Ninja Sex Party
|Ninja Sex Party|
Ninja Sex Party on the set of their music video "Next to You" in 2012, as Ninja Brian (left) and Danny Sexbang.
|Origin||New York City, New York, U.S.|
Ninja Sex Party (often shortened to NSP) is an American musical comedy duo consisting of singer Dan Avidan and keyboardist Brian Wecht, created in 2009 in New York City and currently based in Los Angeles. They are also known as two thirds of the video game-based parody musical trio Starbomb together with frequent collaborator Arin Hanson, and as a part of the YouTube Let's Play webseries Game Grumps, also with Hanson.
The work of Ninja Sex Party typically consists of synthpop or rock-oriented humorous songs, frequently on the topics of sex, seduction, love, or fantasy, with Avidan and Wecht portraying the characters of Danny Sexbang, an idiotic, exuberant, and strangely-dressed hypersexual Jew, and Ninja Brian, an uncommunicative, homicidal ninja; however, their 2016 cover album, Under the Covers, saw them take on serious music for the first time, covering 12 songs originally released during the 1970s and 1980s. To date, NSP has released four studio albums, in addition to two albums as a part of Starbomb, while also releasing original, non-musical material on their YouTube channel.
2009–2012: Formation and early career
Avidan, who previously sang in the bands The Northern Hues and Skyhill, initially conceptualized the band. In need of a producer, Avidan was introduced to Wecht, who was musical director of a comedy troupe in New York, by mutual friends at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. The band was formed in early 2009 with Avidan going by his stage-name/character "Danny Sexbang" and Wecht going by "Ninja Brian". Inspired by The Lonely Island and Flight of the Conchords, Ninja Sex Party was about "a Jewish superhero who wears a unitard, with his best friend who's a ninja, and together they sing songs about dicks, and try to hit [unsuccessfully] on women."
They began performing together that summer, appearing in various film festivals, including SXSW, Dragon Con, and the LACS. They have been awarded "Best Comedy Video" by Industry Power Play, as well as the "Trophy of Awesomeness" on Vimeo's video website. They won "Best Comedy Video Short" and "Best Comedy Song" in Improvisation News' 2010 INNY Awards. Their video "Sex Training" also appeared on the Comedy page of The Huffington Post.
2013–2014: Strawberries and Cream, Game Grumps, and Starbomb
In July the band released the single "Party of Three", off their third album. The song featured an appearance by animator and Internet personality Arin Hanson.
In late 2013, Avidan, Wecht, and Hanson teamed up to create a side project band named Starbomb, with Avidan as the lead singer-songwriter. The band writes parody songs about video games, bringing together the sexually provocative music stylings of Ninja Sex Party and the video game-based humor of Hanson.
On the week of February 15, 2014, Starbomb, the group's eponymous album, would hold the #1 spot in Comedy Albums for 4 consecutive weeks. Starbomb also reached #1 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers charts for 2 consecutive weeks, starting with the week of January 4, 2014. In July, 2014, Ninja Sex Party performed a concert for San Diego Comic-Con International at Nerd HQ, Petco Park. They also released the music video for "Why I Cry" during the concert.
2015–2016: Attitude City, Under the Covers, and collaborations
On August 3, 2015, Ninja Sex Party performed with Steel Panther at their House of Blues venue, singing "Party All Day." The bands have collaborated on multiple occasions, with Steel Panther making a cameo in the band's "Road Trip" music video, and providing vocals for "6969."
On October 7, 2015, Avidan released the one-track album Firefly with Peter Lennox. The two had previously worked together as the atmospheric band Skyhill from 2006 to 2007. The album was acclaimed for the band's "maturing in both lyrics and sound" over their previous album.
On February 23, 2016, a music video was released for their cover of "Take On Me"; the video for their cover of "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" was released one week later, on March 1, 2016. On March 4, 2016, Under the Covers was released to the public. The album debuted on the Billboard charts at #9 in Top Album Sales, #2 in Independent Albums, #3 in Rock Albums, and #17 in the Top 200 Albums.
2016–present: Cool Patrol
On October 18, 2016, a music video was released for the lead single off their fifth album, Cool Patrol. On February 16, 2017 the music video for the second single off Cool Patrol, "Eating Food in the Shower," was released.
- Band members
- Session/touring members
- Arin Hanson – spoken vocals (2011–present); also performs Starbomb songs with them at NSP live shows
- Tupper Ware Remix Party – backup band (2015–present)
Popularity and influence
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Congrats to last night's winners: Ninja Sex Party, Junk Science, Scott Beowulf, Doble Filo and Meeting of Important People!
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