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Albums Of The Week: Christeene | Midnite Fukk Train

The feral New York performance artist makes Peaches seem like a pre-schooler.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Midnite Fukk Train is the new album from New York’s iconic feral beast Christeene. Aptly titled, the album sees Christeene leaving no soul unscathed with shrill, explosive saxophones, crushing guitars, and militant percussion backed by her affectionately named and carefully curated Fukkn Band. With a voice described as “Tina Turner or Diamanda Galás at full stretch, at the pitch of Slipknot’s Corey Taylor,” the artist delivers a cripplingly heroic collection of songs articulating a raw, popular rage in these troubling times.

In a nod to Amanda Lear, Christeene punches through the opening track Alphabets with words for the children of her generation, continuing her delightful onslaught with Beaucoup Morocco, Gutt It and a western punk’d Winston before shifting cars mid0trip with a delirious and dark I Wannit All, reminiscent of David Lynch on a ketamine trip. In a surprise turn, Christeene tickles the ivories with raw, poetic sensitivity in Piano Song and spins a lush arrangement of loneliness in Lo Paid Runway Model, only to turn around with full force and drag her freshman track Fix My Dick through the Fukkn Band she has gleaned for this powerful and arresting album.

Christeene is a human pissoir of raw unabashed sexuality; a gender-blending, booty-pounding, perversion of punk fully equipped with an arsenal of ferocious music intertwined with raw moments of strained intimacy and fiery stank. Reports from live shows describe inexplicably powerful experiences, distressed choreography, macabre scenes involving butt plugs tied to bouquets of balloons being released from the singer’s ass, wardrobes styled from the forgotten scraps of society, and intimately heated sermons on the state of the world as we know it.

The artist has collaborated with as well as performed with numerous acclaimed musicians, including Faith No More, Peaches, Fever Ray, John Grant, Kembra Pfhaler, Suicide, Roddy Bottum, Tribe 8, Narcissister, Marc Almond, Bronski Beat and Justin Vivian Bond. Longtime collaborators include award winning filmmaker PJ Raval, iconic fashion designer Rick Owens and artist Michèle Lamy. Christeene has been photographed by Jurgen Teller, Katerina Jebb, Matt Lambert and Wolfgang Tilmanns.”