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Le TechnoPuss13s want more Satan in the monitor

Dale M. Johnson


Le TechnoPuss13s



Le TechnoPuss13s are reality terrorists that bomb the federal building of your expectations with a wink and a groove. Jamie Thorman (aka Dr. Meow Meow) is "the brain." He does the sequencing, the guitars ... basically, all of the music. Vinnie Williams (aka Warrior Burlesque) is the "attitude guy" and vocalist. "I'm the outfit that the brain wears," she says. The two got together in late 2002, through happenstance and frustration.

"Our first show was kind of on a lark," says Thorman. "Vinnie dragged me out to see some electronic music 'extravaganza."

"Jamie got all mad (at the show)," says Williams of the experience, "and was like, 'I could make better music taking a shit and turning on and off the radio!"

"It just struck me as really boring," says Thorman. "Some of the stuff they were doing musically was cool, and it just clicked in my head that a lot of Rock bands that have all this energy aren't really doing anything new. They're not charting any new ground, and that gets old really quickly.

Then you go to see these electronic acts, and it's some bald guy with headphones, nodding his head and turning knobs — and the crowd goes wild. And I was just sitting at the bar, bored as hell with that."

So, the two decided to combine the energy and theatrics of Rock with the sounds of electronic/experimental music.

Sort of.

The 'puss13s refuse to be pinned down to a genre. They offer "Paycore," "Futuretastic," "Electroclash," "ErasureRock," "StupidCore" and "AnarchoSynthPopFauxFrenchTechnoRock" as possible descriptions of their sound.

"(The band) is very much a Punk band," says Thorman. "Very DIY, totally constructed at home. I've played in Punk bands, Vinnie grew up with (Punk music) ... it just lives in your bones. I was just kind of tired of that Rock & Roll bullshit aesthetic — 'We're gonna live in the past!' I like a good Rock band or Punk band as much as the next person, but it gets to the point where you just can't do anything new with it, until you bring in other influences."

There are quite a few influences the band brings into their sound, but the shadings are difficult to identify because they're run through the 'puss13s' "Goodtime-A-Tron." The "Goodtime-A-Tron" (namechecked in the title of their debut CD, Ride the Goodtime-A-Tron) isn't a necessarily a physical thing, but more of an attitude the duo brings to their music. You can hear bits of Beck, David Bowie (circa Heroes), a smattering of avant-garde German punk Nina Hagen and various Techno and Electronica elements. All of those are run through the wringer of the Goodtime-A-Tron, a series of refrigerator boxes covered in tinfoil and flashing lights and disturbed drawings of kittens that emit weird beeps, robot voices, power chords and a big groove. The music that arrives at the other end is a delightfully twisted burlesque version of what went in.

Le Technopuss13s' fearless and highly entertaining live show — which can include everything from nudity to low tech (but very creative and beautiful) costumes to everything in between — is just what the doctor ordered for those growing weary of people performing music in T-shirts and jeans.

"People should express themselves without fear more, instead of living up to a standard that folks have already set up," says Williams. "Cincinnati needs to get in touch with the 'Get dressed up and act strange' (attitude)," says Williams. "We have two art schools in town and everybody looks alike? I mean, it's like 'C'mon, you fucks.' Don't be New York — be Ohio. Be the obscenely disgusting bellybutton of the world and embrace that and love it. It's the only thing you can do."

"We've caught some flak for using (sexuality in the shows), from peers and other artists," says Thorman. "They say, 'You guys are taking the easy way out. You're cheating. The focus is away from the artistry.' Well, damn straight, because, know what? That shit is boring. Do you want to go to Oz and see the little guy that's hiding behind the curtain? No. You want to go to Oz to see the big emerald castle — that's way cooler."

Follow the day-glo yellow brick road of Le TechnoPuss13s.



LE TECHNOPUSS13S (

Dale M. Johnson


Le TechnoPuss13s



Le TechnoPuss13s are reality terrorists that bomb the federal building of your expectations with a wink and a groove. Jamie Thorman (aka Dr. Meow Meow) is "the brain." He does the sequencing, the guitars ... basically, all of the music. Vinnie Williams (aka Warrior Burlesque) is the "attitude guy" and vocalist. "I'm the outfit that the brain wears," she says. The two got together in late 2002, through happenstance and frustration.

"Our first show was kind of on a lark," says Thorman. "Vinnie dragged me out to see some electronic music 'extravaganza."

"Jamie got all mad (at the show)," says Williams of the experience, "and was like, 'I could make better music taking a shit and turning on and off the radio!"

"It just struck me as really boring," says Thorman. "Some of the stuff they were doing musically was cool, and it just clicked in my head that a lot of Rock bands that have all this energy aren't really doing anything new. They're not charting any new ground, and that gets old really quickly.

Then you go to see these electronic acts, and it's some bald guy with headphones, nodding his head and turning knobs — and the crowd goes wild. And I was just sitting at the bar, bored as hell with that."

So, the two decided to combine the energy and theatrics of Rock with the sounds of electronic/experimental music.

Sort of.

The 'puss13s refuse to be pinned down to a genre. They offer "Paycore," "Futuretastic," "Electroclash," "ErasureRock," "StupidCore" and "AnarchoSynthPopFauxFrenchTechnoRock" as possible descriptions of their sound.

"(The band) is very much a Punk band," says Thorman. "Very DIY, totally constructed at home. I've played in Punk bands, Vinnie grew up with (Punk music) ... it just lives in your bones. I was just kind of tired of that Rock & Roll bullshit aesthetic — 'We're gonna live in the past!' I like a good Rock band or Punk band as much as the next person, but it gets to the point where you just can't do anything new with it, until you bring in other influences."

There are quite a few influences the band brings into their sound, but the shadings are difficult to identify because they're run through the 'puss13s' "Goodtime-A-Tron." The "Goodtime-A-Tron" (namechecked in the title of their debut CD, Ride the Goodtime-A-Tron) isn't a necessarily a physical thing, but more of an attitude the duo brings to their music. You can hear bits of Beck, David Bowie (circa Heroes), a smattering of avant-garde German punk Nina Hagen and various Techno and Electronica elements. All of those are run through the wringer of the Goodtime-A-Tron, a series of refrigerator boxes covered in tinfoil and flashing lights and disturbed drawings of kittens that emit weird beeps, robot voices, power chords and a big groove. The music that arrives at the other end is a delightfully twisted burlesque version of what went in.

Le Technopuss13s' fearless and highly entertaining live show — which can include everything from nudity to low tech (but very creative and beautiful) costumes to everything in between — is just what the doctor ordered for those growing weary of people performing music in T-shirts and jeans.

"People should express themselves without fear more, instead of living up to a standard that folks have already set up," says Williams. "Cincinnati needs to get in touch with the 'Get dressed up and act strange' (attitude)," says Williams. "We have two art schools in town and everybody looks alike? I mean, it's like 'C'mon, you fucks.' Don't be New York — be Ohio. Be the obscenely disgusting bellybutton of the world and embrace that and love it. It's the only thing you can do."

"We've caught some flak for using (sexuality in the shows), from peers and other artists," says Thorman. "They say, 'You guys are taking the easy way out. You're cheating. The focus is away from the artistry.' Well, damn straight, because, know what? That shit is boring. Do you want to go to Oz and see the little guy that's hiding behind the curtain? No. You want to go to Oz to see the big emerald castle — that's way cooler."

Follow the day-glo yellow brick road of Le TechnoPuss13s.



LE TECHNOPUSS13S (letechnopuss13s.com) performs Saturday at the Northside Tavern with the Staggering Statistics.

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