"To Smithereens"
catalog number: GR#101
Vinyl LP /

Manufactured On Demand CD


Isaac Rotto / Guitar
Daniel Luedtke / Keyboards, Sax, Vocals
Angela Gerend / Drums, Electronics


Gay Beast formed mid-2005 during a fit of anxiety towards Midwestern passive aggression and as an attempt to make music that was queer in composition and aesthetic. Wielding a battery of drums, scraped and hammered guitars, chanted vocals, retro-future synths, saxophone, and other electronics, the trio (Angela Gerend, Daniel Luedtke, Isaac Rotto) build songs on grounds that adjoin complexity and catchiness, a space where both abrasion and tunefulness inhabit.

With releases on DNT, Gilgongo, and Skin Graft, Gay Beast have garnered a reputation for uniqueness on the rock fringe, their sound being both too weird for the stereotype of a “gay band” and “too gay” for the noise-rock set. Upon examination of the influence blender, one finds remnants of Devo, Captain Beefheart, equatorial pop-rock from the 60s and 70s, no wave, and feminist theory. This concoction, delivered via Gay Beast’s unique political approach to composition, is explored heavily on their third album “To Smithereens”, appearing on Skin Graft Records.

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o LP packaged in eleborate hand silk-screened sleeves
o First vinyl pressing comes complete with off-set booklet
o Also available on "Manufactured On Demand" CD retail-ready compact disc
o Touring Europe in February / USA in Spring 2011
o Recorded at Minnesota Public Radio Studios
o International press and radio campaign
Online Videos available
o Second full length released by SKiN GRAFT Records


o “Thundering out of the basements of Minneapolis, Gay Beast brings its wide-eyed, brutal sound . . . The group's latest record, ‘Second Wave,’ is full of erratic shifts in time signature, pleading yelps over razor-sharp eight-bit keyboards, and pounding tribal percussion. Although not for the faint of heart, this frenetic trio's music is miraculously danceable--the perfect soundtrack for a post-apocalyptic discotheque.”
- New Yorker

o “It's hard to put guitar/synth/drums trio Gay Beast into a neat little genre box, as they make some seriously, awesomely weird noise . . . They look and sound like something new. That's not easy. Hell, in this day and age of recycled everything, doing something different or new is almost impossible. They should have called themselves the Gay Pioneers. Or the Queer Pathfinders.”
- Portland Mercury

o ”Bands like Gay Beast used to get me excited, but none have had such a gloriously bent and creative batch of songs to match up with the innovation.”
– Doug Mosurak / Dusted Magazine

o “Think Health, think Lovely Little Girls, think DNA. But don't think too hard. It wouldn't be right.”
- Sound & Fury Records

o “Gay Beast are one of the few bands I've seen around that are seriously challenging the form and content of modern rock music. Their compositions and execution are ambitious and effective. A truly unique and weird band.”
- Weasel Walter

1) Poverty Witch
2) Dot Dot
3) Lottery
4) #
5) Compact
6) Poly ASX
7) Right Through
8) Smithereens
9) We Keep our Victims Ready (version)
10) Probably Won’t
11) Goodbye World

Download an MP3 from at the AUDIO Page
Read more at their BAND page