"My girlfriend brought her to a show of mine once at Conspire, and I think some middle-aged guy walked out and said, 'God, this is awful,' and my daughter was like, 'That's my dad!' Which is so awesome," he says, laughing.

Though the exploration of patriarchal roles, anti-fascist political messages, and "bromantic" relationships require some adult consideration, Gil says the message of Treasure Mammal isn't a complicated one.

"One of the big things about Treasure Mammal is that it's about allowing people to be themselves and allowing people to be true to themselves and fucking be whoever they want to be. If they are gay or bi — whatever you want to be and whatever you want to accomplish — I want to let people know that they can do it. They shouldn't be afraid."

"Keith Sweat, Marvin Gaye . . . That's my shit": Abelardo Gil (front) of Treasure Mammal
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"Keith Sweat, Marvin Gaye . . . That's my shit": Abelardo Gil (front) of Treasure Mammal

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Trunk Space

1506 Grand Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Category: Art Galleries

Region: Central Phoenix

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Treasure Mammal is scheduled to perform Saturday, April 7, at Trunk Space.

And if that sounds like self-help, motivational speaker-speak, that's fine with Gil. The album's finale, "Checkognize," melds "checking oneself" and recognizing "patterns that don't work."

"As I get older, it's a bizarre balance between love and hate," says Gil. "I'll think about Arizona politics and I'll get riled up. I think that just the presence of the entity of Treasure Mammal is a threat to people. I feel like it's my job to exist and do what I do and continue doing it . . . because it just feels like I have to do it."

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that man is a treasure, no pun intended. AZ's most important ambassador of Awesome.

 
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