SATURDAY

Remember Girls Against Boys? The fellas who pulled the grunge out of Tom Waits, teased their emo pleas with sleaze? Yeah, now you do. The band who gave us no-dancing-please punks the gift of sex. Smelly sex. Ironic sex. Loungey sex. The D.C. ex-pats who erased our X tats. And we were liberated, if only for one Camel Lights-induced high. Then GVSB got signed to Geffen, turned martini-emo into disco, and, well, left us for a while. Except at the annual Positive Force gig, their music was replaced with breakup rumors. Their story is an old one: They scored a major debut, in this case Freak*On*Ica (Amazon sales rank: 37,320), and midway through a promo tour, Geffen got absorbed by some corporate giant, basically folding. Since then, they’ve waited for a second chance. That was 1998. There have been side projects, DJ gigs in SoHo, and a soon-to-be-released indie-film soundtrack. And now that sex has become as complicated as peeking through Britney Spears’ glitter thong, GVSB may never get called to polish those demos. According to keyboardist and bassist Eli Janney, many options have been discussed—legal and otherwise. For now, though, the band chooses to wait. “I’m definitely pissed,” Janney says. “We wanted to have a record out. We wanted to go on tour and be a band. We are ready to go. We haven’t gotten any encouraging notices from the record company other than every few months a guy calls us and tells us how great we are.” You can tell them in person when they play with White Hassle and Schervo at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $9. (202) 667-7960. (Jason Cherkis)