When I was in Tennessee, visiting, my mom and I were totally grooving to Sta Prest and I’ve been meaning to make them the myspace of the week since. And so now they are.
Looking like the B52s, sounding like the Au Pairs by way of New Zealand (that organ!) as played by Stephen Pastel, these guys and gals had records on Outpunk Records and Kill Rock Stars. They were totally at the front of the queercore scene which, as i remember it (being that i was a totally faggy teenager), was a big deal and is probably why they have a Wikipedia entry from which I am now going to gratuitously quote:
The band first made its appearance on the queercore record label Outpunk Records, on its compilation Outpunk Dance Party. Soon afterwards they released their first EP, Vespa Sex, also on Outpunk. Like other bands influenced by the nascent Riot Grrrl scene in Olympia, Washington, New York No Wave, and European post-punk, core members of Sta-Prest (Aloofah, Dudley Manlove, and Professor Swish) adopted pseudonyms, swapped instruments between songs, and practiced a consensus-based approach to song composition. A revolving membership included Tetley, Twi Tybat, Clutch-y-Spun, and Scout.
In 1997. the band appeared in performance in the seminal documentary film She’s Real, Worse Than Queer by Lucy Thane.
In 2002, Aloofah, a.k.a. Iraya Robles and Dudley Manlove, a.k.a. Gary Fembot, appeared in Maximum Rocknroll’s “Queer Punk” issue, featured in a discussion with other queer-identified musicians Martin Sorrondeguy of both Los Crudos and Limp Wrist and Aaron Detroit of The Little Deaths.
The coolest thing about this band though is that, unlike many of their peers, they still actually sound pretty good today which is why they’re the myspace of the week. Check it out!