Following up their critically acclaimed 2006 album, “Free Alongside Ship” has proven to be no easy task, but the members of West Hollywood-based avant-pop band Shitting Glitter have expatiated upon their ‘angst meets kitsch’ theme to incorporate a broader palette of sounds and styles, all the while retaining their perceived political prowess and sense of social activism.
After releasing a dance-inspired EP of remixes (Solar City’s club mix of “Slut Buffet” receiving considerable attention), remakes, and rarities entitled “Sidesaddle Sweet Talk,” the band began recording sessions at Seamonster Sounds in Malibu with producer Hoagie Hill (Seattle's Naught, Mia Boyle, Congo Norvell, L.A.'s infamous Blue Daisies, Orchestra of Excited Strings). Adding in live drums, piano, percussion, layers of vocals, and several sessions of all-out musical cacophony created by a group of the band’s non-musician friends, the band has supplemented it’s original sound considerably, leaving behind labels like “80’s” and “electroclash” hastily slapped on the band’s previous releases.
Always open to working in a variety of genres, the tracks “Legalese” and “I’m A Vampire (Featuring Rich N. Famous)” find the band in more rock-oriented territory than ever before, and the lush, orchestral “The Collection” includes an instrumental coda that is haunting in it’s simplicity.
For live shows, the band is accompanied by the visually striking and energetic “Extreme Go-Go Squad” which includes West Hollywood drag queen favorites Coco Ono, Alaska Thuderfuck, and Petunia Bonaparte 5000. Throughout 2009, Shitting Glitter produced a sporadic club night, “Hot Pursuit,” which featured queer bands and performers, at venues around LA, Long Beach, and Bakersfield.
“Open For Business” will have a limited physical release on Nov. 12 with a party and performance at Here Lounge, 696 N. Robertson Blvd in West Hollywood, and world-wide release on Jan. 5, 2010. The band’s catalog is available from Amazon.com, CDBaby.com, and worldwide from iTunes.