Closet Disco Queen
Sexy Audio Deviance For Punk Bums
7th April 2017 - Crazysane Records / Division Records / Unquiet Records
02. El Moustachito
There are a number of well-trodden paths that bands can take as they develop, and Closet Disco Queen have chosen to ignore practically all of them. Formed as much by circumstances as by desire, the duo of Jona Nido and Luc Hess first came to our attention as two-fifths of The Ocean, then as two-thirds of Coilguns and now as the two halves of Closet Disco Queen. We presume that a pair of solo albums is the next logical step.
The gloriously titled Sexy Audio Deviance For Punk Bums is a short, sharp EP to follow up from their self-titled debut last year. Throwing a slightly mischievous curveball for an experimental band, the trio of songs that comprise this EP feel substantially less experimental than those of its predecessor.
The net result is that these songs have more of a desert rock than a math rock vibe, heading towards the likes of Karma To Burn and away from the artier sounds of Alright The Captain or Poly-Math. That’s not to say, however, that they have ditched the quirkiness entirely; it’s patently obvious that this is the product of two musical minds as closely in sync as its possible to be.
Of course, it could also be argued that Closet Disco Queen’s experimental itch is scratched in another way. There’s a case to be made that a defacto third member of the band can be found taking up a substantial part of the stage in the form of Jona’s vast and sprawling pedalboard. Splitting the signal from his guitar three ways and running it through a headspinning array of effects gives Closet Disco Queen a thicker, fuller sound than some quartets. We don’t know if they employed overdubs or additional musicians during the sessions for Sexy Audio Deviance For Punk Bums, but we’re confident that the sound they kick out from the stage when they play these songs live will be close enough to make no difference.
If releases serve as punctuation in a band’s career, Sexy Audio Deviance For Punk Bums is more of a comma than a full stop; a brief pause to catch one’s breath. Serving either as an easy gateway for new fans, or the latest in a long line of varied releases from various projects involving this pair of prolific and imaginative musicians, it’s not really long enough to serve as a soundtrack to anything in its own right, but all three tracks would be worthy additions to playlists of summery riffing.