Recommends: The Venomous Pinks “Vita Mors”

All roads have to lead to the highly-anticipated full-length album from The Venomous Pinks. After years of grinding it out in the punk scene and being highly valued by its top bands, it is finally their time to shine in the spotlight with Vita Mors coming out on June 3, 2022 on SBÄM Records.

If you haven’t seen them touring with famous bands around the country or listened to their previous EPs, then you are in for a ride. The Venomous Pinks have been around since 2012 and hail from Mesa, AZ. Drea Doll, Gaby Kaos, and Cassie Jalilie make up this 3 piece band and they definitely have something new to bring to the table. They write songs, make music, create merch, host podcasts, the list goes on. They are hustlers that have earned their way to the top of this musical food chain.

Vita Mors has a lot of power and support behind this album. It was recorded at Maple Sound Studios and produced by Cameron Webb and Linh Le. They also had a lot of help from the punk community with additional gang vocals and guitars. I will save all the production info for when you read the liner notes because you are in for a treat. But what does “Vita Mor” truly mean? It translates to “Life and Death”. This seems fitting for the past few years and covers a lot of the themes laid out within this album.

The Venomous Pinks give you the best of everything they do in this full-length. They give all types of punk genres: skate, street, pop-punk, and so much more. They have such a range of musical styles that it just glides between each song. The gang vocals were purposeful and well placed in songs such as No Rules and We Must Prevail. There are also light-hearted tracks such as We Do it Better, which utilizes lyrics from the famous Annie Get Your Gun musical. If Green Day can make a punk musical then we can bring the musical into punk.

Even with the slick guitar riffs and technical drum work that drives this album, there is so much more under the surface. Vita Mors is about the good things in our daily lives but also what we have lost and the battles will continue to fight. Ballads such as Broken Hearts Club and Apothecary Ailment are songs about loss whether that be in love or addiction. Throughout this album, there is also a deep demand for change in the status quo and how this world isn’t working for us. It was especially good to hear a song like Todos Unido on a current punk album, especially in a country that is not in our favor but we continue to fight for our existence and our community. Despite the battles and the loss, Vita Mors remains hopeful about continuing to fight those outside forces and the ones within.

If you like these bands you will enjoy The Venomous Pinks: Bad cop/Bad cop, The Last Gang, Alice Bag, Fabulous Disaster, The Drowns, Get Dead.

Track Listing:

1.) Mercy

2.) I Really Don’t Care

3.) No Rules

4.) We Do it Better

5.) Cross My Heart and Hope to Die

6.) Broken Hearts Club

7.) Apothecary Ailment

8.) Hold On

9.) Todos Unidos

10.) We Must Prevail

Links for The Venomous Pinks: Bandcamp, Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tiktok, Youtube, Spotify.

Pre-order Information: Vita Mors Vinyl

Fashion: The Punk Fashion of Rupaul’s Drag Race

You’re probably reading this thinking what do drag queens have to do with punk rock? Absolutely everything! Throughout the years the show Rupaul’s Drag Race has been one of the top rated shows on tv and has a die-hard following. I am definitely a huge fan and never miss an episode. That aside, I noticed somethings amongst all the glamour. These drag queens do not shy away from punk fashion and they do it justice. Within the spectrum of glam to goth, there are various ways these queens represent different versions of punk fashion. Here are my 3 top picks ( in no particular order) of the most punk rock drag queens of Rupaul’s Drag Race and where to find their punk looks:

Sharon Needle: Sharon was the winner of season 4 and is one of my first favorite queens since I related to her style the most. From the spooky to Aaron’s casual punk look, his stylings of drag are spectacular. I have never seen blood pour out of a models mouth on a runway or have tentacles for fingers. Both were amazing moments on the show. Sharon Needles is also a musician which also helps the punk persona.

Adore Delano: What don’t I love about Adore? The self-proclaimed punk rock mermaid herself is a great expression of modern punk fashion. I would wear anything she styles. But what makes Adore stand above the rest is the story behind this drag queen. Originally Danny was a contestant on American Idol in 2008 and has an amazing voice. He eventually got into a career in drag and went on to be in the top 3 finalists in season 6. I can’t get enough of Adore’s spirit, fashion, wit, and style. Check out the endless punk looks from blue hair, leather, and band tees on her Instagram. I think this gif sums up Adore perfectly.

 

Alaska Thunderfuck 5000: Let’s start with the word “fuck” in her drag name. Alaska is a great mix of glamour and punk. Whether she is looking couture in a gown while cussing like a sailor, Alaska is on top of her game. Alaska was part of the top three finalists of Season 5 and will be on the upcoming All-Stars season too. Alaska is also known for her creative fashion designs made of duct tape and trash bag couture. I can’t wait to see what is next from this queen.

Honorable Mentions:Raja and Violet Chachki

  • Violet basically is Betty Page on steroids and knows her craft so well.
  • Raja was the winner of season 3. She is very talented and can pull anything off, especially a mohawk.  Plus it doesn’t hurt that Raja was the makeup artist on American’s Next Top Model.

Regardless of any knowledge around the world of Rupaul’s Drag Race, the correlation is undeniable. I recently stumbled upon this gem where Alice Bag and Henry Rollins discuss this phenomenon. Enjoy: