Gravy Train!!!! have been around since 2001, but it wasn’t till recently that they learned about W-I-G-G-L-I-N. “Are You Wigglin?” is the follow up to 2003’s cult classic “Hello Doctor”, a record entirely about food and sex. For this album, they ditched their former “chipmunk rap” sound and moved on to a sound that is a mix of bubblegum, punk, rock n roll, comedy, new wave and pure pop. Not only have they added guitar, they’ve also added bass, maracas, Vibraslap and even live drums on some tracks. They’ve traded in keyboards for Leslie, Hammond and Gibson organs and ditched tinny drum tracks for drum beats so trashy they make the “Night at the Roxbury” soundtrack look like Beethoven. Their influences include B-52s, Quintron & Miss Pussycat,Toni Basil, Blowfly and Gary Glitter.
Controversial topics on this album include the death of a man obsessed with sunless tanning (“Darque Tan”), going on a diet and losing your boobs (“Ghost Boobs”), doing it with someone half your age (“Hump Lites”), and sending your loved one naked pictures of yourself while on tour (“Nudies From the Road”) . Thrill to the use of the word “beaver” in over half the songs! They also cover “I Wanna Wanna Wanna Wanna Wanna Wanna Wanna Get Rid of You” by legendary bay area punk group Psycotic Pineapple and turn it into a dance floor hit! This record is their first proper “studio album” and was produced at Tiny Telephone in San Francisco.
To help out with the album, they brought in rock veterans Terry Six (Nice Boys/Exploding Hearts) for added monster guitar riffs and Layla Laducci (Top Ten/The Knock Ups) for live glitter drums on “Gotta Get Outta Batwiddicals”. People at their record label Kill Rock Stars get very excited when they hear this song and are brought back to their childhoods listening to the Bay City Rollers.
Gravy Train!!!! consists of hot babes Chunx (singer, maracas) and Funx (organ, dance moves) and gay wads Hunx (organs, guitar , dancing, some singing) and recent addition Junx (guitar and dance moves.) Recently Le Tigre has taken them on a US tour and a Europe tour. Teenagers everywhere love them already but with “Are You Wigglin?”, maybe a couple of adults will get into it too.
released 12 July 2005
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