Sweeties: Trevor Piedra, guitar and vocals; Andrew Thomas Fleming, lead guitar; and Peter Antonio Stolp, percussion. Stolp answered a few questions by e-mail.
Who plays bass? "On our recordings, Drew plays the bass. We're kind of hoping John Paul Jones gets in touch with us, but (we're) not entirely holding our breath on that one. Live, we don't play with a bass. We'll add a bass player to this band when the right person comes along. Being a three-piece makes for comfy van rides. Actually, I take that back. Often our van is so crowded with our drunk friends that a few of us wind up sitting on the floor. Most of the time they're so busy getting f---ed up and trying to pull guys/chicks that they don't even watch us play."
Live: "We do harmonize live. As far as what we look like, it kind of depends on the setting. House shows are our favorite; in this case someone is usually pouring beer on us and falling on our equipment. Then there's really no telling what we'll sound like, but we'll look wet ... and wet is sexy."
Commonalities, differences: "Collectively I'll say that in our youth and now we've been most influenced by punk, Motown, pop, and rock 'n' roll combined with life experience. We're kicking ass at the RPG of life. None of that Warcraft s--- though; I'm talking life where you don't learn unless you work hard for your happiness and gain experience in doing it yourself. Sprinkle a bit of just learning what not to do through the observation of other people's f--- ups and that'd be the recipe we've followed."
Parental influences? "We all learned from our dads, and I think there has been little in the way of formal lessons. Kudos to our parents for letting us make noise throughout our entire lives."
Recordings? "(We're) always writing, always recording. We leave for a fall tour on Halloween, on which our newly recorded EP will be available."
Daytime jobs? School? "Trevor works at a hair salon. Pete works at a natural-food retailer and a steak house — talk about hypocrisy! Drew is currently unemployed related to circumstances which cannot be revealed at this time due to a class-action lawsuit."
CDs in the van: "Drew: Brian Jonestown Massacre, Thank God For Mental Illness; Pete: George Harrison, All Things Must Pass; Trevor: the Magnetic Fields, 69 Love Songs."
A snotty rock critic: "Would probably knock us for being Mormon."
Holy-sweetness ratio: "We are 99 percent sweetheart and 1 percent saint."
Hear 'em: Saturday at 10 p.m. with the Lake Audition, Joon and Clock Hands Strangle, at New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $6. (813) 248-4969. myspace.com/saintsweetheart.