A “Rick and Morty” concept album from New York rock band Dreamers? Never say never.
It’ll probably be never. But the “Sweet Disaster” artists, who played the BMI stage at Austin City Limits Music Festival on Saturday, are fans of the Adult Swim show. Lead singer and guitarist Nick Wold gave a fan’s Mr. Poopybutthole flag — it’s a character from the show, don’t worry about it — a shoutout from the stage. We caught up with the band on Facebook Live after their set to talk “Rick and Morty,” Ice Cube and singing about the darker things in life.
Austin360: You did an interview during Meadows Fest and you said you like playing in Austin.
Nick Wold: I was just buttering you up for this interview. It’s not really true. No, we’ve always loved Austin. It’s one of the best music cities.
Jacob Wick, drummer: I’ve been drunk here. I’ve thrown up in your trash cans. I’ve rolled around in your dirt. I’ve been very sick here before. These all sound like negative things, but I had a great time the whole time I was doing all these things. Love it here. Love the food. Love the people.
NW: It’s the blue center in the big red state.
JW: The oasis.
Marc Nelson, bassist: It’s like a Gobstopper.
Austin360: Speaking of coming to Austin, I saw that y’all tweeted you were on a plane with Ice Cube.
NW: It’s true. We don’t make this s— up.
JW: We had a very different experience than him. He was in first class. We were —
NW: We were in the very last row in the very back.
JW: Basically in the bathroom. Every 10 minutes there was this horrible smell.
NW: A septic smell coming out of the bathroom.
JW: I almost threw up the last hour of the flight.
NW: I’ll bet Cube didn’t have that up in the front.
Austin360: A lot of y’all’s lyrics, you’re not afraid to skirt some of the darker things in life, one might say. But musically, you keep things kind of light. Can you tell us a little bit about what you’re trying to communicate through y’all’s music?
NW: I think music and all art should cover every topic and never hold back. I always loved music that just told it like it was and went after things that sometimes people don’t like to talk about. … I’m like the guy who’s at the party who likes to have a deep conversation but finds it fun, and some people are like, “Ah, this sucks.” But I like that. I think that music can be like that. It can be fun and it can be about the deepest things in the world. Like the Beatles talking about the universe and the answer to all your problems. All you need is love.
Austin360: Speaking of the universe, there was a “Rick and Morty” Mr. Poopybutthole flag at the set. Do y’all have a favorite “Rick and Morty” episode, character, scene?
JW: I’m so horrible with favorites. The only favorite I have is ice cream and it’s mint chip. I mean, other than that, I can’t pick one.
NW: “Rick and Morty” is one of our favorite shows.
JW: That show is my favorite. I think that’s what I can say. That show is my favorite above most and all shows.
MN: What’s the one with the brain organism that makes false memories? That was good.
NW: It’s a parasite that makes memories of you living with it your whole life.
JW: Which is where Mr. Poopybutthole was introduced.
MN: That’s a good one.
NW: I already love sci-fi, and that show, just every moment of it, I can’t believe how much I love this. It’s exactly my kind of show, and it’s genius.
Austin360: So you’re saying we could have a “Rick and Morty” concept album from Dreamers.
NW: You never know.
JW: If we get high enough, yeah.
NW: A hit single called “Mr. Meeseeks.”
JW: The single’s “Hey, look at me.”
Dreamers is set to play Emo’s in November and will be back here “probably 1,000 times, until we’re dead, and that’s the only time we’ll stop,” according to Wold. Watch our Facebook Live interview with band:
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