High drama

By BARRY THOMPSON  |  April 28, 2009

"Which is good, because I tend to spew out garbage," continues Barringer. "I have boxes full of tapes, going back 10 or 12 years, that will never see the light of day."

The customary "band A combined with band B on drug Z" formula doesn't quite click for MEandJOANCOLLINS, so it's tempting to toss them under the "unclassifiable" bus. But they spared me any such hassle by being one of the few bands who can describe their own æsthetic.

"I just tell people we're a rock-and-roll band," says Grygiel. "In this day and age, everyone's afraid to say that. You have to have some fancy name: glam rock, indie rock, something. But rock and roll's cool. It works for us."

"We're post-glam mom rock," says Barringer. "We ended up calling ourselves mom rock for a couple of days."

"Then we stopped, because we were afraid we'd be quoted saying that," says Grygiel.

Barringer goes on, "As bad-ass as we want to be, my favorite bands are post-punk bands like Wire, Television, and Gang of Four. But I ended up writing hooky, Beatlesy-type songs that your mom would love."

And who among us has a mom who couldn't stand to masturbate a little less?

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