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VR SEX Announce New Album “Rough Dimension” & Share Lead Single & Video “Victim Or Vixen”
VR SEX, the acid punk alias of Andrew Clinco of Drab Majesty who dons the moniker Noel Skum for this project, has announced that his new album, Rough Dimension, is due out on March 25th via Dais Records. The first single & video from the record, Victim or Vixen, is streaming online now. Directed by by Danny Perez, Skum commented on the visuals saying “Ursula the slug goes out for a day on the town. What will happen next?”
The latest by VR SEX takes its title from an architectural phrase but more importantly refers to the warped, wicked underworld the songs both chronicle and condemn. Clinco vents his scorn for and fascination with the seedy, surreal margins of low-life Los Angeles, doomed to dead ends of vanity, lust, and technology. Although initially launched as an outlet for “heavier sounds” beyond Clinco’s duties in new wave fantasists Drab Majesty, the project has ripened into a compelling exercise in world building, weaving themes of gritty city neo-futurist sleaze within a framework of driving, distorted guitars and cathode-blasted synths. Echoes of Chrome, Wire, Minimal Man and The Sisters Of Mercy ripple through the collection, but ultimately Rough Dimension charts its own twisted vision of “our unforgiving reality.”
VR SEX‘s specialty is making these cautionary tales of psychic decay and tainted love a thrill rather than a drag. There’s a sunglasses at night glamor to Clinco’s choruses and solos, a wit to his black leather judgements (“what is the answer / to cancerous people / walking in my line of sight?”). The music’s milieu tends towards parasites and predators but its mood skews refreshingly accelerated and amused, cruising the strip with a cigarette, watching goths and limousines crawl in gridlock beneath digital billboards. The Rough Dimension may be a cesspool, but it’s home.
You can stream Victim Or Vixen and pre-order Rough Dimension here