Christine “SassyBlack” Harris-White is vibrantly clad in a yellow sweater with trendy mismatched earrings. “I remember going to Disneyland with my homegirl,” she says, giggling on a U District patio. “We went to the Star Wars part, and I was tripping. They had like a synopsis of all the journeys and I kind of cried a little bit at the end. It was so good.”
That experience, she says, informed her unique vision of what constitutes a good date. “Maybe I’m super-corny. Maybe what I think is a good date, other people don’t think is a good date. People want to go to the park, which is cool, but I want to go check out that sci-fi museum.”
Harris-White, whom many might know as half of Sub Pop/Black Constellation cosmic R&B duo THEESatisfaction, is gearing up to release her first full-length album under her solo SassyBlack guise, No More Weak Dates—a chronicle of modern-life dating. The record, written, produced, and performed by Harris-White, possesses a simplistic complexity. The instrumentals are a minimalistic fabric of psychedelic funk, kick-drums, and claps, under which runs a current of electric melodies. There’s a raw, earthy vibe that propels the record’s groovy, danceable rhythms.
Much of the album touches on the theme of contemporary courtship, especially lead single “Comicon,” a ballad about an impromptu date to the Emerald City Comicon, inspired by her Disneyland epiphany. The “sexy Trekkie” croons about dancing dressed like a Klingon over booming drum patterns. Harris-White also touches on the not-so-fun parts of dating—discussing relationships with friends behind a partner’s back on “Talking Shit? Okay” and finding out you’re dating someone who’s already married on the title track “No More Weak Dates.” She’s also got a tip for stoner romantics: a trip to the weed man’s house “hella far away” does not count as a date. SassyBlack Album Release Show, with J’von, ZELLi, DJ Toya B. Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442, the barboza.com. $10. 21 and up. 8 p.m. Tues., May 17.