Treasure MammaL's "Real Talk Diaries" Chapter Six
Good morning, Treasure MammaL! Enjoy a tween serenade!
Saturday, March 17, 10:00 a.m.
Today is our "off day," with only one show booked. But it's a big one, at Barbarella near Sixth Street, Austin's main drag. Treasure MammaL was put on the bill by Josh Lambert of The Octopus Project, so the pressure's on.
Luckily, the show isn't until 5:00 p.m., giving us a chance to recover and get a group breakfast at Cherrywood Coffeehouse. I see The Onion in print edition for the first time, and we are treated to a series of pop-punk serenades, courtesy "SXSW Teen Rock Brunch."
Just another start to another day.
Spirit Animal, the band preceding us, are jock rock to the max. In a way, they're the perfect band to open for Treasure Mammal. A reminder of why Abe does what he does. While Spirit Animal tears down their equipment, Abe is led upstage to introduce his act to the lazy patio crowd.
"I think my Spirit Animal is a cheeseburger," Abe professes. "Follow us inside if you want to have some fun."
(Later, Abe admits what he really wanted to say: "'Hey, Spirit Animal. That show made me feel exactly how I felt watching 2 girls, 1 cup.' You can quote me on that in your article, Tye.")
Quang Hong Trinh
I'm somewhat more muted on the subject, but understand Abe's competitiveness today: Barbarella may be our highest-profile show. We're prepared. Seven Mammals suit up for this performance, and busting out every prop: Shake Weights, yoga mat, gas mask, wizard's costume, creepy hooded black body suit, even (especially) the juicer.
Quang Hong Trinh "Juice! Juice! Juice!"
This is another "shock 'n' awesome" show. More people than usual glue themselves to the wall, as far away from the dancing (and juicing) as possible. Abe's chant, "Fuck, Baby Jesus, I can't wait! No fuck that, I can't wait!" doesn't go over well. But out of every show this week, Barbarella's crowd flashes some of the biggest first-time smiles.
What's surprised me most this tour is how well other musicians have reacted to Treasure MammaL. Maybe they're the ones who most appreciate a surprise, an X factor, in the
music world. Love it or not, our show reaffirms that anything goes when creating art. I feel like these performances are a rallying cry for other musicians, not a diss (except for, perhaps, Spirit Animal). At the beginning of a show, it may be hard to recognize, but by the end, it seems like most people do.
Quang Hong Trinh The author, exploring his role in Treasure MammaL