Local glam pop kingpins Sphynx on the perils of hot pants and perfect summer jams

Glam funk band Sphynx celebrates an album release at Cheer Up Charlie’s on Satuday.

Our favorite fabulously mustachioed glitz pop fanatics, Sphynx, have been on the road this summer spreading their ebullient grooves across the country. They swing back into town this weekend for a Saturday glam slam at Cheer Up Charlie’s which also serves as the release party for their excellent new full length “Golden Garden,” a glittery platter of sing-along synth jams that will earworm its way into your summer soundtrack.

As a bonus, they are also dropping a new EP, “Spacecamp,” which includes this gem they debuted this week.

We caught up with the guys on tour to talk about the new album, life on the road and the perils of performing in hot pants.

Austin360: This album feels very summery. In your mind what makes the perfect summer jam?

Aaron Miller: We’re glad that comes through! Most of the album was recorded over the summer a few years ago when we were living in assorted trailers/RVs around Cory’s recording studio in Kyle. There’s a lot of Texas summer sweat behind these tracks. For us, a summer jam needs to have warm textures, preferably some washy analog synths. Being pop musicians, we’re suckers for some catchy vocal layers on top of that. Throw in some choice percussion and serve on a light bed of reverb and flange (but don’t over season!) and it’s a safe bet you’re in our summer playlists.

Y’all have been touring pretty extensively, how’s it going?

It’s been amazing so far. We spent a lot of 2016 writing and recording, so hitting the road again feels really good. We just got back from the Western U.S. where we played some spots we haven’t been to in a couple years and to have people who’ve kept up with us come out is a special thing. A lot happens in two years, but those few hours dancing and singing can sort of feel isolated from the progression of time.

Any good road stories?

Quite a few! There’s the time we accepted an invite into a stranger’s camper and learned 30 minutes into hanging out that he told us he was a few years out of prison for murder. There’s the time we were detained by border patrol and promoted the band to a bunch of agents while a dog sniffed through our car. One of our all time faves is probably our first time through New York, when our RV died in the middle of the Jersey turnpike. We put a jumper battery on the floor of the passenger seat and ran cables out the window and under the hood, duct-taping them to the dead battery and sputtering into NYC with our hazards on, elated that we survived and celebrating by immediately getting lost on the subway.

Are folks surprised you’re so glitzy? Do you blow their perception of what a Texas band should be?

Some people definitely are. Lots of times when we get to a venue to soundcheck, there’ll be a few regulars day drinking who ask where we’re from. Then they ask if we play blues or country or say something about Stevie Ray Vaughn. Once we’re in show attire and playing, it’s not uncommon to drive a few of them out. The inverse happens too though and we’ve made a few fans outside our main demographic that way. We’re making our maiden voyage to the U.K. this fall so it’ll be interesting to see what they think of a glam band from Texas.

What can people expect from the release party this weekend?

We’ll be playing a bunch of new songs for the first time from our new EP and album, which are being released on the same day. The lineup is awesome from top to bottom, we’ve got our friends Ooni, Whiite Walls, and a really cool artist from Philadelphia called Little Strike. DJ Ramesh is closing it down. Also, we’ve learned some choice covers for this tour and will be playing a few really fun ones.

Finally, y’all really like to wear tight pants. Ever had a catastrophic and/or amazing wardrobe malfunction?

We’ve been mostly spared from wardrobe malfunctions and have learned to make sure our pants have a decent spandex to denim ratio. However, two years ago at SXSW I (Aaron) did rip my pants at the crotch while doing a set-ending power slide, it made for a pretty emphatic finale. The other downside of wearing white pants is they show everything, like the time Todd cut himself while playing and ended the set with his pants covered in blood.


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