January 4, 2007

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Caeser Pink & the Imperial Orgy, Gospel Hymns For Agnostics & Atheists
Chief Logan Records, 2006

The labels are off counting their pesos all snug in their beds this time of year, PR is busy raining February advance-releases on the press, so with nowhere left to turn I catch up on the what-the-hell-was-thats of recent note. Funnily (or not) enough, there was a doc on Sundance Channel the other day about overzealous atheists and the people who admire them, which falls right in line with this gaggle of sacrilegious New York performance artists. To wit: they’ve received death threats, watched helplessly as shows were cancelled and radio support yanked, yet they still persist in wreaking Rocky Horror wherever they go, the fetish-masked band playing anthemic psychedelic-punk-alt while devout pagan Caeser (sic) tries to recruit the chicks in the crowd into his naughty business. The EP is four songs long, kicking off with “The Amazing Tenacity of Job and His Brethren,” which boils down to a slant on the riff from Radiohead’s “I Might Be Wrong” phasing into a Partridge Family belt-out, followed by a trashing of Jesus Christ Superstar’s “Hosanna” (“In Praise of Shadows”) and various other unmentionables. You seriously want to avoid their Web site (www.orgyfunhouse.com) because it’s just filthy – this is nothing but trouble and shouldn’t be condoned. A- Eric W. Seager