Picked to Click XVI

This one goes to 11!

To wit: The monolithic blocks of sound from Rotto's guitar and Luedtke's keyboard slap over Gerend's jazzily brutal drumming on the intro of "i.d. politics" for a sound just epic enough to hint at metal. Gerend works her snare meticulously on the nervous verse, putting way more hop and skitter under Rotto's impression of Bernard Albrecht as a 24th-century trans-human than any regular rock hack could ever hope to muster. And what about the chorus, with Luedtke melodiously blurting, "Identity politics/That's all it is/Identity politics/Be careful?" Does Patrick Scully know about this?

Their refusal to embrace cliché extends to interviewing style. Lined up in a row on a couch at Spyhouse when City Pages met them, Luedtke, Gerend, and Rotto looked as if they were going to be asking the questions.

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1. The Alarmists

2. Black Blondie

3. The God Damn Doo Wop Band

4. Chooglin'

5. Maria Isa

6. White Light Riot

7. Gay Beast

8. (tie) Awesome Snakes

Birthday Suits

10. (tie) One for the Team

Vampire Hands

CP: How does it feel to be the Twin Cities' first two-thirds queer band of note since Hüsker Dü?

 

IR: I have to work on my moustache.

AG: [Chuckling] I've never really thought of us in that context.

DL: I like being that—but not relying on it. It's nice that music people are into what we're doing, and everyday queer people are into what we're doing, even though their points of reference are completely different. I like straddling those two worlds.

 

CP: What do you think about the "math rock" brush some people insist on tarring you with?

IR: We don't really have a problem with it. But we don't want to become too much like, say, Don Caballero, where everything is subsumed in the service of precision. I'm really fond the old Captain Beefheart stuff. I feel like we're starting to get a little bit like that.

AG: We like a certain rawness—precision in the service of chaos. I've been interested in complex rhythms since high school. Fives are nothing to us now. We're trying to take it to another level."

DL: As cheesy as it might sound, we've been approaching the writing process in a more serialist way, actually considering the math. You can break down a nine in so many different ways. We like our songs to offer room for flexibility, so that we can put a little something extra in. We'd never want to be in a position where we had to play the same song exactly the same way every time. I hope it doesn't come off as a gimmick, like we're writing these complicated rhythms just to be clever. It's just what comes naturally to us.

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Snakes is High!
THREE THINGS ABOUT THE AWESOME SNAKES
THAT ARE AWESOME AND SNAKELIKE

By the Awesome Snakes

 

Three things about Danny that are awesome (by Annie):

1. Danny is scared of nature. It is awesome when he cries about it. Cries like a big, stupid baby. It also confuses him because he thinks that all dogs are male, and all cats are female. How stupid is that?

2. Danny is extremely muscular. He sometimes tells people that he competes in muscleman competitions. He is a liar.

3. It is awesome when Danny stuffs his fat face full of hamburgers. It's REALLY awesome when he gets ketchup all over his new shoes and cries. Like when he's in the nature.

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1. The Alarmists

2. Black Blondie

3. The God Damn Doo Wop Band

4. Chooglin'

5. Maria Isa

6. White Light Riot

7. Gay Beast

8. (tie) Awesome Snakes

Birthday Suits

10. (tie) One for the Team

Vampire Hands

Three things about Danny that are "snaky" (by Annie):

 

1. Danny has no sense of smell. That's why he stinks all the time. Smells like a dirty stinky rotten snake rotting.

2. Danny can't draw. Have you seen the front cover of the record? He held his breath until I gave in to that idea.

3. Danny lies. Danny cheats. He fights children and old people. He'll throw sand in your eyes, then he'll punch you in the crotch and run. He's a real shit-eating sonofabitch.

 

Three things that are awesome about Annie (by Danny):

1. Annie is awesome at the hula hoop. If you go over to her house, that's all she ever talks about. Stupid hula hoops this and stupid hula hoops that. Always with the hula hoops.

2. Annie is awesome at being an overweight hog.

3. Annie is awesome at eatin' the shit outta some potato chips.

 

Three things about Annie that are "snaky" (by Danny):

1. Annie hardly ever shares. If Annie had exactly nine dollars in her pocket, here's how much of it you could have: none of it.

2. Annie does not have a snake. For her to be in a band called "Awesome Snakes" and sing songs about snakes is an all-the-way "snaky" situation. I don't have a snake either, but big deal, Annie's a more serious, powerful liar than me.

3. Annie shot a snake at summer camp in 1988. The snake was a jerk and he/she deserved it. Every great once in a while you'll encounter a snake that's just plain-ol' pissed-off or real mouthy.

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Let the Eagle Soar!
BIRTHDAY SUITS GET NAKED, APOLOGIZE TO AMERICAN ICONS

By Molly Priesmeyer
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