing that happen and being so invited by such a genuine person to participate in something that seemed real -- versus something that seems really forced -- felt really good and contagious to me."

Wright also explains the capacity the band has for going against the stiff upper lip of indie rock culture.

"That's what I like about playing with you," he tells Gil. "You challenge people to just let loose and not be pretentious. And that's challenged me as well, because I've come from playing with more indie rock bands and hardcore bands. I've enjoyed it because it's helped me loosen up too. That's what's cool about playing with you, just watching smiles over people's faces, people interacting, moving away from that introverted nature of just standing there."

Gil himself explains what Treasure Mammal's goal is by relaying a story his father told him about his attitude toward mountain biking as a child in Southern California.

"He always told me that the trail itself was pretty difficult. He would always tell me that there would be something inside of me that was unstoppable, but I would have to get mad. Like, I would have to fall off my bike or something would have to happen where I would get irritated and work through it, and then at that point I would destroy the rest of the trail," Gil says.

"I feel like that somehow connects with doing Treasure Mammal. I don't feel like I am a motivational speaker anymore. I feel like that time is done. For me, I feel like it's a good balance between love and hate for the system and weird things like that. The main purpose is to break down conservative walls and conservative mindframes and not just go to a show and be halfway into something.

"Go all in and lose your inhibitions," Gil says, not only with regard to how he and his bandmates should operate, but how the crowd should feel at a Treasure Mammal show as well.

"It's not for everybody. But, the people I think who are into it, the small percentage of people who are into it, I think a lot of them are lifers," Gil says.

"So, I'll do me and you do you," Gil says in the song "Stevie Wonder to the Bullshit" off of 2012's Checkognize. It's emblematic of how members of the band have worked with each other and how the band has worked with its audience over the past 10 years. It's an affirmation of asserting one's individuality and the awkwardness, but more importantly the joy that can bring. The talk is always real talk with Treasure Mammal, and you are always welcome to participate. - Phoenix New Times

"Phoenix's Treasure MammaL Joins Forces with Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne"

Treasure MammaL has been one of the weirdest musical acts in Phoenix for a decade, and soon the rest of the country will share Phoenix's spirit animal.
Treasure MammaL has been invited by the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne to play on his upcoming compilation tribute to the Beatles' classic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Treasure MammaL will add its rendition of "She's Leaving Home" to the effort, which also will feature guest appearances by Miley Cyrus, Tame Impala, Foxygen, Zorch, Birdflower, and -- if Coyne gets his way -- My Morning Jacket and Sleigh Bells.

"That's the cool thing. There are these megastars and then us and Bird Flower and this crazy noise band Zorch," said Treasure MammaL frontman Abe Gil. "Our audience will get wider. Just the chance to be on it is pretty fucking rad, and if it gives a ton of people just a small glimpse of us and to hear us, I think it'll be a really good thing."

The compilation invite came as a direct result of Treasure MammaL's March 15 performance at Coyne's Oklahoma City art gallery, The Womb. Needless to say, the gig went extremely well, despite the fact that it was booked last minute and actually happened a day earlier than Gil expected.

"I was super-skeptical at first. Everything was up in the air until I saw this Instagram photo of this gigantic photo on the window in front of The Womb gallery, and I was like, 'Now we're talking,'" Gil says. "A week goes by. My girlfriend is moving to Seattle, and I'm in the dumps, big time. All of the sudden, Wayne Coyne texts me, like, 'Hey, this is Wayne from the Flaming Lips.'"

Coyne asked Gil to do a track from the aforementioned Beatles record and Gil chose "She's Leaving Home" because it differed from the Treasure MammaL norm and he welcomed the challenge.
"We put it all together like two nights before [the band left to tour], and we basically changed the whole song. My friend Ryan Breen, who is basically my producer, and I worked on it," Gil says.

The scheduling dispute made it so Gil had to drive 12 hours straight from Flagstaff to Norman, Oklahoma, to make the gig. But fatigue could not stop the bearded weirdo from putting on his best show possible. As a special grand finale for the crowd, Gil unleashed his rendition of "She's Leaving Home" on the crowd.

"I think it was that the show went so well and just our aesthetic and what we do. He's [Coyne] kind of all about wacko psychedelic shit. I don't know. I just feel like it's [Treasure MammaL] on his wavelength, happy, weird psychedelic at times but also motivational," Gil says.

Treasure MammaL hopes to use the compilation appearance to broaden its audience as well as entice Cyrus to collaborate with the band.

"Fuck, yeah, dude, that cumbia death metal -- we are going to try and get her on that," says Gil. - Phoenix New Times

"Best Show of 2013: Treasure Mammal at the Trunk Space"

Best Show of 2013: Treasure Mammal at the Trunk Space

Sure, Treasure Mammal has probably played the Trunk Space a few times this year, but if you were at this show then you definitely know which show I'm talking about. The show - The Treasure Mammal 10 Years of Cumming Full Circle show at the Trunk Space which happened over two nights last November (11/1-11/2/2013).

Friday got the ball rolling with its all star line-up featuring Cherie Cherie, Vial of Sound, Back Ted N'Ted, and Roar. Pleasure Flannel (not quite Treasure Mammal) performed as well that evening.

The party spilled into the following Saturday with HotRock Supa Joint, Playboy Manbaby, Minibosses, Fathers Day, and more. There was even a surprising (and life-changing) appearance by local heroes Andrew Jackson Jihad.

The highlight of the two-day extravaganza was definitely Treasure Mammal's performance. Two live drummers, Jef Wright and Jef Wrong, performed in matching jeweled and bedazzled cowboy shirts sporting glittering penises ejaculating in sparkles. T. Mammal dancer A Claire Slattery started the evening with much longer hair then she ended it with. Finally, a human tunnel was formed by the crowd at the end of the set leading out into the Trunkspace parking lot while Abe and crew cruised through it in a motorized shopping cart. Now, that's how you throw a party! - Yabyum


Still working on that hot first release.



Abelardo Gil is a mild mannered,
teacher/motivator of the one-man entity
called Treasure Mammal. Treasure
Mammal was born in Valencia,Venezuela,
learned in Los Angeles, and grown up in
Phoenix over the last decade.

A Treasure Mammal show now consists
of Abe armed with a sampler, microphone, two drummers and two dancers that are dressed in spandex. Performances are funny,
abrasive, interactive, inspiring,
motivating and leaves the audience
feeling as if they have traveled a great
distance, coming out better people on
the other side. Instrumentation includes:
circuit bent instruments, childrens toys,
Casio keyboards, guitars, drum machines,
and computer generated loops.

Treasure Mammal has recently opened
for: Matt & Kim, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr,
High Places, Ponytail, Sic Alps, Health,
The The Octopus Project, XBXRX, The MiniBosses, Mae Shi, and Barr 

Treasure Mammal is meditation; It is an entity that brings people together through love and chaos. This entity
that gets created at shows empowers the people by making them realize that each individual has something
great to offer their community. Although Treasure Mammal can be personified by one, Abelardo Gil, Treasure
Mammal is actually a mixture of every person in the world simultaneously laughing and eating Smarties.

Phoenix-based musician/motivational speaker Abelardo Gil aka Treasure Mammal has been spreading
his special message of self esteem and physical fitness across the United States and beyond since 2002. Over
that time Treasure Mammal has appeared on numerous noise comps, released a series of 7s, as well as four
full length albums. His latest, You Wish I Was Channeling Your Spirit released on Dreamy Draw Records, was
a hit on college radio charting consistently in the top 30 at stations in Austin, Los Angeles, and Greensboro.

When describing his current sound, Gil explains, Treasure Mammal is about community. There is a
small distinct community in each song and I feel very fortunate to be graced with the presence of the great

performers/musicians that have helped make that possible.
Hooray 4 building community! Put your hands in the middle,
wave em like you just dont care, step outside the safety zone
that you have built yourself, love yourself, take care of the
people you love, and live everyday like it was the last!!!.

Each live Treasure Mammal performance is a unique
barrier breaking performance. His engaging live shows have
made him the preffered opener for bands such as Health and
The Octopus Project. He has also become a frequent
performer at The Smell, the center point of Los Angeles
burgeoning noise/experimental scene, having played over 10
shows there in the last year.

Using a patchwork of beats for the body, analog syn-
thesizers, and rhymes clearer than Crystal Pepsi, Treasure
Mammal speaks to the listener about establishing goals. The
only positive addiction in the world of Treasure Mammal is
the addiction to over-achieving. Positive life- lessons can be
found like hidden gems within each track.

How we feel about ourselves crucially affects virtually
every aspect of our experience, from the way we function at
work, in love, in sex, to the way we operate as parents, to how
high in life we are likely to rise. Our responses to the happen-
ings in our everyday life are shaped by who and what we think
we are.

Treasure Mammal helps the listener channel the
positive energy of high self-esteem and self- motivation into a
sound action plan and firm foundation for future growth,
greater character, and a more promising future.

On Your mark. Get set. Goal! 

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