|Photo by Ed Neary|
There’s no doubt about it: Yoko Molotov is an interesting lady. On one hand, she’s a musician who plays bass and sings in Sweatermeat, a three-piece that I’d consider to be one of Louisville’s finest weirdo rock bands. If you haven’t had the chanced to hear the noise they make, do yourself a favor by listening to a song of theirs titled “Hairy Arms” below:
On the other hand, Yoko is also an accomplished visual artist who is quickly becoming known for her graphic, sometimes vulgar anime drawings. A few months ago, she released an art book called “Smut: 100 Filthy Drawings” which is currently available online. Get a sample of what she’s been up to by visiting her facebook page, where she seemingly posts at least one new drawing a day.
As intriguing as Yoko Molotov seems to be, she also comes across as being very kind and receptive, as she accepted our request for a quick interview. Read on as we talk briefly about her band, her drawings, and a bit about what makes her tick..
Never Nervous: How did Sweatermeat start? Is there a fascinating origin story?
Yoko Molotov: Sweatermeat started in John’s kitchen. He plays guitar and writes most of the songs. He and a couple of friends taught me how to play bass. We used rulers and broken instruments and recorded our ceremonies of worship to dogs and wasps every Saturday on a shitty little tape plater in the summer heat, until we had a deranged tape called Silly Tits.
NN: What does the future of Sweatermeat entail?
YM: Right now we are playing two shows, this Friday, October 17th and on Halloween (both at Kaiju) and then Sweatermeat is taking a little break. We are going to crawl into a cocoon and metamorphose. I am also in a new band called the Tycoons of Teen with members of Dry Summers, Bad Star and Plastic Bubble. We play really distorted, fuzzy, depraved girl rock songs about obsession and unhealthy relationships!
NN: Are there plans for a proper record release or touring?
YM: Yes! Yes! Exciting plans, but it’s a secret for now.
NN: How would you describe Sweatermeat to someone that hasn’t heard you?
YM: Remember that episode of Sesame Street that guest starred Andy Kaufman, the Ramones and Paul McCarthy? And there were naked butts and boobies and 3 chord punk with puppets and pranks? That’s what our band is about (that episode never happened but should have).
NN: As a bass player, are there any musicians in particular that get you excited about your instrument?
YM: I like to play my bass like a harpy. I don’t play my bass right, but I like it. Dee Dee Ramone is my patron saint. When I see Zack Perez of Hanoi Jane or when I see Leila from the Vibrola’s play I’m like WOW NEAT I can’t play like that, but dang they are so good!
NN: While I’m certainly not a visual art critic of any kind, I can certainly say that I find your art interesting. What can you tell us about this endeavor?
YM: Drawing is the most important thing to me. I do it almost every single day.
NN: How long have you been at it, and what inspired you initially?
YM: I have been drawing for a very long time, as long as I have conscious memory. It is essential to my identity and my life.
NN: Is there a reason that, for the most part, you choose to animate females in promiscuous situations, rather than men?
YM: I like girls better. I can relate to them better. It’s my anima expressing herself.
NN: I could understand people seeing some of the images you create as being somewhat offensive, as I’ve seen a few of your pieces that portray graphic nudity. What would you say to anyone that may have taken your material the wrong way?
YM: I don’t care to talk to people that don’t get it. My art is not for them. My art is for me and people like me. I am very introverted that way.
NN: What current bands in Louisville have you been excited about lately?
NN: Considering that it’s October, would you care to talk about one of your favorite horror films?
YM: Awww… one of my very favorites is Creep Show! I love the Jordy Verrill part! Anytime Stephen King is anywhere in any way I get tickled. He’s such an ape of a human.
NN: Talk about the last record you bought. Who was the band/artist, what was the album, where’d you buy it, and how’d you feel about it?
NN: Before you go, talk in a bit of detail about your favorite album of 2015.
YM: I haven’t been listening to a lot of new music lately. Been dwelling in the cold rainy realm of the UK. A lot of jangle pop and post punk. I did however, listen to the new Tropical Trash record (killer) and Insect Policy’s (so weird <3) release this year and was mightily impressed.