BEN IS DEAD #13 May 1991 page 33


Hammerhead is an 'industrial dance' club held on Thursdays at Que Sera, a lesbian bar in Long Beach. Nervous Gender was asked to play on short notice, so they had to quickly throw together a show, which was difficult because their programs had been stolen at their last gig and they had to reconstruct all their material from scratch. The resulting 25-minute set was short, but intense.

Does programmed music sound like a wimpy idea? Think again. Keyboardists Mike and Joe, with Gerardo confronting the audience with lyrics about all aspects of sexuality, spare nothing. This leaner, meaner Nervous Gender would have sounded best pounding thru a more powerful PA, something the band has yet to find. Maybe at Al's in May? Not a chance.

Even though they got enthusiastic hoots and hollers from the audience, the band decided not to encore with 'Fat Cow.' With lyrics like 'Fat cow / moo moo / four teats / cow hips,' the crowd might have listened with a sense of humor and loved it. Why not take a risk? (Wild Don)

[Wild Don is Don Lewis]