Back in the fall, New Jersey’s traveling sideshow The Gay Blades made a pitstop in our nation’s capital in the midst of a two month tour. We got to hang out with the boys backstage and got them to play a couple of tunes for us.
The band’s distinctive disco-glam sits in a particularly difficult place. Their sound shares much with glossy, radio pop-rock, and their songs sometimes sound like they could possibly fit on MTV, maybe. But at the same time it feels as though these guys are trying to pull a fast one on you. Their eccentric pop, which the band refers to as “Trash Pop,” is the lovechild of Freddie Mercury and Ziggy Stardust, yet updated with contemporary decadence, fun and in-jokes that you somehow are also in on.
The Gay Blades’ debut album Ghosts is an exercise in epic pop songwriting, though you might be surprised to find out that their touring line up is but a simple duo: Lead vocalist/guitarist Clark Westfield, and Puppy Mills on drums.
And as stripped down as their live act is, this performance for AON was even more so. Clark on acoustic guitar and Puppy Mills with a shaker, but the resulting songs are missing none of the signature Gay Blades passion and swagger.
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