Springtime without playoff hockey is like summer without swallows. While cinetrix and I go hang a lot of bad paper downstate, I'll be doling out musical tidbits from the founding cities of the NHL. Representing Montreal is (are?) Lesbians On Ecstasy, who, hard as it may be to credit, basically took Le Tigre's lunch money when they opened for them last month in Athens. The islands of Lesbos, and of Mount Royal, despite radically different climates, are similar in that their inhabitants are rarely accused of an excess of humor. True or not, LOE defy both Quebecois and Sapphic stereotypes with a vibe that is like a pervier and more synthetic Electric Six--imagine Ilsa, She-Wolf of the SS, doing her hours of community service for P-FLAG by raising community awareness of leather-clad women hollering Sham 69-style terrace chants over relentless drum machines and you get the idea. There is an interview with Bernie Bankrupt, their frontwoman, here. Also, the asciiCam is totally boss--they had video of themselves coded into ascii, and projected onto themselves as they played. Everything you might want to know about LOE can be found at their home on the internet, including how to own your own personal copy of their debut.
Lesbians on Ecstasy: "The_Pleasure_Principal"