The Social Registry is proud to bring you I.U.D. – the duo of Gang Gang Danceâ€™s Lizzi Bougatsos and Sadie Laska (of Growing and Extreme Violence). Their debut LP, The Proper Sex, is set for a vinyl and digital only release March 24th. It is a downright brutal industrial clusterfuck thatâ€™s sure to fog the glasses of experimental music nerds and provide the catalyst for many a record store argument. Put The Boredoms, EinstÃ¼rzende 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 youâ€™re getting close to the sound on this one.
The record opens with â€œDaddyâ€ â€“ a dubbed out introduction that is immediately set aflame with clanged-out percussion, collaged loops and rapidfire 8-bit jet streams. â€œGlo Ballsâ€ mixes abrasive screaming with roaring guitars and inventive drum work. â€œMonk Hummerâ€ is a pastiche of porn samples (harkening back to the bandâ€™s Dead Womb 7â€) mixed with Himalayan chants â€“ like Drumâ€™s Not Dead-era Liars but more visceral and textured.
â€œ911â€ 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. â€œMary Unmargaretâ€ catapults this formula into a religious nightmare. Bells clash with heavy distortion and a phase-shifted trance creates a dizzying effect. â€œGirls Just Wanna (Time To Have Sex)â€ closes the record and already wins the â€œbest song title of 2009â€ 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, The Proper Sex is creepy, relentless and (most of all) extremely fascinating. Itâ€™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 listenerâ€™s head. Itâ€™s just that this journey might be a descent into the inferno rather than up to the heavens.
Preceeding the release of The Proper Sex will be a single of album track “Daddy.” This will take the form of a 7″ backed with a remix by Aaron Warren of Black Dice.