Freak Occurrence

Pink Grease isn't afraid to glam it up

Lewarne especially admires X-rated electro-rap goddess Peaches as someone who can "mutilate" sounds from the past to come up with something new. "Uncompromising," he calls her. And she's already taken Pink Grease under her wing, inviting the band to open for her a few months ago.

"She controls the whole thing and she's actually got no attitude whatsoever. She's just friendly to everybody. And all her fans seem to be our fans as well -- all the same kind of people. We had 1,800 people -- the biggest gig we've ever done -- at the London Astoria. Someone had a banner saying `Fuck me, Pink Grease!' You have to laugh at that sort of thing," he says.

Up next, Lewarne says Pink Grease may go on tour with Ladytron or the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion -- two bands that seem to be at opposite extremes of the sex spectrum (the former, glacial, and the latter, hot and bothered). He thinks either pairing would make sense, because Pink Grease doesn't completely fit in anywhere.

Broken social scene: Pink Grease started as a reaction to a glut of Oasis clones.
Paul Heartfield
Broken social scene: Pink Grease started as a reaction to a glut of Oasis clones.

"We like to be freaks, you know? Basically, we want to express our personal freakishness and encourage our audience to express their own personal freakiness as well," he says. "Everyone's a freaky individual when you get down to it."

E-mail michele.laudig@newtimes.com, or call 602-229-8497.

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