Gay Against You – Righteous Signals, Sour Dudes (2007)

Gay Against You (acronym GAY) put out a little record in 2006 called Muscle Milk that was, and still is, a total mindfuck. Comparing popular music to Muscle Milk is like comparing HTML to Brainfuck. Anyways, I put “Sour Dudes” as the last track on the 2009 compilation CRITICAL HITS: Volume I. This guy in Santa Cruz named Kyle liked the compilation, but other than that, I never really looked into the source for the track, Muscle Milk’ followup full length Righteous Signals, Sour Dudes. In retrospect now I see why (I was insane and then suicidally depressed in 2007, so I had other things on my mind), but now finally listening to this record, it is incredible. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get around to it! But it’s on Spotify, so there you have it. (That does constitute an endorsement of Spotify for which I will be expecting payment.) Anyways, while listening to it today, I was struck by the fact that Gay Against You have as much of an affinity for janky Sega Genesis FM synthesis as I do, and I can’t think of many other band besides them or some of the bands I’ve been in that either sample or overtly reference video game soundtracks. There’s a melodic excerpt from “Green Hill Zone” (Sonic the Hedgehog, 1991) that made me Sonic Spin in my khakis when I heard it. Righteous Signals feels more streamlined and accessible than their debut, partly because the track lengths are more consistent and typical of regular pop music (~3 minutes, with some exceptions.) But it is no less technopsychotic that Muscle Milk: Atari 2600 blip explosions, impossible robot break/blast beats, and an overall really sunny sense of melody. It’s a radical record and generally more prog than the previous, if you can even compare actual music genres to the wonderful noise from Planet Gay Against You. I believe unfortunately they broke up in 2009 but hopefully they will play Coachella in 1996.