"Charm" and "We Keep Our Victims Ready". Gay Beast's first new studio recordings since the release of their acclaimed "Second Wave" album. Previously only-available on tour, each copy sports hand silk-screened covers.
This is like James Chance and Franz Ferdinand holding hands.
Gay Beast are one of the few bands seriously challenging the form of modern rock music – that doesn’t make them a difficult listen though. Hard-boiled and jittering all over the place, yes, very busy, rushing off in ten directions at once, never abrasive though.
I'm totally all gay over this band and I'm not shy about expressing it.
As a listening experience, Second Wave is like hearing the children of outré music genres play in the sandbox of art. All they want you to do is the join them—and, based on the hypnotic, wholly unique sound presented by Gay Beast, who could resist one of the best records of the year?
"Second Wave" - it will bring great rewards upon many, many repeated listens. By the time you have the songs figured out, you will find that you've fallen in love with them. This ranks high as THE album most worth your hard-earned dollars.
Think of it this way: If Sonic Youth and Le Tigre got together and wrote songs for a messed up version of At the Drive-In, you may have Second Wave. Dancing to what sounds like a broken record has never been more fun.
This is the kind of album that requires listening to marvel at the artistry on display.
You could say Gay Beast are a combination of influences from the past, sure, like No Wave, prog rock, noise-rock, math rock... but these labels are so ill-defined themselves that all you're really saying about Gay Beast is that they are challenging, original, and experimental. This album pushes musical composition into the future. And t's "catchy." I've listened to this record tons of times, and get something new out of it every time. Prepare to have your mind blown open.
Gay Beast is the band that every experimental noise band tries to be.
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