They call themselves the “pioneers” of “Space-Rock-Bump-n-Grind.”
They are Handsomebeast, and they are here to entertain in their fun and strange ways.
Take for instance their video for their song “Nevada.”
There’s no immediate need for bizarre space aliens in this production – but Handsomebeast does as Handsomebeast does.
That’s cool with us. This Houston-based band writes fun tunes, produces off-center videos, and must keep their fans really happy. (Note: my wife wanted to dance after hearing half a Handsomebeast song.)
So raise a glass and get ready to trip the light fantastically.
Handsomebeast is headed your way and they come bearing “Space-Rock-Bump-n-Grind.”
NAMES: Nick Serena / Jacob Rodriguez
AGES (if you want to give it up): Never!
BAND: Handsomebeast (one word, people!) (@handsomebeasttx)
POSITION: Singer (Nick) / bassist & producer (Jacob)
HOMETOWN: Washington, DC (Nick) / Houston, TX (Jacob)
1. What is your earliest musical memory?
Nick: Watching my uncles jam in my living room whenever the family would get together. My Uncle Ramiro used a Corona bottle as a guitar slide. Hot stuff.
Jacob: My dad had a ton of oldies in his jukebox. He had a man cave with a pool table and the family would hang out on holidays to jam, dance, and play some billiards all night til the sun rose. That’s what got me into everything from James Brown, the Temptations, Percy Sledge, Ramon Ayala, Selena, Hank WIlliams, to Rockin’ Sydney and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
2. What has been your most embarrassing musical moment?
Nick: Trying to take a selfie of the crowd at the end of our DC show the other week and having my phone pop up with the message “Your storage is full.”
Jacob: Playing drums at a show and kicking the beater straight through the drum head. Or Having Tony (our keyboard player) drunkenly try to sit on the bass amp (with wheels) and fall on his ass, then yell “What the hell, Jacob?!?!”
3. What do you like and dislike about touring?
Nick: The funniest two people I know are in the band, Tony and Jacob (don’t tell him!); and Carlos/Peewee/I aren’t slackers either, so I stay laughing for literally days. There’s also an added energy when playing our music for new audiences out of town. We play with a lot of pride. The thing I dislike is stressing about the success of the tour, instead of just enjoying every moment.
Jacob: I really dislike van problems. I know tires blowout and engines will malfunction, but it stresses me out when it happens so far from home. Usually we have a guy that can help us out with that, but on the road it can get really pricey. I do love to visit new cities with my best buddies and make fun of the new accents we encounter.
4. What is your favorite record store, anywhere in the world?
Nick: Cactus Music in Houston, Texas! I’ve spent quite a bit of time there. Also shoutout to the Mushroom in New Orleans.
Jacob: I love Vinyl Edge on 19th in Houston. Excellent Fela Kuti selection. But I have yet to travel the world, so I do not know my favorite just yet.
5. Other than your own music, what is your favorite song or album of all-time? Why?
Nick: That is a cruel question to ask us to name just one…I REFUSE! Top 5 is AM by Arctic Monkeys, In Rainbows by Radiohead, Back To Black by Amy Winehouse, Room On Fire by the Strokes and the self-titled by St. Vincent. I apologize profusely to my children who I left off of this list. These albums either revolutionized my ideas of how music could be made, or made me nostalgic for things I hadn’t even experienced yet.
Jacob: This is ridiculously hard to answer. I have listened to Axis Bold as Love by the Jimi Hendrix Experience more times than I can count. But I have yet to hear an album like Flying Lotus’ Until the Quiet Comes.
All I know is that no song makes me cry faster than Santo & Johnny’s “Sleep Walk.” I mean come on, it ends the movie La Bamba and it reminds me of my pops :’)
6. You wake up in a seedy Berlin hotel room with no recollection of the past 96 hours. Who is your first call?
Nick: My girlfriend Laura, to engage damage-control procedures as soon as possible and to work on gaining some sort of leverage in negotiations.
Jacob: My brother G-Man. He will handle the situation. That is if he is not on the floor beside me with a loaded .22 and a michelada.
Lead-In Image Courtesy of Handsomebeast and Photographer Daniel Jackson
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