Gen, of the goth-metal outfit the Genitorturers, imagines herself to be the female equivalent of the Marquis de Sade, the notorious author of 120 Days of Sodom, who was locked up in the Bastille for his perverse writings.
How perverse you ask? Well, check out this passage from 120 Days: "He has four girls fart in his mouth all the while he embuggers a fifth, then he changes girls. All rotate: all fart, all are embuggered; he does not discharge until he has finished with the fifth ass."
Take that, Two Girls One Cup.
Of course, some folks can see more than offensiveness in the writings of de Sade. Some see the funny. And you can count Gen, the singer and instigator of official debauchery for the Genitorturers, as one of them.
"I think that obviously there are elements of purposeful absurdity to provoke thought [in 120 Days of Sodom]," Gen says. "There is definitely that element with my character and my onstage character as well."
That said, it's not all fun and games for Gen and the Genitorturers in concert. Channelling de Sade on stage can be a dangerous affair. "We used to have this torture rack that was huge, that had this big spinning bed in it," Gen says. "One time I wasn't paying attention, and I turned around at the wrong time, and the rack came down on me and knocked me out."
Gen hasn't always had to worry about being KO'd by medieval torture devices. She used to be mild-mannered pre-med student in Orlando. And while Gen finished her pre-med studies in the land of Mickey Mouse, she ultimately didn't get her medical degree. The reason: IRS Records came a'calling. And from that point on, Gen was on the road of rock 'n' roll decadence.
In 1993, her band released 120 Days of Genitorture, followed by Sin City (1998), Machine Love (2000), and Flesh Is the Law (2003).
Now Gen and her band — bassist Evil "D" David Vincent, guitarist Bizz, and special guests — are touring in support of the Genitorturers' latest release Blackheart Revolution.
And like the opening track "Revolution" says, the name of the game is, um, revolution. The battlefield? Rock 'n' roll.
"Rock 'n' roll is currently experiencing a revolution for sure. I think it's definitely going to go further, and I think that bands like Genitorturers are hopefully going to lead the charge," Gen says of her band, which independently distributes its music and DVDs on its own label, G-Force Records. "I think that these days it's obvious that you can create a lot of change and create a very strong statement and be very, very self sustaining as an artist, and I think that's empowering as well."
Of course, the band's other — and primary focus — is to craft good music. And in the case of the Genitorturers, that music takes the form of the industrial metal, boot-stomp boogie pioneered by Rob Zombie, Nine Inch Nails, and Marilyn Manson. However, in the case of Gen and company, all those metallic guitars and hard-hitting beats are interrupted by some truly catchy melodies. Just give a listen to "Revolution" and marvel at how effortlessly the track goes from an end-times march across Mordor to a beer-hall sing-along in the Shire. Frodo weeps.
However, only one track on Blackheart Revolution could find a legitimate spot on Top 40 radio alongside Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" and Miley Cyrus' "Party in the U.S.A." Of course, this one track by the Genitorturers never will. And rightfully so. It's just too damn naughty. But what do you expect from a song called, prepare yourself, "Cum Junkie."
According to Gen, "The most perverse title on the record, 'Cum Junkie,' is also the most attractive and pop-centered. And that's kind of the point as well.