Release Date: Apr 12, 2011
Record label: Goner Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Punk Revival
Quintron’s 13th album, Sucre du Sauvage (“Sugar of the Savages”), is, among other things, another chapter in the ongoing life-as-art odyssey of Quintron, his wife Miss Pussycat, and their whirring contraption and eternal houseguest, the Drum Buddy. It’s also a tribute to New Orleans that sounds nothing like the Treme soundtrack. Recorded and mixed entirely in and around the New Orleans Museum of Art—quite a stunt—the album’s “making-of” legend could easily have overshadowed its music.
Though it was recorded in a museum, Sucre du Sauvage more than lives up to its name, sounding more savage than studious (or sweet, for that matter). It’s not surprising for Quintron and Miss Pussycat to find a unique setting for their music, and the New Orleans Museum of Art certainly fit the bill. Just to make things more interesting, they recorded there for four months in a completely public, open space, yet Quintron's goal was to ignore the public as he made music.
Sucre du Sauvage is as much an exhibition catalog as it is an album. Quintron and wife/collaborator/puppeteer Miss Pussycat recorded these tracks during a three-month residency at the New Orleans Museum of Art, where he built a makeshift studio and hung a few 19th century portraits for inspiration. Each morning he would clock in and spend the day laying down heavy beats, short jams, snippets of melody, and random sonic sketches, all in full view of every museumgoer who wandered over to his corner of the gallery.