Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Pansy Division ready to stir things up again

photo: Martin Meyers
Pansy Division are back to celebrate their 25th Anniversary with ninth studio album Quite Contrary, out Sept. 9 on Alternative Tentacles.

The queercore band's bluntness and humor stood out amidst the 1990s alterna-rock scene, paving a road of acceptance and empowering the political climate.

These new tracks on Quite Contrary feature the group’s signature tongue-in-cheek lyrics and infectious melodies woven with profound and topical discussions.

"Love Came Along” is a brutally truthful song about love and lust. Revered in the punk community for challenging gay rights issues, “Blame The Bible” is strapped with a catchy melody and politically pungent lyrics pointed at the current presidential election.

Pansy Division was founded in San Francisco in 1991 by guitarist/singer Jon Ginoli who is joined by bassist/singer Chris Freeman, guitarist/singer Joel Reader and drummer Luis Illades.

Not only did their music and stance defy stereotypic norms of rock musicians being openly gay, they also broke gay cultural stereotypes that rock wouldn't interest gay people. Formed with the intent of forming a gay rock band, Pansy Division was the first group to be so open about their sexuality.

Beginning in 1993, they put out an album a year for six years on Lookout Records. Their music caught the attention of former Lookout labelmates Green Day, who took Pansy Division on tour for a couple of months in 1994 at the height of the mania surrounding their breakthrough album Dookie.

2009 saw the release of the band’s last album That’s So Gay, which was raucous and raunchy as ever, a documentary film about the band, Pansy Division: Life In A Gay Rock Band, which played numerous film festivals worldwide, and Jon’s memoir Deflowered: My Life In Pansy Division, of his stories and experiences in the band.

Tour dates:

9/20: Somerville, MA @ ONCE Ballroom
9/21: Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
9/22: Washington, DC @ Hill Country Live DC
9/23: Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
9/24: Brooklyn, NY @ Sunnyvale
11/4: San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
11/5: Long Beach, CA @ Alex’s Bar
11/6: Palm Springs, CA @ Pride Festival
11/9: Seattle, WA @ Funhouse
11/10: Portland, OR @ Dante’s
11/11: San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
11/12: Los Angeles, CA @ Viper Room

Track listing:

1. He’s Trouble
2. Love Came Along
3. You’re On The Phone
4. Kiss Me At Midnight (New Year’s Eve)
5. Halfway To Nowhere
6. Work On It, Babe
7. I’m The Friend
8. Blame The Bible
9. Mistakes
10. It’s A Sin
11. My Heart Aches For You
12. (Is This What It’s Like) Getting Old
13. Too Much To Ask
14. Something Beautiful

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