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Ninja Sex Party: A Great Lei

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Ninja Sex Party

At a Ninja Sex Party show, you’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll do battle with mythical creatures. (Please note that concert venue staff are not “mythical creatures.”) And you’ll sing along to “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” unless you don’t like Tears for Fears — which is kinda weird but hey, you’re invited to the gig, too, Tears for Fears haters.

The point is, a Ninja Sex Party show is awesome. But over the course of three original albums and two collections of cover songs, the comedy rock duo of Danny Sexbang (the one in the blue tights) and Ninja Brian (the one who looks like a ninja) never quite captured the wild, over-the-top energy of their live performances on record. Until now.

“The cool thing about this album is that it’s sort of everything coming together at once,” says Danny of their sixth release, Cool Patrol, which comes out August 17th. “Not only do we have a great backing band in TWRP, but we also have a great producer in Jim Roach.” And songs about mythical creatures? And dick jokes? Yeah, those too. “It’s the same stupid jokes, with much better production value,” Brian confirms.

Featuring the singles “Eating Food in the Shower”, “Orgy for One” and “Danny Don’t You Know”, Cool Patrol is the album Ninja Sex Party have always wanted to make, a nonstop romp through ‘80s-inspired riffs, sing-along choruses, offbeat humor, inappropriate language and the occasional bitchin’ guitar solo. It’s way more fun than an orgy for one, though admittedly not quite as fun as eating in the shower — but then again, what is?

In real life, Danny Sexbang and Ninja Brian are Dan Avidan and Brian Wecht, both known for the wildly popular (4.5 million subscribers) YouTube gaming channel Game Grumps, which Dan co-hosts with Arin Hanson. They formed Ninja Sex Party in New York in 2009, where they met on the improv circuit. Brian was playing for musical improv groups, turning audience suggestions into spontaneous songs, and Danny was a struggling musician reinventing himself as a struggling comedian — until he realized that combining his two passions would be less of a struggle.

Right away, Danny and Brian felt like Ninja Sex Party would take them somewhere — which is good, because their first show was in front of just a handful of people. “Even though the audiences were very small, the response was enthusiastic right off the bat,” says Danny.

Their first album, NSFW, came out in 2011 and featured the fan favorites “Dinosaur Laser Fight” and “The Decision,” both bolstered by YouTube videos that established their offbeat style of comedy and answered the burning question, “Who invented space?” (Answer: Albert Einstein. Brian has a degree in theoretical physics, so it must be true.)

After completing a second album, Strawberries and Cream, Danny moved to Los Angeles, while Brian went to London to take a prestigious post as a physics professor. (And you thought we were kidding about that theoretical physics degree.) But the pull of NSP was too strong to resist, and after completing a third album, Attitude City, long-distance, Brian moved out to L.A. to rejoin his partner in rock.

Since then, Ninja Sex Party’s fan base has grown exponentially, fueled by their involvement with Game Grumps and hit viral videos like “Dragon Slayer” (7.1 million views, and probably the favorite song of that guy you saw dancing in a dragon onesie at that party that one time) and “No Reason Boner” (5 million views, and it’s something Danny’s working on). Along the way, they released a pair of cover albums, Under the Covers Vols. I and II, aided by their new friends, costumed Canadian rockers TWRP, who also worked on Cool Patrol and now act as Ninja Sex Party’s live backing band.

“They turned out to be the nicest guys ever and some of the most talented musicians I’ve met,” Brian says of TWRP. (The “P” stands for “Party” but for legal reasons, we can’t say what the rest means.) Besides helping the two bands mesh their playing styles into a cohesive whole, the Under the Covers albums had other, unexpected benefits: “It made me a much better singer,” says Danny. “Getting inside those songs and learning how Elton John sings, how Prince sings — I’ve had way more confidence singing on this new album than I did before.”

Which brings us to Cool Patrol — 15 tracks of fuck-yeah, produced by Jim Roach of Santa Monica Recordings and featuring guest musicians TWRP, Kenny Harris (Panic! at the Disco), Bob Reynolds (Snarky Puppy) and Rashawn Ross (Dave Matthews Band). Finally, Ninja Sex Party have a sound as epic as Danny Sexbang’s fur-lined cape and more intense than Ninja Brian’s ninja pants. From the raging metal guitars of “Release the Kraken” to the bouncy new wave of the dance-along title track to the delicate madrigals and bone-fracturing sound effects of “Courtship of the Mermaid”, it’s the most polished and sonically diverse Ninja Sex Party album to date.

One of Cool Patrol’s standout tracks is “Danny Don’t You Know”, a hilarious but heartfelt pep talk Danny Sexbang delivers to his awkward, nerdy younger self — played in the video by Stranger Things star (and longtime NSP fan) Finn Wolfhard — promising him that things will get better as he gets older and learns to unleash his inner “spandex butterfly.” “That ties in the more serious side of what we’re doing,” Danny says. “It’s a celebration,” Brian adds. “We’re these two guys that grew up weird and stayed weird, and now that’s working in our favor as opposed to, you know, people beating us up for it.”

Maybe that running theme of celebrating the nerds, geeks and outsiders that runs through all of Ninja Sex Party’s music explains the devotion of their massive fan base — over 1 million YouTube subscribers and 640,000 Twitter followers strong. “We did not anticipate how emotionally invested the fans would become,” Danny says. “It gives us the sense of, ‘Oh, good, we’re doing something that matters.’ It’s not just stupid. It’s stupid and meaningful.’”

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