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Gravy Train!!!!

While the half-baked genre of electroclash cashed in its chips almost quicker than it could ante up, its echoes resound. One such reverberation is Oakland, California's Gravy Train!!!! (below). Although the coed quartet's music is far removed from the contrived, plasticky kitsch of electroclash, it shares an affinity for the silly and the synthetic; bandmembers Funx, Chunx, Hunx and Junx whip up a musky froth on stage, fake-humping and dirty-talking as their array of chintzy keyboards and cheap beatboxes pounds the crowd. The group's 2003 debut, Hello Doctor, was a smutty, slutty, fun-loving romp through a panoply of clunky beats and messy sexual scenarios that harnessed the most rudimentary strains of vintage rap, '80s synth pop and lo-fi indie aesthetics. Its brand-new release is a dance-floor-aimed twelve-inch vinyl single called Ghost Boobs, the title track being a sordid account of lead singer Chunx and her catastrophic loss of breast mass after going on a diet, resulting in the mammary-centric equivalent of phantom-limb syndrome. Later, on "Stop the Wedding," Chunx asks, "Does anyone object to this matrimony?/I always wanted a piece of that fried baloney." Gravy Train!!!! has toured with riot-grrrl legend Bratmobile in the past, but this time around, the saucy foursome is riding shotgun with the Vanishing, a darkly danceable Bay Area outfit. If you're looking for a hot night of sweat, sleaze and sore muscles, hop on board the Train.
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Jason Heller
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