The Inaugural GAYmous EP Is Queer Synth Slut-Step for You, Me, and A Bottle of Lube

It’s a great day for body-positive glitter-fabulous electronic pop synth slut-step. A great day, indeed. Why? Because the GAYmous self-titled album was officially released on Friday. And it is absolutely glorious. Glorious!

This album image has everything: pizza, handcuffs, banana splits, and a microphone that might also be a Hitachi Magic Wand.

This album cover has everything: pizza, handcuffs, banana splits, and a microphone that might also be a Hitachi Magic Wand.

Oh sweet sparkle ponies, the track list alone makes my queer fat femme heart flutter:

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GAYmous has been “emotionally scissoring” with Bay Area audiences since 2012. FXBoi and PizzaCupcake describe their slut-step sound as “the child of Prince, Gravy Train, and the sound of the kinky sex your neighbors have upstairs.” You may remember July‘s very not-pretend feelings about GAYmous’ first music video, (Let’s Pretend We Don’t Have) Feelings.

Since their single went mega queer viral, I have had nothing but feelings and I was so ready for this album to drop. BUT I WAS NOT READY.

I had a chat with PizzaCupcake and FXBoi about their first-ever album and how things are feeling right about now. PizzaCupcake is the lead singer, lead diva, and self-proclaimed genderqueer fat femme who writes most of GAYmous’ lyrics. They said they are most excited about “making stuff that people laugh and relate to and that makes people want to dance…stuff people can get ready to [go out to]” and that “reflects some aspect of their lives.” They said they are especially excited about “having a lot of songs being about fat sexuality and fat queers” on the album.

FXBoi — who wants to stress that even though she uses she/her pronouns, she “is not a lady” (I hear you!) — spends many long days and hours on the production/beats in the beatcave (similar to the Bat Cave, but nerdier). She talked about having “an all-queer and women team working on the album” and is pumped up “to make queer dance music that’s made for queers by queers.” She also talked about wanting to shake up “the butch/femme dance,” which, as a butch, she feels sometimes perpetuates misogyny and heteronormativity.

That’s what is so ridiculously good about GAYmous’ music and lyrics. It’s electronic pop you can dance your ass off to, but there are underlying messages that are deeply subversive, that celebrate radical queer culture, relationships and sex. They balance those really real topics with a fun upbeatness that gets into your jiggly parts and makes you want to shake it off (PizzaCupcake is a secret T-Swift fan and they are a little ashamed like we all are, but we’re all in this together, OK?). It’s important to them both that the carefully crafted lyrics still be pop-music-bouncy, relatable, and accessible. As FXBoi says, “We still want it to be sexy and fun…and heteropatriarchy is kind of hard to rhyme.”


How to review such an album? Well, there are seven perfect tracks. (There are also seven deadly sins. A coincidence? Probably not.) Let’s just take it slow and go track-by-track, babes. Whip up some cupcakes and roll around in some glitter and take your pants off. Are you ready? Let’s do this thing!

1. Cross Dress for Less

A song about lusting after a fat femme that is both empowering and hot? Um, yes, please. I will, in fact, meet you in the dressing room to show you what I’m working with. I WILL. This song is not so much about literal cross-dressing as it is about gender role play and keeping it thrifty by getting it on in the dressing room of a store. I just love a song that not only celebrates fucking hot fat bodies, but is explicitly void of the male gaze. I’ll be waiting in the dressing room a.k.a. “the skank palace where all the sluts hang on a Friday night.”

Favorite quote:

Aren’t we only allowed six items?
Doesn’t that include you, me, and a bottle of lube?
I don’t know. I’m kinda nervous. Aren’t there security cameras everywhere?
Whatever, they’ve never recorded such fine ass queers.

2. Slut Buffer

In this love song to casual sex, FXBoi and PizzaCupcake generously offer their services to help you in your time of sexual need when you’re recently dumped and/or not looking for a new relationship. What I love about GAYmous is their dedication to sex-positive lyrics that are full of good shit like explicit consent and validating queer emotional vulnerability and getting it on without culturally loaded BS. So, uh, yeah, if you need to get off, text your totally consensual slut buffer instead of your ex, OK?

Favorite quote:

Text me instead / I’ll give you a show

3. (Let’s Pretend We Don’t Have) Feelings

I’m still processing my feelings about this single every time I listen to it. It just speaks to my essential queerness in the most real way. And the music video makes me want a music video for every single GAYmous song. It’s so hot, so queer-affirming and it’s for us, by us. And there’s pizza. And there are so many gorgeous folks of all sizes and colors and gender expressions. And the beat is so catchy. And there are so many quotable lines. And I’m dead. I died. Of feelings.

Favorite quote:

Hey boi. / I don’t do the butch/femme dance / to get in anyone’s pants / but I’ll subvert it with you.

4. Tribadism

Yes, Virginia, sometime we just “really want to trib.” Is this the official theme song for Autostraddle? It might be. And with GAYmous’ three-step program for successful frottage (1. Put the pussy on blast. 2) Shake ya’ ass. 3) Hump to the left. Hump to the right. Frottage all night.), you’re going to be an expert. So put on Tribadism and do your thang. Don’t forget the circles.

Favorite quote:

It doesn’t matter what junk you’ve got / grind on my crotch.

5. Fist U

This song is about toeing! Just kidding. It’s a song about a college course on fisting. Just kidding! It’s a ridiculously hot slow-jam style song about fisting a.k.a. “the five finger discount.” Specifically, first-time fisting with your love with lots of lube and communication. What else do you need to know? Actually, you might want to know this. PizzaCupcake and FXBoi said this is their favorite song to play for non-queer audiences because people get confused, excited and a little scared. They hope they’re opening people up to duckbilling or at least trying something new in the bedroom.

Favorite quote:

I love you / and I bought some paraben-free lube.

6. Femme on Femme

They say you learn something every day. I didn’t know exactly how glitter was made, but apparently it is the byproduct of femmes getting together. If any of you have experience with this, please speak up. I feel like I should have made glitter at least once in my life, but maybe we were both too confused about our sexuality at the time to produce the femme-on-femme glitter. Seriously, though, this song speaks to the queer desire that has no name. Femme-on-femme desire. One of the most invisible queer relationship possibilities. The most ridiculed and the most tainted by the male gaze. This song reclaims that desire and names it and eroticizes it through the queer lens and it is a panty-dropper. If you share your lipstick and lacy underthings with your lady love and often get mistaken for sisters or BFF’s, this one is for you.

P.S. See below about the upcoming Femme on Femme music video!

Favorite quote:

I want a femme on the street / and a femme in the sheets.

7. Tribadism (FXBoi Frottage All Night Remix)

This is the EDM remix of Tribadism. It might trigger flashbacks to your favorite lesbian bar (that probably closed because the world is sad). It will definitely make you want to prance around your bedroom chanting, “Trib-a-dism.” Crank it up and get into it.


 

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What’s next for GAYmous? They are currently working on a second music video for Femme on Femme, which has been shot and is in editing now. They don’t have an exact release date yet, but they gave us the teaser that it will be a “disco femme witch coven.” DISCO FEMME WITCH COVEN! So obviously the world needs that and I can’t wait to revel in it!

@sadielola working magic on set #femmeonfemme

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We talked a bit about what their hopes for the band are. As they said, “[our songs] are never going to be played on Top 40 radio, but that’s not the point.” What would success look like? PizzaCupcake and FXBoi just want to “go on tour, meet lots of babes, have baby gays in lots of corners of the world” and if their songs “inspire people to try new sex acts, explore their sexuality, that’s cool, too.”

Buy the GAYmous album now on Itunes.

KaeLyn is a 35-year-old (femme)nist activist, word nerd, and queer mama. You can typically find her binge-watching TV, over-caffeinating herself, standing somewhere with a mic or a sign in her hand, eating carbs, or just generally doing too many things at once. She lives in Rochester, NY with her spouse, a baby T. rex, a xenophobic cat, and a rascally rabbit. You can buy her debut book, Girls Resist! A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution if you want to, if you feel like it, if that's a thing that interests you or whatever.

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      • Finally bought/listened to this album and it is a glitterbomb from start to finish. I was apprehensive from the review just because queer nonchalance around public sex makes me so uncomfortable, but the silliness of the lyrics/instrumentation removes these songs just enough from reality. “Tribadism” is gonna be stuck in my head for weeks.

        • So glad you are loving it!

          I can’t stop listening to it, too. I’m listening to it right now at work. Thank goddess I have a door that closes, though! It’s a bit NSFW, but also really really silly fun!

  1. If you start singing the tribadism song while actually tribbing (Tribadism! Let’s get into the rhythm!) And she doesn’t leave… Marry her. (True story)

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