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GAY AGAINST YOU – Gay Against You (self-released CDR)

Posted: May 17th, 2006, by Marceline Smith

Gay Against You know the meaning of entertainment, and fun. Their recent support slot for Lightning Bolt was so entertaining that we barely stopped laughing throughout the duration of their half hour set. COSTUMES OVER CONTENT boasts their Myspace, a slogan worthy of OXES Rowdyism at its best. When we saw them, this involved 80s PE kits, homemade bandanas and covering their faces with multicoloured sticker dots. Despite this claim, our fears of the content of their CDR being unlistenable nonsense were completely unfounded. Instead it is well-constructed enjoyable idiocy. The CD also comes in a variety of neon coloured sleeves. Mine is pink.

The undeniable highlight of this release is a song called Gay Unicorns which is about, well, gay unicorns and mainly involves chanting UNICORN! UNICORN! over ridiculously dinky keyboards. Plums de la Mer is possibly my favourite though with a catchy tune trying to push its way over the glitchy distorted casio backing, a toy keyboard having nightmares of a hundred toddlers with sticky fingers. Elsewhere, Ppanda is basically a minute and a half of yelping and squealing and general spazzing out. They bookend this CD with Hello and Good-bye, both of which feature what can only be described as a synthesised saxamaccordian. When they played Good-bye live they managed to endear the entire audience into waving at them for a good couple of minutes.

Gay Against You are part of a fine mentalist tradition that spans Atari Teenage Riot, Denim and Diamonds, Les Savy Fav, Devo and, er, Dweeb and are a breath of fresh air in the often po-faced pretentious Glasgow noise/improv scene. Anyone want to put on a FUN, ELECTRONIC version of Subcurrent? Thought not. Anyway, they’re touring in July and have some proper records out then too so look out!

Gay Against You at MySpace

Marceline Smith

Marceline is the fierce, terrifying force behind diskant.net, laughing with disdain as she fires sharpened blades of sarcasm in all directions. Based in Scotland, her lexicon consists of words such as 'jings', 'aboot' and 'aye': our trained voice analysts are yet to decipher some of the relentless stream of genius uttered on a twenty-four hour basis. Marceline's hobbies include working too much and going out in bad weather.


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