Undercover Slut

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Undercover Slut
Origin Paris, France
Genres Shock rock
Glam punk
Hard rock
Heavy metal
Gothic rock
Deathrock
Years active 1995–present
Labels Offensive Records
Website www.undercoverslut.org
Members 'O'
Drag


Undercover Slut (also known as UCS and stylised as VNDERCOVER SLVT) is a French/American shock rock and glam punk group, based in Paris, France.

Throughout the history of the band there have been multiple line-up changes, nearly thirty people have been involved with the band, while certain musicians do contribute music, vocalist and lyricist 'O' remains the only constant member.

Although the group are most often referred to as a form of industrial music and indeed used that as part of their sound, they also implement strong elements of '77 punk rock influence and gothic rock, topped off with an image similar to glam rock.

Undercover Slut have been a feature in underground music, particularly in Europe since the 1990s, though they have also toured the United States several times. In terms of musical releases, the band has put out many self-produced recordings, their first official full-length album was Communism Is Fascism released in 2004, and which has gained them attention.

Sound and image[edit]

The group play have been covered by glam media sources, and even had songs released on a couple glam compilations for USA's Delinquent Records. This is most likely because of their image, which incorporates heavy use of make-up.

Undercover Slut's make-up bares a resemblance to that of the geisha, with striking white foundation topped off with bright red lipstick and black eye make-up. Due to darker elements of Glam in their image, the band are sometimes compared to Marilyn Manson by media who are not familiar with the band. However, Undercover Slut have stated strong opposition to that group, dismissing Brian Warner as a "clown" and quipping "That 'god of fat' needs to call it quits".[1]

Frontman 'O' (A.K.A. Letter Number Thief-Teen and Romeo Gestapo), has cited punk rock bands Sex Pistols and the New York Dolls as an influence on Undercover Slut; this is mirrored in their music, which follows anti-establishment themes. The band themselves describe their music as "that perfect sexual intercourse between creepy deathrock, '77 punk rock nostalgia, industrial darkness and a so fuckin' pretty larger-than-life glamour Image."[2]

Animal rights and philanthropy[edit]

'O' is passionate about campaigning for animal rights, and is said to be devout vegetarian, Undercover Slut even has a section dedicated to them on the Animal Liberation Front website, as well as an interview discussing their beliefs.[3] On their album Communism Is Fascism, Undercover Slut have a track regarding this, a blank 1 minute track titled "Sixty Silent Seconds to Repent for Your Animal Genocide". It is not only animal rights the band covers, they have also played an anti-paedophilia concert in Paris, France in July 2005.[4]

Biography[edit]

The band has existed in various forms since October 1995. Going through several line-up changes with leader 'O' remaining as the only constant member. The musicians of Undercover Slut are only referred to and known by their stage names.

During the 1990s, Undercover Slut self-released various E.P.'s through their own Hateful Society Production label. Their first demo album Lipstikk Whore No. 666 was released through Scream in Japan exclusively.

Communism Is Fascism[edit]

2004 saw the band releasing their second demo album Fuck That Celebrity Trash & Your Ghetto Cunt Drama. Shortly after the release of their second demo album, Undercover Slut signed to Apokalypse Records, opened their MySpace account on September 27, 2004, and released their first full length album Communism Is Fascism on December 24, 2004. leaving Apokalypse Records the following year, for a 2-record deal with Free-Will (Dir En Grey's label) in July 2005.

In interviews 'O' often refers to their hometown as "Psychotic Paris, Fucked-up France".[5] Undercover Slut have toured the United States six times over six years; as of 2006, tours of the United States are normally promoted as "Amerikkka Tour". Undercover Slut went through several record label changes in 2005 and 2006, first Free-Will, but the band left after becoming unhappy with the European label manager's work ethic.

February 2006 saw Undercover Slut sign to SixSixSix Records, a British label which was set up by former Christian Death manager Tim Fraser and Cradle Of Filth bassist Dave Pybus. During that period, the band performed live at London's Underworld and appeared on U.K. television show Redemption TV. SixSixSix Records being financially unable to produce and release any Undercover Slut recordings, 'O' decided to leave this label to concentrate on his own record label: Offensive Records.

The White Whore era and Amerikkka Macht Frei[edit]

A full length record was planned for release in 2006 via Free-Will: Inside That Cult That Loves to Terror, but this did not see the light of day. Undercover Slut embarked on their fourth tour of the United States which started on August 8 in New York City, it was named the "Genocide, Homicide & Suicide - Amerikkka Tour 2K6".

'O' introduced new members into Undercover Slut, in the form of guitarist Divine, bassist Drag, and drummer Fake; this change was referred to as the band entering "The White Whore" era. With this line-up, the band played their fifth tour of the United States, known as the "White Whore Supremacy - Amerikkka Tour 2K7"; it started again in New York City at Snitch, a club owned by Velvet Revolver members.

In September 2007, Undercover Slut started pre-production at Next Level Studio in Los Angeles with producer Stevo Bruno (Brides of Destruction, Mötley Crüe), then recorded and mixed their brand new album Amerikkka Macht Frei at the Chop Shop in Los Angeles. The thirteen track album, set to include a cover version of The Cure's "Killing an Arab", also features some guest musicians. Matthew Roberts (Charles Manson's son) is featured in a spoken word duet with 'O' on the track "Jesus Kills! Coroner Saves!", Eric Griffin (Synical, ex-Murderdolls, Wednesday 13) plays lead guitar on the track "Kastration Kar Krashes" and Teddy Heavens (Rebel Rebel, Los Angeles Death Dolls) plays lead guitar on "Dali Was a Junkie".[6]

Amerikkka Macht Frei was produced by Chris Baseford (Tommy Lee, Methods of Mayhem, John 5, Rob Zombie, Genitorturers), assisted by Will Thompson (Rob Zombie). Undercover Slut's Amerikkka Macht Frei record sleeve was done by Dean Karr (whose previous record sleeves include Marilyn Manson's Antichrist Superstar, Slipknot's Slipknot and Amen's Amen & We Have Come for Your Parents).

Undercover Slut's Amerikkka Macht Frei was released on Monday, December 8, 2008 via Offensive Records (OR 999). CD format includes an uncensored video version of "Shadow Song", filmed by Dean Karr (who directed Marilyn Manson's "Sweet Dreams" and Amen's "The Price of Reality").

So far, rave reviews have been published in Kerrang! Magazine, Metal Hammer U.K. quoting Undercover Slut as "the best new band in ages!". Two sold-out shows in Paris: Undercover Slut were offered to open for The Damned at legendary's Gibus Club, then later on performed with Dio - Distraught Overlord at Le Trabendo, which was greatly reviewed in U.K.'s Bizarre Magazine.

In 2009, Undercover Slut headlined La Locomotive in Paris, France where Teddy Heavens (Rebel Rebel, Los Angeles Death Dolls) joined UCS on stage for "Dali Was a Junkie" and Mötley Crüe's "Shout at the Devil", co-headlined the J-Music Fest II in Lyon, France and headlined the GoreNight Fest 2009 in Dunkerque, France as a 5-piece band introducing Drag as a rhythm guitarist.

In Spring 2010, Amerikkka Macht Frei has been re-released as a 13-track Digipak CD and as a 12-song white vinyl LP and 12-song black vinyl LP via Deadlight Entertainment (Synical, Sister, Prophets Of Addiction, New Rising Son, Acey Slade & the Dark Party).

On August 30, 2010, 'O' came up on stage and provided backing vocals for Rebel Rebel at the Viper Room in Los Angeles.

On September 11, 2010, Undercover Slut headlined London's Slimelight as a charity show for the Sophie Lancaster Foundation.

On December 13, 2010, 'O' performed live as Romeo Gestapo, opening for New York City rapper Necro at La Bellevilloise in Paris, France.

The Jet Black Mafia era and Only Sick Music Makes Money Today[edit]

On January 29, 2011, Undercover Slut opened for the Murderdolls at l'Elysee Montmartre in Paris, France in front of nearly 1,400 people, premiering The Jet Black Mafia era.

On February 19, 2011, Undercover Slut headlined the Imbolc Breizh Metal Fest 2011 in the heart of legendary's Broceliande woods. During that fest, 'O' did a cameo appearance on Orties Plus Putes que Toutes les Putes live promo-video.

On May 28, 2011, Undercover Slut headlined a deathrock festival at Bateau Concorde Atlantique in Paris, France.

Right in the middle of the Summer 2011 English riots, Undercover Slut headlined Nambucca in London, England on August 7, 2011.

Undercover Slut's "Shadow Song" has been featured on Kinryu-No-Mai [-Tribute and Support to Japan-], a charity compilation CD for 2011 Japanese tsunami victims.

On November 15, 2012, Undercover Slut opened for Wednesday 13 at La Boule Noire in Paris, France.

On February 11, 2013, Undercover Slut opened for The 69 Eyes at Le Nouveau Casino in Paris, France, marking the return of Undercover Slut's White Whore Era member Drag on bass guitar.

On April 9, 2013, a preview mix of the song "Laughing Like Hyenas" has been featured on the playlist of "The Watt From Pedro Show", the podcast run by Mike Watt (The Stooges, The Minutemen).

The band is currently working on its brand new album Only Sick Music Makes Money Today to be released on December 2014.

Members[edit]

Current[edit]

  • 'O' - lead and background vocals
  • Drag - all guitars

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Amerikkka Macht Frei (12-song white Vinyl LP) Deadlight Entertainment / Offensive Records / Underclass 2010
  • Amerikkka Macht Frei (12-song black Vinyl LP) Deadlight Entertainment / Offensive Records / Underclass 2010
  • Amerikkka Macht Frei (13-track enhanced Digipack CD w/ uncensored "Shadow Song" video) Deadlight Entertainment / Offensive Records / Underclass 2010
  • Amerikkka Macht Frei (12-track enhanced CD w/ uncensored "Shadow Song" video) Offensive Records / Sounds 2008
  • Communism Is Fascism (15-track enhanced CD w/ "Legalize Suicide" video) Apokalypse Records / Season Of Mist 2004
  • Communism Is Fascism (15-track enhanced CD w/ "Legalize UCS" video - DVD Box) Apocalypse Records / Season Of Mist 2004

E.P.'s[edit]

  • VICE (3-track CD) Offensive Records 2014
  • Hollywood Noir (3-song Vinyl LP) Diess Prod / Offensive Records / Musicast 2008
  • The White Whore Era EP (6-track CD) Offensive Records 2006
  • The Van Gogh Disease (6-track CD) Offensive Records 2006
  • Drama-Sick Democra-Sin (3-track enhanced CD w/ "Darling Darling" video) Free-Will Europe / Musicast 2005
  • Our Legalize Suicide Sessions (3-track CD) Hateful Society Production 2003
  • Naziconographick: Terrorism Tracks For Nihilistic Numbers (7-track CD) Hateful Society Production 2002
  • Sadistic Sampler (9-track CD) Hateful Society Production 2000
  • Undercover Slut (cassette tape) Hateful Society Production 1999
  • Lipstikk Whore No. 666 (cassette tape) Hateful Society Production 1998
  • Foreplay... (cassette tape) Hateful Society Production 1995

Singles[edit]

  • Evil Star Virus (1-track CD) Hateful Society Production 2002
  • Addicted, Obsessed & Possessed (2-song cassette tape) Hateful Society Production 1996

Demos[edit]

  • Fuck That Celebrity Trash & Your Ghetto Cunt Drama (7-track CD) Hateful Society Production 2004
  • Lipstikk Whore N°666 (12-track CD) Scream (Japan) 2000

Split CD's[edit]

  • Rebel Slut (6-track Split CD w/ Rebel Rebel) FTW Records & Filmworks / CafePress (U.S.A.) 2005

Compilations[edit]

  • Kinryu-No-Mai - Tribute And Support To Japan Nos Prod. (Japan) 2011
  • Generation Dead - A Compilation From The Dark Side Of Music Dead Records (Australia) 2010
  • Riot On Sunset - Vol. 1 - Soundtrack To The Underground 272 Records (U.S.A.) 2007
  • Lost Anarchy - Volume No. 2: Mojo World Disorder Demons In Exile Records (U.S.A.) 2006
  • Lost Anarchy - Volume 1: Buy Or Die! Demons In Exile Records (U.S.A.) 2005
  • An Hour With Bubblegum Slut Bubblegum Slut (U.K.) 2002
  • Lipstikk Killerz - Vol. 1 Lollypop Records (France) 1998
  • The Pink And The Black - a goth & glam collection Delinquent Records (U.S.A.) 1998
  • It's Only Indie Rock N' Roll But I Like It!!! - Compilation 2 Delinquent Records (U.S.A.) 1996

References[edit]

  1. ^ Industrial Interview[dead link]
  2. ^ Glitzine Interview
  3. ^ Animal Liberation Front - "Saints"
  4. ^ News - Anti-Padeo Show
  5. ^ TheGauntlet.com Interview
  6. ^ Blabbermouth.net

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