Fag Rag isn't the kind of band you take home to mama, particularly if your mama lives in a world of Sunday services and bunnies and not-gay rainbows. This Missoula group is pure piss and vinegar, and they don't really care if said metaphorical fluids offend your societal norms and expectations. Even their name is set to send radio DJs into a fit of squirmy apologies.
Rainbow Satan delivers lots of experimental punk—brash, loud, barely-held-together punk. Fag Rag combines the shrill atonality of noise rock with the spit and swagger of frontwoman Mikki Lunda. The girl has some serious attitude and theatrical range: growly and sinister one second, lost in an insane yowling frenzy the next. That screaming delivery really drives the band. She sounds a little like how Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs would sound, I imagine, if someone lit her on fire.
This isn't the kind of album I'd pop on while at work or recreation. But if Fag Rag delivers the same energy in person that they've packed into Rainbow Satan, all the ingredients are in place for a killer live show. And if your expectations of a gay devil veer toward the sensitive "South Park" portrayal, you're in for a surprise. This Satan has some teeth.
Fag Rag plays Total Fest at the Missoula Art Museum Thursday, Aug. 19, at 7 PM.