Pansy Division Hits The Quarter-Century Mark

One score and five years ago, guitarist/singer Jon Ginoli brought Pansy Division into this world.  Now the pioneering queercore punk band is two months away from issuing its ninth studio album, followed by shows on both coasts.

Pansy Division wraps its lyrics with tasty riffs and hooks, resulting in irresistible earworms that often echo in the mind long after hearing the songs.  Founded in 1991 by Ginoli, the band issued an album every year for six years while on Lookout Records and toured with then-label-mates Green Day during the latter’s Dookie era. 

Photo: Martin Meyers

The band was also the subject of the 2009 documentary.  “Pansy Division: Life In A Gay Rock Band,” that screened at several film festivals.  Ginoli’s collection of stories and experiences in the group resulted in the memoir “Deflowered: My Life In Pansy Division.”

The new album, Quite Contrary, arrives Sept. 9 on Alternative Tentacles.  Tracks include “Love Came Along,” described as a “brutally truthful song about love and lust,” along with “Halfway To Nowhere,” which delves into the “lifestyle of prolonged substance abuse,” and “Blame The Bible,” about this year’s presidential election.

In addition to Ginoli, today’s Pansy Division includes bassist/singer Chris Freeman, guitarist/singer Joel Reader and drummer Luis Illades.  Here’s the schedule:

Sept. 20 – Somerville, Mass., Once Ballroom
Sept. 21 – Philadelphia, Pa., Kung Fu Necktie
Sept. 22 – Washington, D.C., Hill Country Barbecue Market
Sept. 23 – Baltimore, Md., Metro Gallery
Sept. 24 – Brooklyn, N.Y., Sunnyvale Brooklyn
Nov. 4 – San Diego, Calif., Soda Bar
Nov. 5 – Long Beach, Calif., Alex’s Bar
Nov. 6 – Palm Springs, Calif., Downtown Palm Springs (Greater Palm Springs Pride)
Nov. 9 – Seattle, Wash., The Funhouse
Nov. 10 – Portland, Ore., Dante’s
Nov. 11 – San Francisco, Calif., Bottom Of The Hill
Nov. 12 – West Hollywood, Calif., Viper Room 

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