Since 2003, Chicago-based artist Brian J Sulpizio has been recording under the moniker of Health&Beauty. Over the course of five albums, Health&Beauty has experimented with a variety of styles and lineups, with pianist Ben Boye and drummer Frank Rosaly having been in the fold since 2012.
Now, Health&Beauty is prepping the release of LP numero seis in the form of NO SCARE. The album is led by single “Wartime” which features an exuberant sound, despite the heavy subject matter, buoyed by a series of searing guitar licks and skittering rhythms.
To help get to know Health&Beauty a little better we sent Sulpizio the SIMGE Survey. Check out his responses and stream “Wartime” below. Health&Beauty’s NO SCARE is out August 5th via Wichita Recordings.
Name: Brian J Sulpizio
Instrument(s): Vocals, Guitar
What sound(s) do you/your band make?
We make sounds with musical instruments, accompanied by sounds from human voices that are mostly expressing English words. Mostly it’s my human voice but sometimes there are other human voices. Sometimes the sounds are loud and sometimes they are soft. Lately I have been more into the Loud side of things.
If you could have anything fall from the sky what would it be and why?
Lots of surveys like this for everybody because they are so good at encouraging positive change through self-reflection.
When I was a kid I used to love to…
An embarrassing phase in my life was when…
Most of it has been pretty embarrassing, but the couple years in middle school when I would piss my pants every time someone made me laugh stands out.
The 1st album I purchased:
Was a cassingle of Grateful Dead’s “Touch of Grey.” I remember in the video there’s a dog that runs across the stage with one of their bones in its mouth, I laughed at that a lot as a 6 or 7-yr-old. Cassette singles at that time came shrink wrapped to a piece of cardboard the size of a 45, with a little poster inside that was like the cover of the 45, so they would fit into the 45 shelves at the record store. Somehow I did not become a Grateful Dead fan after this…I’ve only started listening to them, really, in the last few years.
I think when that record came out they were looking at some pretty dark times. That was more what made sense to me, being in a GM family at a time when factories were closing, always having that hanging over us – that the factory would close or that Dad would get laid-off. The rest of their music had a reputation for more naïve happy-go-lucky feelings and I ended up avoiding it for a long time. That reputation isn’t really fair, there’s lots of darkness in there, but when you’re in love with Nirvana, the Dead can seem a bit too “chill.”
The last album I purchased:
E-Man Groovin’ by the Jimmy Castor Bunch. I didn’t know anything about them but my friend Cooper saw it at my house and was like “I have all those records.” These are some pretty great party records, stuff you can dance to. Some of it gets into Blowfly territory but not as gross. I used to have the same motorcycle he’s with on the cover but his is way more hooked-up than mine was.
My biggest insecurity:
Possibly getting the answers wrong to this survey.
You can easily win me over by…
Giving me a ride to the DMV and signing a form as a witness that I actually do have a home address.
Sometimes when I feel down I listen to Sonny Sharrock’s “Blind Willy” because it’s upbeat without insisting that the listener be uplifted.
After a show people compliment me most on my…
Something most people don’t know about me is…
I play music.
The band (artist) that altered my perception on life is a combination of Neil Young and Nina Simone because he writes a ton of songs, some of which are bad, even recycles chord progressions sometimes, in order to say what he needs to say. She can take anyone’s song and make it say something a little different than it did before.
If not for music I would probably…
Get drunk and stare at the wall in silence.
What are your favorite song lyrics?
Ones that are open to interpretation, bonus points for sounding like a number of different words.