18+: Prada-Endorsed Porno-Pop

Such is the experience of Googling “18+”, that when you do eventually stumble across the LA couple’s “slowed, throwed R&B theatre’” set to the mechanical gyrating of CGI ladies on Youtube, you’ve likely already blown your sensory load. Mind you, that’s exactly what they have in mind.

Though the duo only identify themselves as Boy and Sis, this ain’t no hackneyed wi†chery. Their sexy, mesmeric drag-pop leaves you, in Sis’s euphemistic words, “with a physical feeling even though you haven’t been touched.”

And to put it bluntly, 18+’s lyrics are fucked. In the most intoxicating, exciting way possible. Their best song "Forgiven" is like a sadistic take on K-Ci and Jojo’s “All My Life”, revolving around Boy taking Sis’ brother as his lover and insisting that they screw in full view of her Mama. “I’m influenced by the freedom of freestyle rap”, Sis explains. “Inhibitions become exhibitions.” And so for video accompaniment, three boulder-titted Second Life strippers sway in a sky-high temple like anaesthetised Bob Fosse dancers. By the time you get to the punchline “when we both cum, we’re forgiven”, it’s less a resolution than a kick in the teeth. Or as Sis says of the band’s sound, “like a rubber band being flicked.” Yow.

Ahead of their debut EP release on No Pain in Pop this Spring, you can listen to 18+ on their Youtube channel 18plus18plus18plus. You gotta play by their rules though - attempting to rip the audio (guilty!) creates a huge, self-corrupting file. Basically the digital equivalent of playing “Stairway to Heaven” backwards, then. Pwned.

"Do I think our songs are sexy?" laughs Boy. "That’s up to you dog, but I think it’s telling that I’ll only send my mother instrumentals." And Mama like Miuccia - the back beat of 18+’s "Drawl" soundtracks Prada’s A/W 11 campaign film. “It was weird to think I’m helping to advertise products I can’t afford”, says Boy of Steven Meisel’s Lolita-noir short. “But it felt really good!”

 

This article originally appeared in Dazed and Confused, January 2012