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Gay Kiss @ Yucca Tap Room

"This whole interview is just going to be us trying to figure out how an assembly line works." I am at the house of Mark Glick, the founder of Anxiety Machine records, along with all the members of the hardcore band Gay Kiss. Together, we are packing copies of their soon-to-be-released LP. Record and insert go into the jacket, jacket into the poly bag, bagged product into boxes that will be taken on their tour. Everyone has an assigned task, and while there is some initial confusion, work eventually moves at a steady pace. The LP we are packing, Fault, was recorded last summer under the kind of eccentric circumstances that the band seems to thrive in — the vocal tracks were recorded in the bathroom of the band's practice space for the sake of "challenging" vocalist Roger Calamaio. "I taped stuff on the wall to taunt him," says guitarist Mitch James. "Like a very recent deep wound," Calamaio says. "Shit that had just happened." The approach worked: Gay Kiss makes the kind of music that normal people can't play. Not something that sounds like Keith Morris cheekily singing "I'm about to have a nervous breakdown," but more like an actual nervous breakdown. If you lament about the lack of weird hardcore bands like Die Kreuzen and My War-era Black Flag in this day and age, cut it out. There's Gay Kiss.