Pansy Division

Ivy Room Presents

Pansy Division

The Homobiles, Lolly Gaggers

Sat · June 29, 2019

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$15.00 - $17.00

Tickets at the Door.

This event is 21 and over

Pansy Division
Pansy Division
There have been gay musicians hidden throughout rock music history, but Pansy Division when began in 1991 in San Francisco, they were the first to to be so boldly open about it. Founded by guitarist/singer Jon Ginoli and soon joined by bassist/vocalist Chris Freeman, with the intent of forming a gay rock band, Pansy Division blew the closet doors open.

Raised on a diet of 60s pop and 70s punk, their sound was suitably crunchy and catchy as hell. They wrote in-your-face lyrics, but did it with a sense of humor. Not only did their music and stance defy stereotypic norms of rock musicians being openly gay, they also broke gay cultural stereotypes that rock wouldn't interest gay people.

With album titles like Undressed and Deflowered, and song titles like "Bill & Ted's Homosexual Adventure," their bluntness and humor stood out amidst the '90s alterna-rock scene. Says Chris Freeman, "there was a lot of gay culture we couldn't relate to, so we tried to invent a place for ourselves in it, an alternative for other queer misfits." Having had the experience of being ostracized by other musicians for being gay and by other gays for being into rock, “we tried to turn our alienation into something positive,” says Ginoli. “Instead of being depressed about it, we tried to make music that would make us—and our audience—happy. We could laugh about it, so we put that joy into the music.”

Beginning in 1993, they put out an album a year for six years on Lookout Records. Their music caught the attention of former Lookout labelmates Green Day, who took Pansy Division on tour for a couple of months in 1994 at the height of the mania surrounding their breakthrough album Dookie. Says Ginoli, ”When we started our band we thought we’d be playing our music to people in their 20s & 30s who were gay or gay-friendly. Suddenly we faced thousands of high school kids each night, an amazing opportunity we never expected to have.” The response was decidedly mixed, but their popularity soared.

Pansy Division toured and recorded almost non-stop during the 1990s, along the way recruiting a permanent drummer (Luis Illades) and a lead guitarist (first Patrick Goodwin, now Joel Reader).
The Homobiles
The Homobiles
Queer party punk supergroup formed in 2015 singing songs about cars and babes, crimes and change, bathhouses and ballot measures. Featuring Lynn Breedlove (ex-Tribe-8 frontman and founder of Homobiles the ride service) and Stephany Joy Ashley on lead vocals, Fureigh (ex-The Shondes) on guitar, storied queer festival Homo A Go Go creator Ed Varga on drums, award-winning songwriter Mya Byrne on bass, and Corrie Bennett on violin.
Lolly Gaggers
Lolly Gaggers
A new Bay Area queer quintet bringing Dark Post Punk guitar driven garage rock. Think Flipper swapping spit with 45 Grave.
Venue Information:
Ivy Room
860 San Pablo Ave
Albany, CA, 94706
http://www.ivyroom.com/