In a cheerful voice, PizzaCupcake — a fat, femme shimmying in a cosmic, aqua mesh bodysuit — confesses, “Hey boi, I made a mix CD for you, but I left it in the car; too scared to give it to you.” In response, FXBoi — a long-haired butch in a space-age letterman jacket — admits, “Hey femme, you intimidate me, you make intelligent points at book club meetings.”
The duo behind GAYmous obviously like each other. Together they’ve created the slut-step genre. But since their song is called “(Let’s Pretend We Don’t Have) Feelings,” it’s unlikely to have a happy ending. The lesson is clear though: keep your crush a secret and you might miss someone who likes you too.
Don’t let their serious messages stop you from crushing on ’em though. GAYmous mixes irresistibly charming songs about the contradictions faced by people with fluid sexualities and gender identities. Glittery eyes and love songs aside, GAYmous’ tunes run the gamut.
Their more explicitly political tune, “$$$ Can’t Buy My Pride,” blasts the corporate takeover of gender and sexual minority Pride events:
“I gotta say, it kinda makes me sick the way corporations try to suck our dicks… Bud Light says be yourself — we don’t need warm beer. Big business can’t tell us how to be fucking queer! Wells Fargo, B of A — we gonna shut you down. Homos gonna foreclose on you all up in this town.”
Meanwhile, “Tribadism (Get Into My Rhythm)” has a more playful and frisky feel, focusing on sex that has no use for traditional gender roles: “Looks like you found the spot; it’s getting hot. Doesn’t matter what junk you’ve got, grind on the crotch. Scissoring brings the heat — damn I need the speed!” Whether on the dance floor or your leopard-print bedspread, GAYmous wants to make you sweat, and they got the brains and beats to do it.
While they’ve mainly performed locally with other Bay Area queer artists like Double Duchess, their reach is sure to explode in the wake of their successful IndieGoGo campaign for their first EP — it raised almost twice their goal. Their success proves that queer and other communities want and need acts like theirs, groups that step up to complex sexual and social issues with glitter, freshness and style.
Previously published February 24, 2015.