The Social Registry is proud to break your bones with I.U.D. - Lizzi Bougatsos of Gang Gang Dance’s (vocals, percussion) new project. Teaming with Sadie Laska of Growing and Extreme Violence (the duo is known here as Mr. Egglesby and Lil’ Pickle - they have different names for each release), The Proper Sex is a downright brutal industrial clusterfuck that’s sure to fog the glasses of experimental music nerds and provide the catalyst for many a record store argument. Put The Boredoms, EinstuÌˆrzende Neubauten, Meat Beat Manifesto, Tribe 8, Front 242 and some black metal tropes in a blender and then serve chilled at a party hosted by hyper-feminist vampires and you’re getting close to the sound on this one.
The record opens with “Daddy” â€“ a dubbed out introduction that is immediately set aflame with clanged-out percussion, collaged loops and rapidfire 8-bit jet streams. “Glo Balls” mixes abrasive screaming with roaring guitars and inventive drum work. “Monk Hummer” is a pastiche of porn samples (harkening back to the band’s Dead Womb 7”) mixed with Himalayan chants â€“ like Drum’s Not Dead-era Liars but more visceral and textured.
“911” opens Side B with a mid 90s Boredoms/Crash Worship style drum breakdown. Samples clog the mix and rapidly fly across the spectrum on top of punk-inspired percussion. “Mary Unmargaret” catapults this formula into a religious nightmare. Bells clash with heavy distortion and a phase-shifted trance creates a dizzying effect. “Girls Just Wanna (Time To Have Sex)” closes the record and already wins the “best song title of 2009” competition. Featuring some dark, chugging guitar work from Rites of Spring hero Mike Fellowes (Mighty Flashlight, Will Oldham), the track is a disconcerting tribal take on black metal.
Recorded at Vacation Island Studios by Matt Boyton AKA Professor Funkenstein, The Proper Sex is creepy, relentless and (most of all) extremely fascinating. It’s a varied listen that reflects its influences and cover art â€“ which mimics Sparks â€“ to a stunning effect. Like Gang Gang Dance, these rhythms are already cemented in a listener’s head. It’s just that this journey might be a descent into the inferno rather than up to the heavens.
It’s no wonder that Lizzie Bougatsos and Sadie Laska sound great together. Hitting it off the first day of Art school, the two hung out for the first time at Laska’s weed-dealing older brother’s party, and the two have been close ever since. With her multi-instrumental and vocal work in the celebrated band Gang Gang Dance, Bougatsos found herself eager to focus more on drumming. She rang up Laska and the two set to work. The result - a blend of propulsive drumming and samples from all over the musical (and often non-musical) spectrum - is a visceral and moving experience.