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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
Lesbians on Ecstacy
Lesbians On Ecstasy
Alien8 Recordings

Rating: 5.5/10 ?

February 16, 2005
Punk and club music have more in common than it would seem. Both revolve around a driving, steady beat - and anything else that happens to add to that rhythm is a bonus, including lyrics which, for both genres, are usually non-sequiturs. It was only a matter of time until trendy punksters and grimy ravers found themselves in bed together after being thrown out of their respective clubs, giving birth to the red-headed stepchild of musical genres, dance-punk. I think this happened in New Jersey.

Word of this strange anomaly soon reached the rues of Montreal, where Lesbians On Ecstasy waited patiently for a brand of music that would suit their shocking name. Their self-titled debut is more dance than punk, but dirty guitars (or at least, dirty guitar samples) play a large role. "Parachute Clubbing" is an example of this aesthetic and because of its grunginess; it is one of the stronger tracks. Trance freaks can still get their groove on, but the punks at the back of the club feel right at home, too.

The first half of the album is a raunchy blend of punk and dance, sounding like any well-mannered parents' nightmare. Though their name is intimidating, Lesbians On Ecstasy aren't without the giddy playfulness shared by labelmates The Unicorns: "Kundstant Kroving" is an electrified Frankenstein's monster homage to k.d. Lang." Singer Fruity Frankie shouts the refrain "Constant craving/Has always been," giving props to the more family-friendly lesbian chanteuse.

After six songs, however, Lesbians On Ecstasy takes an unwelcome turn from the dance floor to the bathroom floor, trading in throbbing beats for metallic guitars and live drums. Suddenly, the lyrics step into the spotlight, and maybe they shouldn't: "Someone's on the bathroom floor/Doin' her cocaine/Someone's got his finger on the button in some room/No one can convince me we aren't gluttons for our doom."

The songs that sounded like rejects from the Matrix soundtrack are replaced by scare-core tracks that go on for far too long. Side A of Lesbians On Ecstasy is danceable, moving well from track to track, but Side B is full of head-scratchers that don't fit anywhere. "Queens on Noise (Bring da Bunny)" is a silly shout-along, "Summer Luv" is strangely poppy, "Manipulation" is spaced-out and mellow, and "Superdyke!" is played live.

Listening to the album is like being in a club where a good DJ surrenders the turntables to amateur night; just as you start to get into songs that build on one another, some metalhead comes along and strings songs together willy-nilly, ruining it for everybody. You've stopped dancing with that hottie from the office who said your faux-hawk was cute, and now you don't see her at the bar. If only Lesbians On Ecstasy could get their shit together, there could be a love connection on the dance-punk floor.

Reviewed by Andy Brown
A regular contributor to LAS, Andy Brown lives in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, but doesn\'t think he has an accent.

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