The cheekily brutal, sassily sinister Sydney boys are off to the US before too long, to record their third album - unless Satan claims their ragged, wine-soaked souls first. Before they disappear, let them be the party-loving Virgil to your eager-eared Dante, and follow Gay Paris into the aural underworld that is this week’s Sunday Mixtape.
Well, hello there.
Hi there, friends, my name is WH Monks and I sing for money and drinks and glory.
Do you ever get mistaken for actual Satanists? *Are you actual Satanists?*
Well, let us just say that Satan looks after his people – what I'm saying is that chilling with Queen Dido in the second circle of Hell (where the lustful reside) like some kind of rock n' roll Aeneas will be a grand reward for a life properly lived. Hail Satan. See you soon, baby girl!
The Dean Podmore Fan Club must be a flattering development?
Well, if you're Dean 'Slim Pickins' Podmore, sure. Did you know that he is not just an internet celebrity, but further a corporate modelling whore and Satan's favourite bass player? There is absolutely no resentment or jealousy of Slim's growing popularity or of the fact that at our last gig, the crowd acclaimed him the 'most fuckable' member of our ensemble. As the saying goes, 'pap that Dean!'
How can people #supportthedarkarts?
To start with, when you see a member of Gay Paris, high five them and buy them a drink. If you aren't drinking with a member of Gay Paris right now, then you should get on down at http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/gayparis for exclusive insight into the creation of our third record. It is about 50% videos of us playing new songs, 25% videos of me drinking wine and 25% fully formed demos of said songs. Basically, you can pre-order a download or CD or vinyl of the new album or get weird with us – come on tour, go on a pub crawl or play Dungeons and Dragons with Slim and me. I'm not sure if I'm meant to mention the hallucinogens, so I won't.
Tell us about the tunes you've chosen today.
I like to drink, I support the dark arts, I like huge rear ends. Reverse order of enthusiasm. Sometimes I get drunk with Slim and he takes control of the stereo. You can tell which songs those are because he is dancing to them right now. All of them. At once. You can check out his moves here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbjcTDRS1MA. More exclusive dance footage at http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/gayparis.
Ghost – Year Zero
I think that we're contractually obligated (what is written in blood etc...) to throw shout outs to anyone who shows love for the Infernal Prince. #supportthedarkarts
The Hives – Try It Again
Dudes are always playing this at soundcheck and I think it is cute that they play songs by the second greatest rock n' roll band rather than just checking with one of ours.
Aesop Rock – The Harbor is Yours
Ace is my favourite MC/lyricist by an incredible distance of favour. I think this is a protest song. I'd rather unwind a million miles of extended metaphor than hear one more club anthem. Get it together, lyricists.
Danny Brown – Smokin' and Drinkin'
Well, this is basically tour life for ¾ of us (at any one time).
Queens of the Stone Age – If I Had A Tail
Have you ever heard a voice that you just wanted to make love to? I mean, actually fuck the voice. Oh man, Josh, lay that voice down with me. Ooh la la.
Vintage Trouble – Blues Hand Me Down
Lord have mercy on my soul! Well, this makes me shake. Blues that gets its jump on – just don't spill your drink.
Baroness – The Sweetest Curse
Now, I'm not legally allowed to pilot an automobile, but Slim tells me that this is the kind of music that one wants to hit the freeway with, at night, definitely within speed limits. Because we appreciate the Devil and safe driving.
Foxy Shazam – I Like It
Well, it was this, The Commodores (Brick House), Queen (Fat Bottomed Girls) or that Sir Mix-A-Lot joint – but this is the most contemporary anthem that I know of that expresses an appreciation of ladies with tremendous rear ends. Natural selection, I choose you.
Dessa – Dixon's Girl
I love Dessa. Well, I love Doomtree, but she is like my ODB of that group (by this I mean that she is who I wait to hear spit, not that she is a sexed up alcoholic, but hey, no judgements). More than her flexibility as an MC and booze-soul singing voice, however, Dessa's lyrics/narratives hit me right in the meaning bone. Stellar production doesn't hurt a damn lick at all, either.
16 Horsepower – Clogger
Well, it would probably be none too pleasing to David Eugene Edwards (main dude of this gothic-country group, now deceased, the group, not the man), a true believer in the saving power of the non-historical Jesus, that a pal of Satan, such as myself, gets right into his twang-a-liscious tales of temptation, failure and redemption. Makes me want to get dressed up in my Sunday best and harangue the public with a Bible in one hand and a bottle in the other. Seriously, if you want to chat about the historical Jesus, hit me up on our Facebook page.
O'Death – Bugs
Sometimes, when the wine runs out and everyone else has gone home, I like to sit in the dark and drink painfully cheap whiskey. This is what it sounds like.
Red Fang – Wires
This is the music that Slim likes to listen to when he gets ready for his next 'just got papped' moment. Also, when he is drinking beer. He listens to different stuff when he is drinking on spiced rum and lime, you know, a delicious.
Sage Francis – Gunz Yo (Nervous Remix)
Well, I couldn't find a link for the original, but the lyrics and flow stand up. Bravo, Francois… dude sure looks good in a cape.
Fall of Efrafa – Beyond the Veil
I've been diggin' on Fall of Efrafa's Elil EP for about a month now, very late to the party... it isn't party music at all, but with all of the droning heaviness, it makes for good music to read heavy ideas to – further, it is loosely based around the most brutal (and hence pleasing to Satan) literary work to relate to Oryctolagus cuniculus ever written, Watership Down.