Double Murder Suicide

Double Murder Suicide, "Jake's A Snake" (DOWNLOAD)
Double Murder Suicide, "Turned Heel too" (DOWNLOAD)

Some people, especially people who actually know me, will probably think I'm kidding when I say that the best new (or, at least, new to me) album that I've heard lately is by a band called Double Murder Suicide, is called lexlugersexmagik*, and is all about wrestling.

But seriously, I'm not kidding.

Drew brought lexlugersexmagik home on Friday night after his show at The Happy Dog and I didn't really think much about it. I may have said, "That's cool," sort of half-heartedly, you know, in the way one does when one has been woken up at 2:30am after falling asleep while reading a particularly trying passage of Infinite Jest, but I'm pretty confident that I didn't have any profound commentary to share.

So, the next day Drew and I listened to the album in the car and I was really surprised when it turned out to be totally fucking awesome.

Okay, I don't know anything about wrestling. At all. I didn't watch wrestling growing up and I'm an only child, so I didn't have brothers who watched wrestling, and this morning while I was brushing my teeth and thinking about writing this, I tried to remember anyone I knew who had watched wrestling and only three people came to mind: two boys that I went to grade school with who wore oversized black t-shirts with famous wrestlers on them and who were always drawing swastikas and bomber planes on their desks and a boy I went to high school with who went to great lengths to try and cover up the fact that he watched wrestling as a kid and still had a massive wrestling action figure collection. Drew and I did watch The Wrestler once, so I guess that sort of gives me an idea (albeit a totally depressing one) of what wrestling is all about. Full disclosure: I actually had to google the names used in song titles (Lex Luger, Eric Bischoff, Chris Benoit, Kevin Nash) so that I could get a sense of who was being talked about.

Fortunately, you really don't need to know anything about wrestling to listen to this (though I would imagine that it's a more engaging listening experience/there are more opportunities for deeper level discourse around the album if you know a little bit -- or even a lot -- about wrestling.) Double Murder Suicide layers guitars, drum machine beats, and audio clips from televised wrestling matches to create amazing lo-fi pop songs... about wrestling. Really, the "about wrestling" part can even sort of be secondary. The primary thing you need to know is that these songs are super-catchy and fun to listen to.

I'll be honest -- the opening track didn't really grab me, but things pick up fast. "Jake's a Snake," "The Warrior Lives in Me," and "Turned Heel Too" are all fantastic. If you'd like to get a copy of lexlugersexmagik, send an e-mail to jg242302@ohio.edu. Sorry I don't have any actual information (like, you know, how much it costs.)

* I feel like an idiot for even typing this out because I assume it's the kind of thing that everyone already knows, but just in case: The title is clearly a parody of (homage to?) the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Blood Sugar Sex Magik.

Double Murder Suicide, "Jake's A Snake" (DOWNLOAD)
Double Murder Suicide, "Turned Heel too" (DOWNLOAD)

1 comments:

Double Murder Josh Goldberg said...

Hi Side Ponytail,

I just wanted to thank you (on this Thanksgiving day) for posting such a positive review for lexlugersexmagik. It is very much appreciated.

Please feel free to post the entirety of the album. I'm not sure how many listeners are out there or interested in checking it out, but I do know that there are really no plans to release it outside of handing it out to friends, family, and various random people who have stumbled upon the previous albums and want to hear more. Thats why I am so happy you reviewed it and seemed to enjoy it for the highly-flawed, somewhat embarrassing ode to dead wrestlers and the New World Order it is.

So, thanks again Side Ponytail - the first and probably only website that will ever hear lexlugersexmagik.

SFW,
Double Murder Suicide

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