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There are those bands that sell silk-screened T-shirts and copies of their latest CDs at shows, about which you can learn more by following them on Twitter or visiting their ReverbNation page.
Conversely, there are those that give away cologne and perfume samples or free tape collages recorded on recycled cassettes, purchased at thrift stores, that sometimes don't work.
Denton's Vulgar Fashion is the latter.
Whether they're wearing football uniforms or using an old TV as a noise generator or testing the limits of a PA system, it is clear that the duo is doing something original, interesting and perverted.
"We write a lot of romantic, melodic death pop, but we add a lot of crotch to it," says band member Andrew Michael. "A lot of our songs are metal songs done on synthesizers and drum machines."
Their dark synth-pop sound is filtered through their noise and metal influences, resulting in what he calls "emotional adult-contemporary puke."
The band doesn't play out very often—and even less often now that they're working on recording a 12-inch album with no particular release date to speak of.
"We're recording songs we've been writing for the past three and a half years," Michael says. "It's about five songs with a lot of collage and noise segues."
His experience in playing in Rival Gang with bandmate Julie McKendrick is what led to the formation of Vulgar Fashion in the first place. Beginning as "a vehicle to write these gay, romantic songs," the band eventually became a side project between the two.
"I played him some stuff that I wrote when I was younger that he related to and he played me things he wrote when he was younger, too, and it was familiar to me," McKendrick says.
After experimenting with their sound as a duo, they both decided to start writing music together.
"It was everything we both wanted in a band," McKendrick adds. "It was perfect."
The two seem to be in perfect agreement—not only in the sound but in the aesthetic the band achieves, as artwork and nontraditional media are very important to the band's identity.
"Whenever we don't dress up, we're in costume," Michael says. "People are still wearing blue jeans and T-shirts and stuff, and they're restricting themselves by wearing Old Navy. We're looking forward to the day when you can go into Kroger and people are dressed up like clowns and have skeleton faces."
Making an exception to their live-show hiatus, the band will play alongside 12 other acts at WeShotJR's final show Saturday at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios.